When was the Last Time You Cleaned the Kitchen Cabinets?

M kitchen and pantry shelves take a direct hit during the holidays. But when I found powdered sugar in the vent below the cabinet that holds the dry ingredients I knew it was time to clean the kitchen cabinets.

KITCHEN PANTRY

TIME TO CLEAN THE KITCHEN CABINETS

It was time to clean the contents of the pantry and kitchen cabinets that housed baking and cooking staples. Let’s go!

KITCHEN CABINETS

This first step is a bit of a hassle, but you will appreciate it when you are done!

EMPTY

Get everything out of the cabinets, pantry, and kitchen drawers. It is the same strategy for changing a room’s layout.

CLEAN

This step sounds obvious. But don’t forget these steps:

  • Remove the liners (wash the liners). I bought this roll.
  • I could not believe the dirt left on the counter when I rinsed the liners and placed them on the counter to dry. Eww.
  • Clean the cabinet pulls and don’t forget the stove dials.
  • Sort through the bags of flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar etc.
  • I store my flour, sugars, and oats in glass containers.
  • I bought these pantry labels to for the jars. I love them.
  • I found the glass jars at Walmart and Target.
FLOUR IN A GLASS JAR
  • Over the last few holidays my syrups, honey, and Karo syrup get pretty gunky. To clean the lids I boil water (yes I use my electric tea kettle a gift from my son) and then soak the lids in a bowl to dissolve the sticky lids.

EXPIRATION DATES

Recently, when I cleaned out the pantry, we found an unopened bottle of catsup with a 2017 expiration date. How did that happen? Eww,

It was a dark brown if you are wondering.

My family routinely checks the expirations on eye drops, cough medicine, and Tylenol.

EXPIRATION DATES ON MEDICINE

SHELVES

With the contents of the shelves on the kitchen table and island, it is a good time to measure the height of your cabinet or pantry shelves. I survey my “tallest” staples for one shelf and then adjust the others.

GLASS STORAGE JARS ON PANTRY SHELVES

Storage Containers

Over the years I have tried lots of storage ideas. I love my glass jars but I think the brown sugar dries out sooner in the jar. I recently shared this tip for brown sugar.

My favorite storage bins are the clear plastic bins you can find online, at Target or Homegoods. I feel like my kitchen shelves and pantry are ready for spring.

CLEAN OUT THE KITCHEN CABINETS

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Thank you for stopping by today. This is a great project for a rainy day! Please share your storage suggestions for maximizing your cabinet or pantry space.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s not a fun job but so satisfying when it’s done. I cleaned mine when we put the house up for sale then again when we moved and at the new house. fun times!It’s definitely been a challenge with a much smaller pantry. I love those labels!

  2. I’ve got an idea… can you come to my house and show me how to clean my cabinets? #askingforafriend

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