Week 2 of the Cleaning Challenge was to tackle the lower kitchen cupboards. This area took me about 15 minutes. I don’t have many pot or pans even though I cook for a crowd most of the time. I mainly use my large dutch oven and I layer things all in one dish, I actually only own one frying pan. I would rather make due with what I have rather than hang on to things that are only used occasionally. Around holiday time if I need extra baking dishes I purchase those aluminum throw away pans, they work great and you don’t even have to wash them. I did take note while straightening up my dish cloth drawer to purchase cloths in colors other than white, you can only bleach them so many times and they still look dingy. I think on my next trip out I will get new ones in bamboo, they are antibacterial and come in some pretty colors.
I was amazed to find how many cleaning products I had opened in the same item. I combined them and recycled the old containers, and arranged them in my under sink caddy by how often they are used. I use my counter and refrigerator cleaner every day so I have that placed to the front. Another thing I do is buy all my baggies, tinfoil, and things like that in institutional size you get a much better price and I only need to do it about once a year.
This is one of the best things I have ever done, put a boot tray under your sink where the plumbing is. I have had a minor drip from time to time and this catches the water before it ruins the wooden base. I know it won’t do much if you have a major break in the line but you will be amazed how much one little boot tray can catch. It also helps with any cleaning product spill or leak. My dishwasher sprung a pin size hole in the line and this captured the spray as well as I could hear it dripping on the plastic and was able to shut off the valve until hubby got home to check it out. This is $2 well spent.
If you missed Week #1 of the Cleaning Challenge you can see it here, and if you would like to join in on the 30 Minute Cleaning Challenge the schedule is here. Now did anyone else get any cleaning and organizing done? For me this has been a great way to stay on track and I don’t dread a big project. I will be back at the end of the month to show you; but while I was at my cleaning I also gave the cupboards a fresh coat of paint. It sure felt good to get that done.