Maybe I should have entitled this
"The DREADED Kitchen!"
because that is usually how I feel about cleaning and sorting it out mainly because it just entails so much.
Well really the first thing that had to be done was...
...Oh come on now if you have read any of the other posts in this series you have got to know what is coming next
MAKE A LIST
So out comes the iPad again (really it never leaves my side anyway) and into that Todo list app I love and told you about in Housework / Funwork 5 - Did I do Well?
|POCKETS LIST App|
Title of list OVERHAUL - KITCHEN
This is the list of all the things I need to do in order to completely springclean the kitchen.
Unfortunately this was going to be a much longer list than the one for the Ensuite (only 11 tasks) and the one for the Master Bedroom (15 tasks) and some of these tasks in the kitchen are going to be big jobs.
Now something else was needed while I was having to concentrate to compile this list.
Yes it was
Okay I got the list done and although it sort of depressed me at first to see the extent of this list at least I could now use the list to decide which things to do each day and and have a good sense of how much was getting done.
Because this list is so long and cannot be shown on one screen on the app I will give a shorter adaptation of it here
- Each of the Wall cupboards starting from one end and going round to other end
- Each of the Bottom cupboards in same way
- Each of the 5 single drawers in same way
- Each of the 4 drawers in The drawer unit
- Fridge Freezer
- Fronts of all drawers and cupboards plus Top and bottom trims of wood
- Table & Chairs
- Oven & Hob
- Wall Tiles
- Rest of woodwork
- Suite in sitting area
- Unit in sitting area
- Wall Decorations
- Objects on Worktops
It is best to do the inventory at the same time as the overhaul so the ABFINDIT app was now set up for the kitchen as well .
|AB FINDIT App|
STARTING THE KITCHEN OVERHAUL
I decided to start with the drawers as I felt they would mostly be the simplest areas and I would feel a sense of accomplishment quickly with each of these.
Indeed all of the single drawers are small and not used for things that would make them get very dirty so they were quickly emptied, cleaned and the contents washed and dried and returned to the drawers.
The set of drawers was a bigger job.
The Top Drawer was the one that was in best order because it contained the everyday cutlery and some extra knives and all of this was organised in a blue cutlery insert which fits the drawer perfectly.
All I had to do was take everything out and put it in the dishwasher, wash out the cutlery insert and then replace everything just leaving a few things to go into a different drawer.
The Third Drawer was easy enough - just sorting through all the Tea towels & Dish cloths to see which to keep and which to relegate to Utility Room as cleaning cloths.
Then getting them washed and back into the drawer.
The Bottom Drawer was a bit more time consuming.
I moved out the placemats and coasters to the Dining Room (these are extra ones as I keep the ones used everyday on the table in a rack. Kept the new pot holders and oven gloves that are in reserve in the drawer and used the rest of the space for the larger and seldom used items from the second drawer.
The Second Drawer was the main problem.
I think this explains it all
|Second Drawer - BEFORE|
Yes it really was brimming over like this and some things actually fell out at the back as I lifted the drawer out. You can hardly see that there are grey plastic containers of different sizes which all fit together snugly in the drawer and should hold everything neatly but don't at the moment.
I had decided to rearrange some of the content from this drawer into the bottom drawer so that we would be able to find what we wanted straight away instead of having to rummage through the drawer every time. But that means that the extra tablemats and coasters in the bottom drawer will have to move to the Dining Room (ah well I'll slip them into one of the dresser cupboards and then sort it all out when it comes the month for the Dining Room).
So everything was taken out of the second drawer, washed, dried, sorted and left sitting on the table arranged in piles of the same type of things and .....
..... well that's where it sat overnight and still is as I write this but it will be back into the drawer latter today, I promise Fred.
Lists created so far
Rooms in House (Notebook originally) Spreadsheet wk. 1
Overhaul & Inventory Year Plan Spreadsheet wk. 2
Inventory of Rooms AB FINDIT app wk. 1 & 2
Yearly Housework & Organising Schedule Spreadsheet wk. 3
Monthly Daily Weekly Home Schedule Spreadsheet wk. 4
Housework and Home Organising Schedule Spreadsheet wk. 4
Master BedRoom Ensuite Overhaul POCKETS LIST app wk. 4
Master BedRoom Overhaul POCKETS LIST app wk. 5
Master BedRoom Ensuite Top-Up List POCKETS LIST app wk. 5
Master BedRoom Ensuite ToDo List POCKETS LIST app wk. 5
Master BedRoom Top-Up List POCKETS LIST app wk. 5
Master BedRoom ToDo List POCKETS LIST app wk. 5
Daily ToDos THINGS for ipad app wk. 6
Weekly ToDos THINGS for ipad app wk. 6
Monthly ToDos THINGS for ipad app wk. 6
Goals for February Blog Post wk. 6
Kitchen Overhaul POCKETS LIST app wk. 7
Do you think I can get everything into that Second Drawer neatly?
Do you manage to cut down on things in your kitchen drawers or just keep adding instead?
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