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Welcome Spring with These Easy Tips to Clean & Freshen Your Kitchen Food Storage Areas

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Just like other areas of our homes, our pantries, cupboards and fridges can feel disorganized and cluttered after a long, harsh winter. If this is the case in your home, don’t despair! All you need is a little time and these quick tips from Mopfrog of Danbury to free your kitchen food storage areas from clutter and make them look and feel springtime fresh!

Start with The Pantry

Pantries tend to be the place where we stash all types of stray items that we think we might need or want later. Everything from grocery sacks to a stock pile of extra household items seems to end up in there, keeping us from getting the best use from the space.

Regaining control of your pantry space will provide much needed storage for items that are currently cluttering up your counters, drawers and cabinets and help make your entire kitchen look cleaner. These fast and easy steps will help you power clean your pantry in a flash.

  • Sort and organize the current contents of you pantry, making sure to discard outdated foods and spices and recycle or throw out any unneeded, broken or unwanted items.
  • Wipe down pantry shelves, containers and storage areas thoroughly as you work.
  • If you are not already doing so, try to organize your pantry to include a space for small appliances such as crockpots and blenders that take up precious counter space and make your kitchen look cluttered.

Drawers & Cupboards

Sort, organize and wipe down each drawer and cupboard just as you did the pantry. Rid these spaces of all those stray items that tend to accumulate in them, especially that junk drawer!

Once the inside is neat, clean and organized, take a moment to thoroughly clean fingerprints and food residue from the exterior of the doors and drawers to help clean and freshen the entire space. Remember to pay special attention to the drawer handles and cabinet knobs when cleaning as they can harbor germs.

The Interior of the Fridge

Much like the pantry, the refrigerator in most homes can benefit from a spring cleaning scouring in order to get rid of outdated condiments and forgotten leftovers that have turned into scary science experiments. The easiest way to do this is first remove the contents and place them inside an insulated cooler to keep them fresh while cleaning.

Wipe down the interior with an absorbent microfiber cloth to remove spills, crumbs and foodborne illnesses, such as from raw meat and poultry juices. If the shelves are removable, place them carefully on your kitchen counter and clean them thoroughly with a vinegar and water solution to freshen and sanitize before placing them back into the fridge.

Once your fridge is clean and fresh, restock it with only the foods that are still within their freshness dates, even if they are unopened. For a natural deodorizing solution, place a fresh, open box of baking soda near the back to help keep your newly cleaned fridge smelling fresher longer.

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Creating A Picture Perfect Pantry

After years of relying on drive-thru restaurants and home delivered pizzas, busy Americans are once again discovering the benefits of cooking family meals at home. Not only are these meals more economical and nutritious, preparing meals at home offers far better nutrition and an excellent option for families to spend more quality time together.

Cooking Fun Begins With a Great Pantry

Cooking fun begins with a clean, well-organized pantry. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of using our pantries as more of a catchall, than the well-organized food and kitchen equipment storage area they are meant to be. Here are some great tips designed to help you create a pantry that will make family meal preparation easier and help you save time and money, as well.

Step-by-Step Pantry Makeover Process

Any food storage area should be clean, neat and pest-free. Follow these steps to take your pantry from jumbled storage area to absolutely divine.

Clean and Remove Clutter

  • Remove all items that are not related to cooking and meal preparation and store them elsewhere
  • Sort all items in the pantry and dispose of any that are expired
  • Invest in a thorough, deep cleaning¬†from a professional cleaning service to remove dirt, freshen and sanitize the area; or clean the walls and shelves with a non-toxic cleaning product, such as a DIY vinegar solution, then let dry thoroughly
  • Put some cedar wood shavings in small containers or jars and place them throughout the pantry as a natural and effective repellant for insects

Creating a User-Friendly Pantry

Pantries that are easy to use will not only make cooking more enjoyable, but they will stay cleaner too. Here are some great ideas to increase the user-friendly quality of your pantry.

Storage containers

  • Use easy to access storage containers for staples, like flour, sugar, rice, beans, oats, pasta, salt and spices. Clear, sturdy bins that can be stacked, or large canisters work well for these items, as long as they are food-safe, tightly lidded and properly labeled
  • Group like items together, such as spices, canned goods and oils
  • Store frequently used items at waist and eye level, and remember to rotate older products to the front each time you shop to ensure they are used first to maintain freshness
  • Store infrequently used items, such as turkey roasters and holiday cookie cutters on high or low shelves where they will be out of the way until needed
  • Consider space saving ideas, such as adjustable shelving and floor bins for potatoes and onions that can slide under the bottom shelf
  • Consider installing shallow shelves on the inside of the pantry door to hold spice containers, along with hooks for aprons
  • Label shelves and place small items, such as napkin rings, cloth napkins, candles and other necessary items in labeled baskets or bins
  • Keep floor area clear and provide a safe, sturdy stool to reach top shelves

Taking just a couple of hours to follow these steps to an organized pantry is the first step toward making family mealtime as effortless as it is enjoyable. Now get cooking!

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