I think it turned out really well! Now I need to move on to the bathroom, which shouldn't take me too long, since I already weeded everything out recently. (and apparently, I really need to go grocery shopping, yikes!)


Cleaning Challenge Check-in

So, today, I did a lot of cleaning in the kitchen! I didn't quite finish, but I took out a huge chunk of work, so I'm pretty proud. Here's the long list, with things I finished in BOLD.

Day 1 - Conquering the Kitchen

Make sure daily is done:
- Clear off all counter tops
- Load dishwasher
- Handwash any dishes needed
- Wipe down sink
- Wipe down stovetop
- Wipe down all the counters
- Swiffer the floor

- Take everything out of the pantry.
- Wipe down shelves.
- Toss old items and donate unused good items.
- Repackage all messy items into nice containers.
- Place all items back into the pantry in an organized fashion.

- Take everything out of the fridge and freezer (placing items in a cooler with all the remaining ice.
- Scrub down the inside and outside of the fridge, shelves, doors, ice maker and freezer.
- Replace water filter if you have one.
- Clean fridge condenser coil.
- Toss old or useless food.
- Place everything back into fridge in an organized fashion.

- Take ALLL your items out of all your cabinets and drawers. Yes... ALL!
- Wipe down the inside of all cabinets and drawers.
- Wipe down the inside of all containers such as utensil holders.
- Store items not used in over 6 months, or summer seasonal items.
- Thinking logically (ie - potholders next to stove, towels next to sink), try to put everything back in a more useful and purposeful place, and in an organized fashion.
- Scrub down the cupboard exteriors, from top of the kitchen to bottom.

All Those Appliances:
-Replace water filters in sink, coffeemaker etc.
-Descale coffee maker (run through white vinegar and then 2-3 more cycles of just water)
-Polish all appliances
-Clean out microwave and vent
-Self clean or scrub out stove
-Clean drain (baking soda, vinegar, cover, sit, then add boiling water to wash it down)

Make it Shine:
-Shine sink
-Dust from top of kitchen to bottom
-Clean that fan or light fixture
-Wash the drain stopper
-Clean and disinfect inside of trash can
-Vacuum and scrub/mop floor


Here are some pictures of my cabinets and fridge before the fall cleaning challenge.

Sorry the fridge one is sideways, I uploaded it directly from my camera.

Fall Cleaning

So, I've finished up my temp work for now. I'm technically going to be "on call" in case they need someone for any big jobs that come up. Which is fine with me!

I also found out about an amazing job opportunity at our church yesterday, so I'm in the process of applying for that position. It is the volunteer coordinator for our church, which is a part time position that sounds perfect for me. I'm praying about it, and would appreciate the same from any of my readers out there!

Speaking of which, I'd like to do a reader roll-call! So, if you read this, post a message and let me know! =)

Finally, I come to the point of this post. I have decided to begin participating in the Hyper Homemaker's Fall Cleaning Challenge. Although the challenge started two days ago, I am beginning today, instead, which means I'll be tackling my kitchen! Here is the list of things I need to accomplish:

-Empty and scrub down the inside of the fridge
-Empty and clean inside of the utensil drawers (I'll also be scrubbing my utensil drawer organizer)
-Scrub down the cupboard exteriors
-Replace water filter in the water pitcher
-Clean drain (baking soda, vinegar, cover, sit, then add boiling water to wash it down)
-Shine sink
-Polish appliances and descale coffeemaker
-Clean out pantry and reorganize
-dust the top of the cabinets and refrigerator
-run a cleaning cycle in the dishwasher
-dust interior of cabinets and line with shelf paper
-mop the floor