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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  • Sort and organize the current contents of you pantry, making sure to discard outdated foods and spices and recycle or throw out any unneeded, broken or unwanted items.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Much like the pantry, the refrigerator in most homes can benefit from a spring cleaning scouring in order to get rid of outdated condiments and forgotten leftovers that have turned into scary science experiments.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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Helpful Tips on Raising Kids in a Healthy, Clutter Free Environment

One of the first things many new parents notice about life with their child is their newly crowded home! Suddenly even sparsely furnished homes are filled to the brim with cribs, swings, clothing, toys, and all the apparatus that seems magnetically attracted to each new child in the family.

Whether you are dealing with this type of new baby clutter or are overwhelmed by the amount of things your home has accumulated as your family has grown, these tips will help you learn to effectively control clutter and help you teach your kids how to do so, as well.


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Understanding the Myth About Clutter

If you have ever looked around your cluttered home and thought that the problem was due to its small size, then you have fallen prey to one of the most popular myths about clutter. In most cases, buying a larger home will just magnify the problem and soon even one with substantially more square footage will also become cluttered.

Surprisingly, clutter most often occurs for just two simple reasons:

      1. There is no designated area for each item in the home
      2. There is no daily routine to insure that each item is returned to its designated area.

Controlling Clutter Starts With Storage

Clutter begets more clutter. Accordingly, the first step in controlling clutter is to take a look around your home and determine where you need more storage for your children’s things. Consider opting for a zoned storage approach so that each item is convenient to use and put away, even for children.

Some zoned storage solutions include:

  • Hooks, baskets or a bench with storage under the seat in the entry or mudroom area of the home for boots, hats, gloves, backpacks and outdoor wear, sporting equipment and other items that tend to get dropped inside the door as children come in.
  • A dedicated location for paperwork, including mail, newspapers, homework assignments, school permission slips and other papers. A corner desk in the family kitchen or family room with cubbies or a basket for each child works well for this.
  • A storage box placed under each child’s bed is perfect for safely storing artwork and school projects that were meaningful, as well as letters, cards or craft items that they are not yet ready to part with. At the end of each school year, parents and children can spend an afternoon reliving the memories by going through the box together. Talk about the items and then photograph or scan them to create a digital journal on a thumb drive for the child, before recycling the items to make room for the next year’s things.

Defeat New Clutter With Daily Defense

Just a few minutes of effort, can keep new clutter at bay and help instill healthy habits that will benefit your kids for life.

  • Put things where they belong: Teach your kids that everything has a home. Now that you have the proper storage solutions in place, the items now belong somewhere and thus, should be put away. This is especially important when putting away children’s toys.
  • The Morning Ten: Teach kids (and practice these habits yourself) to spend the first ten minutes of their morning making their beds, depositing dirty laundry into the hamper and wiping the sink after brushing their teeth.
  • The Dinner Time Ten: Ten minutes is usually all it takes for a family to work together to put away leftovers, clear and wipe the table and counters, load the dishwasher, sweep the kitchen and take food scraps to the compost pile. Rotate the chores through all family members and make this into a fun family exercise that will instantly help make the home look cleaner and less cluttered. This is also a good time to get the coffeepot ready, start the dishwasher or lay out any items needed for the next day.
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Cleaning the Clutter

One of the most difficult challenges that people often face when cleaning their home doesn’t actually have to do with dust, dirt or grime. The chief culprit that can lead people to feeling overworked and overwhelmed when it comes to house cleaning is actually clutter. Clutter is a problem that tends to start small and quickly balloon into a larger problem. Maybe the kids didn’t put their toys away after playtime. Maybe you left papers on a desk assuming you would get to them later and never did. Before you know it, it feels like you’re trapped under a mountain of clutter that you just can’t seem to get rid of. There are a few key techniques that you can use to unclutter the home today.

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One of the absolute best ways to unclutter the home involves taking a series of steps to prevent clutter from occurring in the first place. In all areas of the home where clutter is initially created, it’s usually tied directly to taking things out of their normal resting places and failing to put them away. If you’re going through important business files in the office, for example, you may soon find yourself under a mountain of paperwork. Getting in the habit of only keeping things “out” for exactly as long as you’re using them before putting them away again will dramatically reduce the amount of clutter you’re dealing with overall. While you are going through these items it also helps to toss what is no longer needed

You can even turn this technique into a fun learning experience for young kids. If some of your clutter problems have to do with too many toys that aren’t getting put away, for example, make sure you teach kids to put toys away once they are done playing with it. The amount of time it takes to remove a toy from the shelf and put it back again are identical, even though those are two separate actions.

Another way to unclutter the home involves making sure that every item has a “home” so that you can put things back where they belong. If you’re dealing with too much stuff and do not seem to have the space for everything begin decluttering in small amounts. Keep the items that you need, use regularly and love and make room by donating, recycling or tossing the things you no longer need, replaced with a newer model or outgrew. 

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