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Deep Clean the Kitchen

Deep Clean the KitchenDeep Clean the Kitchen

Spring is coming, so come and Deep Clean the Kitchen.  I am coming to the part of my life that I don’t know if I’m washing or hanging out.  So much has gone on since last November, I can’t keep anything straight.  A couple of days ago, I decided I was going to touch every part of my house.

My goal is to see what needs to be painted, fixed, organized, and cleaned.  Can’t stop.  Won’t stop.  Until I am done.  I am determined.  Totally in control.  #notincontrol #wildlyoutofcontrol #muststop #OCDrunningwild  I can and will do this.

Needs to be Fixed

My vent needs to be replaced.  That and the ductwork needs to be fixed.  As I was cleaning the kitchen, I kept hearing a meow.  I thought it was Karen but she was nowhere in sight.  As I looked around, my kitten Lonnie, was in the floor vent.  I have no idea how she got there, but I took out the vent and fished her out.

Also, I want to get a new trashcan.  I hope a larger one with a lid.  There is no good place to put a trashcan in my kitchen.  I currently have it by the window, but it is too small and I just want something nicer.  There is a board that goes under my cabinet that needs to be put up.  Another that is up but needs to be nailed down.

We bought new windows for the house and they didn’t put the kitchen window up correctly.  That is on the to-do list.  Painting the laundry room door.  I would like to redo the decorations in the kitchen.  Sadly, I have no clue how to decorate.  One drawer needs to be fixed.  The trim needs to be repainted.  There is a light fixture that needs to be fixed.

I would love to sit down and catalog my recipes.  This is something I want to do for my kids.  Also, it is nice to organize and find things I haven’t cooked in a while.  It is a goal to write a cookbook.  My other mom has asked me for a long time.  I get it started and then stop.

Detailed Deep Cleaning

These are the things I do when I deep clean.  First, I wash the big window, inside and out.  I get some compressed air to get the corners of the windows.  They can be nasty.  My garbage can is right there, so I take that opportunity to clean the outside and inside of it.  Then, I go ahead and wipe down the walls, the baseboards, and the door to the laundry room.  Next, my vent is there, so I get the vacuum and suck out all the dirt from the vent.  Also, I extract the kitten that is crawling up inside the house.  This time, I noticed dirt, on the floor, underneath the vent.  I get that all cleaned up.  Last, I clean out the china cabinet and dust it.

From there, I move to the pantry.  I clean the door.  Then, I take everything out.  What is still good and we won’t eat, I put in a box to donate to a blessings box.  Throw away what needs to be thrown away.  Then, I organize what is left.  Wipe all the shelves down and put it all back.  My rolling island is there, so I cleaned it off and wiped it all down.

Moving on Over

From there, I get to the fridge.  I clean the floor and the vent on the bottom of the fridge.  Then, I pull everything out.  Combine what I can and throw away what I need too.  I take all the shelves out and clean each one.  Then, put it all back.  Next, I get in the freezer.  My icecubes fall on the bottom, so I have to get all of those out.  Then, I organize what is in there.  Oh, when I do my pantry and freezer/fridge, I write things down.  Later I will use that list to meal plan.

I clean off the top of the fridge.  Then, I put baking soda/water together.  Just enough water to make a paste.  I rub that on the rust spots and let it sit while I move to the drawers.  I only have 3 drawers, so it isn’t an issue.  Take everything out, wipe everything down, use a toothpick to get out the little crumbs.  Oh, I throw away the nasty dishrags, if needed.  Then put everything back.

Once that is done, I wipe down my fridge.  The baking soda leaves a film on the fridge but it DOES get the rust stains off.  It is quite amazing.  I bought some stainless steel spray.  Once I spray that on and wipe it off, the residue from the baking soda comes off.  I do that for all of my appliances.

Deep Clean the Cabinets, Dishwasher, and So Forth

I clean out all of my cabinets, reorganize, and wipe them all down.  This time, I threw away all of Hunter’s old cups.  He doesn’t need them and they were nasty.  I unloaded the dishwasher and ran an empty load.  I sprinkle in some baking soda.  Then, I add vinegar to the rinse cycle.  That cleans the inside of my dishwasher.

Once that is all done, I take a butter knife and run it along the edges of my sink.  Sometimes, I will fill the sink up with bleach water and let it sit.  Drain and wipe.  Looks so shiny when it is clean.  Also, gets the smell out of the pipes.  I will wipe down the backsplash and the counters.

Then, I will run Martin (my robot vacuum).  Other than him getting stuck under the fridge, it is pretty darn good.  He can run while I wipe the barstools down.  The very last thing I do is either mop with a regular mop or I run Irene.  She is my robot vacuum cleaner.  I love them.

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