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Kitchen Cleaning and Organization – The Household Organization Diet

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If you want to improve your kitchen organization, this post has it all. Everything you need to thoroughly clean, tidy and organize your kitchen is here – including tips, tricks, tutorials and free printables.

cleaning and organizing the kitchen

Ready to clean and declutter your kitchen? This post will help guide you through all the steps you need to take to completely declutter, thoroughly clean and declutter your kitchen. It was designed to be used as part of a housekeeping diet, but it can definitely be done on its own.

Smoothie bar in a white kitchen.

You can take as much time as you need to complete the checklist – just keep moving forward! Deliberately scheduling your organization’s time and really sticking to it can really help you get to work on your goals. It helps. It’s all about progress over perfection.

Organized kitchen pantry cupboards.

Household Organizing Diet – Kitchen Organizing

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where friends and family gather and enjoy delicious meals together. Having a well-organized kitchen makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, cuts down on meal prep time, and creates a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in which the whole family can relax. Don’t clutter your dinner table. 😉

Use a cake stand to display your cleaning supplies in a cute way next to your sink.

household budget diet plan

A Household Organization is basically a year-long plan to organize, thoroughly clean, and organize every space in your home. Work in a different room each month. Some spaces require a lot of time, others are easier. Work at your own pace, do what you can, and feel free to adjust your plans to make it work for you. The key is just to get started!

Bin acrylic sticks used inside kitchen cabinet door for water bottle storage.

Each month there is a free printable set that includes a task list, a blank task list for adding your own tasks, and a note sheet. We recommend printing these out and putting them in a binder for frequent reference. You can also print two copies of the task sheet and hang one copy on your refrigerator or other visible place in your home. If you want your task to go faster (or just a little longer), you can adjust the speed to fit your particular schedule. It’s totally up to you!

Pantry OXO storage bins with vinyl labels.

We also constantly post some helpful tutorials and tips to help you complete each task. Please pin or bookmark these posts so you can read back through these articles before you start. If you have any specific questions or ideas that you think could help us complete our tasks and stay on track, please leave a comment or let us know by email. I always love hearing from you!

Organized glass jars used for food storage in the kitchen.

kitchen to-do list

Here are the tasks to tackle in the kitchen this month. You can print the list as shown below or print a blank list to customize your own to-do list.

Free printables to help you clean and organize your kitchen.

Download the KITHCN TO DO list here
Download your blank kitchen to-do list here

Lilac in a vase by the kitchen sink.

kitchen notebook

Keep a notebook sheet {or two!} handy to write down or buy kitchen projects, home improvement ideas, additional tasks, products, and more. Use one for the tasks you want to do this month and the second for the projects you want to do in the future.

Free printable kitchen notebooks.

Download the kitchen notebook sheet here

Use the inside of your kitchen cabinet door for extra storage space. White cabinets with towel bars and glued acrylic bins to create extra storage. Great kitchen organization idea!

kitchen cleaning tips

The kitchen is probably the hardest place in the house to work in, so it needs a little ingenuity. When you’re working on a general cleaning task, start with items that are higher up and work your way down to the floor for the most efficient cleaning plan. Many of these cleaning tasks need to be done regularly throughout the year, so it’s a good time to develop a regular cleaning plan. To help you get started, I’ve put together all of my favorite kitchen cleaning posts for you.

A farmhouse style organized kitchen with a cute sink display.

Kitchen cleaning tasks to remember

In addition to the above tasks, don’t forget to clean up these little “forgotten areas” during the month.

  • Cupboard top. If your cupboards don’t extend to the ceiling, clean the tops of your cabinets. Do this first so all the dust and dirt that might fall off doesn’t ruin what you’ve already cleaned.
  • Light fixtures and light switches. If the light fixture is removable, wash it with a mild soap and water. Otherwise, just dust and wipe it off.
  • behind electrical appliances. If possible, move appliances so you can clean behind and under them. Not only does this remove dust, dirt, and debris, it also allows your appliances to work more efficiently (especially the refrigerator!).
  • Inside cupboards and drawers.For really good organization, you need to remove all items from your drawers and cupboards {you don’t have to do it all at once!}. Clean the inside of cupboards and drawers while you’re out of things.
  • Kitchen cabinet door. Even if you regularly find clean spills and drips, these can be removed with proper deep cleaning to remove accumulated oil and dirt.
  • blinds or curtains. If you have blinds or curtains in your kitchen, clean them thoroughly. Curtains are washable. We recommend using the highest possible temperature setting based on the material. If you can pull the blinds down, I think the easiest thing to do is toss them in the tub and wash them. Otherwise, be sure to use a suitable degreaser when spraying.

An organized fridge with lazy susans and mason jars to keep things organized.

kitchen organization ideas

A well-organized kitchen not only looks great, but it also saves you time, energy and money. An uncluttered space reduces food costs and waste, and reduces meal planning and cooking time. Plus, it makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and less frustrating. We recommend starting with this post – 8 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen – and going from there. I’ve listed all my kitchen organization posts below.

A wooden tray for enclosing frequently cooked items.

Wow! Hooray! I know there is a lot of information, but I would like to have it all in one place. Try not to feel overwhelmed. Do one task at a time. You can totally do it!

A collection of the best kitchen organization tips and ideas.

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