Okay, so here's the email I got this morning to get me started...
Today's Assignment (estimated time: 1-2 hours)
- Photograph your whole kitchen. Post a few "before"
photos onto your Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook accounts,
using the hashtag #kitchncure. Open those cupboards and refrigerator
doors and dare to show us the state of things. Show any mess in
particular that you hope to clean up: mismatched leftovers containers, a
sad lack of ingredients, a cabinet stuffed with too many ingredients,
some expired. Does anyone dare to show their pantry moths or their
filthy stove? Go for it. Put it all out there.
- Toss old food. Go through your refrigerator and
freezer and clean up your food clutter. The foods we have in our
kitchens should be fresh and replenished frequently. Half your freezer
has freezer-burn. There are two ice cream pints with a spoonful left in
each. Eat or trash it. That bag of Parmesan rinds?
If you're saving it for soup, make one now. Or throw them away.
Re-consider the jar of preserved lemons you got as a wedding favor five
years ago. It's brown, you have no idea how to use it, and it takes up
energetic space in your kitchen. Toss it. If it has expired, has not
been used in the last 6-12 months, or has duplicates (consolidate if
possible), it's time to de-clutter. Here is a very helpful post
specifically about condiments and expiration dates.
- Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Don the rubber
gloves and get some rags, a sponge, a mop, a bucket, some hot water,
and an eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaner. Prepare a gallon or two of
diluted cleaning solution. Take everything out of the refrigerator and
set it on the counter or in a cooler to the side. As you remove the jars
and bottles, wipe them down with a warm, moist cloth. For containers
that have a film (oil for example) you should use a clean sponge dipped
in the warm cleaning solution to cut through the grease. Take out any
racks and drawers and wash them in a large sink or bathtub. Now wipe
down every remaining surface in the refrigerator with a rag dipped in
the warm cleaning solution. Do the same with the freezer. Yes, this
means if you have a frost-filled freezer, it's time to defrost. When
everything is clean and dry, put all your food back. Here is a
discussion on how to organize your fridge.
- Photograph your results. Show off your progress on your social media accounts. Be proud! (Don't forget to tag your work with #kitchncure.)
- Rest up for tomorrow. Pour yourself a drink and make a simple meal from the provisions in your fresh new fridge.
Okay...yeah...an hour or two? Seriously? That is a full days job if not two. Although I do appreciate the "pour yourself a drink", so even if I don't finish the rest of the jobs I'll be ending my day with that piece of advice! So the "10 Day Kitchen Cure" may take me all of October, but I shall triumph! I WILL have a tidy, organized kitchen! For today I'm going to do the "before" pictures and toss stuff from the fridge and then tomorrow I'll tackle cleaning the fridge and I'll take on the freezer.
This is a big job...