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Clean Out Your Cabinets

To Welcome In Our New Cabinet

January 19, 2021 Hannah McIntosh
Photo by Callum Hill on Unsplash

If you haven’t fully recovered from the chaos 2020 potentially wreaked in your life, start the new year with some enviable organization, at least in your kitchen. And in line with the clearing out of the current Cabinet of the United States in preparation for the entrance of a new administration, we thought a good cabinet refresh would be an apropos gesture. So here’s a quick guide on refreshing your kitchen cabinets.

Toss Out The Trash

The first step in reorganizing your cabinets is to throw away things that are taking up space. That dusty box of stale oats you bought in 2017? Get rid of it. A jar of peanut butter that’s actually empty? It’s time to put that in the recycle. A chipped glass that you’ve cut your lip on? Put it to rest. Part of a refresh is making space for new energy, and in this case, that means physically removing old debris.

Organized shelves | Credit: Shutterstock

Actually Clean

Once you’ve thrown away the trash, it wouldn’t make sense to just put everything back into your cabinets without a thorough clean. All good things usually require a little elbow grease. If you have a vacuum with a small nozzle, give each shelf a once over, and if not, a wipe with a damp cloth will do just as well. Next, use some kind of cleaning solution – be it an all-purpose spray – or a mixture of soap and water, to give each shelf and the outsides of the doors a good clean. Before you know it, your kitchen will not only look but feel sparkly.

Cleaning supplies | Photo by Crema Joe on Unsplash

Get Strategic

Now that you have a clean slate, make a rough plan about how you’ll organize your cabinets. Remember, this is a fresh start in a way, a time when the organizational possibilities are endless. Baskets, bins, and dividers are a great way to keeps things tidy, especially small items. If you have tall shelves, stackable racks allow you to make the most of otherwise empty space and increase storage capacity. When you’re reloading everything in, put the items you reach for the most near the front. It never hurts to make things easier for yourself.

Organized drawer | Photo by Jarek Ceborski on Unsplash

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