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Kitchens...we love them and we hate them. Fact is, we spend a large percentage of our time there. This lesson will deal only with cleaning the kitchen. Decluttering the kitchen and organizing it for effeciency will be covered in the decluttering pages.

You can break the following list into several days' worth of work. This would be a set of activities for a typical "station" week. Refer back to my Master Task Lists ONE and TWO to find out what I do for daily, weekly and station work.

As always, the first thing you need to do is clear clutter. Gather all the mail, papers, keys, dishtowels, hotpads, jars, etc. and put them somewhere to deal with later. If you haven't gotten to the heavy declutter phase, you at least need to have things in a general area, preferrably in piles somewhere so you can get to that step. It's nice to declutter after the room is clean.

  1. Have your supplies gathered. I have sets of things I use in every room and I keep those in a cabinet in the room in which they are used - for instance I keep dish soap, windex, scouring powder, oven cleaner, bleach, lighter fluid and some other things not used too often under the kitchen sink. You'll need some paper towels (I sometimes use newspaper) and rags. I keep a good supply of rags in my pantry.

    Besides the cleaning supplies, have these items near the room:

    • broom
    • vacuum
    • mop
    • bucket of warm water with about 1/4 cup of ammonia added (if you are doing walls)
    • bucket of warm water just plain (if you are doing walls)

  2. Put on your gloves. I always use gloves to protect my skin every time I do dishes or clean. Chemicals are harsh and there's no sense roughing up your skin.

  3. Remove racks from oven and turn the oven on to the lowest setting you have.

  4. Fill the sink with hot water and add a squirt of dish soap. Wash all dishes, rinse and put them away. Drain the sink.

  5. Turn the oven off.

  6. Next, take the broom and sweep off the cobwebs and dust in all the high places on the ceiling and walls. You can use the broom as is, or place a cloth over it. You can make a muslin or flannel bag with an elastic edge that fits right over it. When you are done it's easily tossed in the wash. Keep one near your broom (or on the handle with a rubber band to take off when needed.)

  7. Climb up on a ladder and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Take your spray bottle of window cleaner and a rag with you so you can spray and wipe. One trip up the ladder should do it unless fixtures are so dirty they need a wash in the sink. (Which WILL probably be the case the first time you do it.) Either way, make sure they are clean.

  8. Take down the curtains, if necessary. Put them in the washer. Some bathroom curtains are plastic. Just clean them in the appropriate manner. Set theam aside until later.

  9. Take rugs out and shake. Put them in the wash, if necessary.

  10. Take care of hard-surface floors here if you use a broom or dust mop. Sweeping with a broom distributes a lot of dust. It helps to control dust if you l-i-g-h-t-l-y mist the floor with window cleaner. You don't want the floor wet - just enough to control the dust.

  11. Next you'll want to feather dust as much as you can all around the room. Work in a circle dusting picture frames, knick-knacks, table-tops, plants, whatever. Stay in an area until you are ready to move on.

  12. Now vacuum. "Vacuum after I dust?", you ask. Yes. If your vacuum kicks and tosses dust everywhere you need a new vacuum or a better quality vacuum bag.

  13. Spray all the windows. If you have a lot of windows, spray 2, wash one; spray another, wash the second one; etc. until you are done. As you work around the room in a circle, also do mirrors, picture glass and frames.

  14. Remove any knick-knacks, cannisters, or storage jars from counter tops and wipe counters. Spray them with the windex or a bleach solution and rewipe. Wash cannisters, jars, cutting boards or anything else that actually goes on a counter and wipe dry. Replace items in their proper places.

  15. Remove knick-knacks from shelves and tables. Spray them with the window cleaner and quickly wipe. Wash any knick-knacks that need it. They are dusted already, but some need a more thorough cleaning due to hairspray and other flying sticky things you find in bathrooms. I put a glop of ammonia in the basin and just wash them in the sink, rinse well, and set these aside while you...

  16. Remove doilies and tablecloths and wash them if necessary (Use a gentle cycle with a low agitate time. (I bet those rugs are ready to hang or dry in the dryer.) This may be on one of your scheduled laundry days. I generally do all the doilies and cloths from the whole house in one day whenever they need it. Do not use bleach on your fine heirlooms. Use peroxide and borax. These do not harm the fibers as chlorine does.

  17. I don't have furniture that needs polished, but if you do, spray table-tops and shelves with polish. Do not do these ahead. Most furniture polish is not supposed to set. Just work your way around the room in a circle.

  18. If you need to wash walls, do it now. Fill the bucket with warm water that has a bit of ammonia and a drop or two of dish soap in it. Dip the sponge in the bucket, squeeze until it no longer drips but is still very wet; then beginning at the bottom wet the entire wall. Now take another sponge, dip it in the plain water, and rewipe the wall from bottom to top. Move on to the next section of wall, replacing water if it gets too dirty. Don't forget the baseboards.

    I cheat here a lot. I keep matching paint handy and when a wall or door gets to where it's not looking good after being washed I just touch it up with paint. It will not match for about a week or two, then it blends in and looks great. My walls look fresh all the time.

  19. Take the windex and spray the outside of the cabinets. If they are wood just do a few at a time. Let the cleaner work a bit, then wipe them off.

  20. Spray inside of oven with oven cleaner.

  21. Spray and wipe exteriors of all appliances.

  22. Turn off and empty refrigerator. Take out all shelves and place near sink. Spray inside of frige and let set while you wash and dry shelves adn drawers. Wipe inside of frige and then replace shelving and drawers. Dump any old food. Replace cold items, then turn frige back on. Wash storage bowls.

  23. Wipe out inside of oven with paper towels, then with rags wetted with clean water. Do this several times.

  24. Scour sink, rinse and wipe dry. Put away dish drainer and remove rags to laundry. Put out fresh wash cloth and tea towels.

  25. Mop floor and wax if necessary.

  26. Lay your doilies out flat to dry. When they are nearly dry, spray lightly with starch and iron. Dry tablecloths however you choose. Replace them on tables and shelves, and tastefully arrange your pretties. Hang your curtains back up and enjoy your lovely kitchen.

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