Week 3 and Week 4 Home Organizing Challenge

Last week was totally crazy and I forgot to post week 3 home organizing challenge. So sorry! Since Week 3 is organizing the kitchen and Week 4 is organizing the Pantry, I decided to combine both posts.

Week 3: Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used room of the home. Not a day goes by that you don’t use the kitchen.  Even if you don’t cook much like me, it still gets used and sometimes can become cluttered and the most disorganized space. It is so important to have your kitchen organized and functional, because it will help you keep the rest of your house running smoothly.  This week is the time to declutter, set up a new system if the current one isn’t working and get your kitchen organized.  You have this week to organize you kitchen and pantry.  My suggestion is since we are combining week 3 and week 4 challenge, break it up into several days.  Remember the purpose of an organized kitchen and pantry is to allow you to easily access what you need.  Organize with functionality in mind that suits your family’s needs.  Happy Organizing!

Organizing Kitchen Plan and Checklist:

  1. Pull out everything from cabinets.
  2. Pull out everything from drawers.
  3. Purge everything that is not used, duplicates and doesn’t belong.
  4. Wipe down the insides of cabinets, cabinet doors, inside and outside of drawers.
  5. Put everything back that you have decided to keep and use.
  6. A pet peeve of mine is having a bunch of stuff on the refrigerator door. It makes the kitchen look messy and cluttered, so take everything off the refrigerator door.  Either throw items away or store somewhere else.
  7. Clean all appliances.
  8. Wipe down counters, backsplash, and table.
  9. Sweep and mop.

The Process:

  1. Clear off your kitchen table and countertops…this is where all of your items are going  as you are pulling items out from cabinets and drawers.
  2. Empty out all cabinets and drawers.
  3. Go through all items and discard broken and no longer used items.  Trash the broken items and donate the items you no longer use.
  4. With the items you are keeping and planning to use, place items into categories.  Ex: baking, Tupperware, kitchen utensils, etc.
  5. Wipe down the insides of cabinets, cabinet doors, inside and outside of drawers. If you use shelf liners, now is the time to add them.
  6. Put everything back into the cabinets and drawers (in categories).
  7. Clean off the refrigerator.
  8. Wipe down all appliances…big and small.
  9. Take everything off the kitchen counters and put on your kitchen table.
  10. Wipe down kitchen counters and backsplash.
  11. Put items back on the counters.
  12. Wipe down kitchen table.
  13. Sweep and mop

 

Week 4: The Pantry 

Organizing the pantry should be pretty straight forward…

Organizing Pantry Plan and Checklist:

  1. Empty the pantry.
  2. Wipe down the shelves, even if you have wired shelves.
  3. Toss expired food.
  4. Put everything back into an organized, orderly fashion.

The Process:

  1. Empty the pantry and put everything on the counters and/or kitchen table.
  2. Wipe down the shelves, even if you have wired shelves.
  3. Go through every item and toss expired food, cans, spices.
  4. Put the items you are keeping into categories. Ex: spices, baking, canned goods.
  5. Use baskets, bins, food containers to organize your food into categories.  If you don’t have any or don’t want to use them, still separate your food into categories. The goal is to create an organized, neat and uniform look.
  6. Sweep and mop the floor.  You want it nice and clean before you put everything back into the pantry.
  7. Put all your baskets, bins, containers and food items back into your pantry.
  8. Label each basket, bin, container.

 

I hope you will join me in this challenge. Please share your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #pmporgchallenge, blog and link back to this challenge and share your before and after pictures.   Good luck.  I’ll see you next week for week 5 challenge.

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