ENJOY AN ORGANIZED KITCHEN

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. In it we meet several times a day and share very important moments of our lives. On many occasions, new projects and dreams are discussed at lunch or dinner time, so it is important that you maintain order and keep this vital space organized. You will achieve the harmony and stability necessary to enjoy each day organized and full of enthusiasm.

However, we have cupboards and drawers full of unnecessary utensils and items that belong in other rooms of the house. Invoices for water and light, bottle corks, napkins and small children's toys coexist on the same shelf or in the same drawer.

Putting order into the kitchen does not differ much from the process of organizing other rooms. Empty and clean all cabinets and make decisions with each object you have in your hands. Keep what is really necessary and useful. Get rid of what is broken and unusable. Sell or give away what you have never used and also what you have not used in the last year.

If this task seems difficult or boring, or you just do not have time or inclination to face this challenge of organizing your kitchen, I can help you. Get ready to enjoy a fully equipped kitchen and which is organized in a professional manner where you can enjoy the pleasure of cooking every day.

THE ESSENTIALS OF AN ORGANIZED KITCHEN

ACCESSIBILITY
Place utensils and other everyday equipment in an easily accessible place such as the countertop, front shelves or top drawers.

CLEAN AND NEAT
The kitchen is not a museum or sanctuary, nor is the refrigerator the family photo album and even less your children's craft folder. Therefore, do not overload it. Keep it clean, tidy and clutter free. A countertop should be as clear as possible enabling you to prepare meals faster and make cleaning up so much easier.

BREAKAGES
Do not keep broken crockery or sets of which you only have 1 or 2 pieces left. It is hazardous to keep broken plates and glassware. Complete sets are more manageable as they can be stacked one on top of the other.

JUST ENOUGH
For example, if you are 3 or 4 in the family; 6 glasses, 6 cups, 6 flat plates, 6 bowls , etc. will be sufficient.

LINING THE INTERIOR OF THE CABINETS
Protect the interior of the cabinets with special papers or vinyl designed for interior of kitchen furniture, this helps to prevent moisture and scratching of pots and pans. This will ease cleaning and keep the cupboards looking new for longer.

GLASS IS BETTER THAN PLASTIC
The containers used for storing and cooking food, should be made of glass rather than plastic. This is not only for an environmental issue, but also for your health. Glass containers do not release particles or dangerous components. They preserve the flavour of food and withstand temperatures of up to 300ºC in cooking and -40ºC in freezing.

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
Purchase several sprayers and fill them with the following natural products: water and vinegar mixed in equal quantities, use this mixture to clean and disinfect countertops, sinks and stainless steel appliances. Lemon juice is an excellent ally against lime-scale, it can be used to clean tiles, grout and even floors. Tea tree essential oil is potent against mould. Sodium bicarbonate can be used for the glass or ceramic stove top and also the hobs. Borax is useful as a pesticide, and for deodorizing and unclogging drains.

INSPECTING YOUR REFRIGERATOR

White or metallic grey and even bold red, fridges come in various shapes and sizes. Sometimes the fridge is big and with a belly full and others almost empty. It is such a vital device that it represents the general state of our home and even of our mind. That's how our refrigerators are.
They do not require great care, but regular cleaning and periodic order will allow you to prepare delicious, healthy meals quickly. In addition, refrigerators which are well ordered and not overstocked with food get more circulation of cold air, thus saving energy costs.

TEMPERATURE
The temperature recommended by the manufacturers is 4ºC for the refrigerator and -18ºC for the freezer. You can activate the Super Cold function if the fridge is at maximum capacity or adjust the temperature manually to 2ºC if this function is not an option. Remember to lower the temperature in summer and keep it constant by opening the door as little as possible. Do not overstock the fridge nor put hot food inside.

STORAGE OF FOOD
In the door of the fridge keep eggs, drinks, sauces, butter and jam. The upper part of the refrigerator is reserved for preserves, cheeses and other dairy products. On the middle shelves place sausages and leftovers. At the bottom, above the drawers, place the meat and fish conveniently stored in glass containers. Fruits and vegetables that need refrigeration will be placed inside the drawers. And finally, remember to leave the most recent purchases in the back and put the other foods in the front row.

CLEANING
Thoroughly clean your fridge and freezer for it to work efficiently. The food will keep longer when the fridge is running at optimal conditions for consumption. It is a mandatory task that you should do at least once a month. The first thing to do is empty the appliance and unplug it, so the ice in the freezer will melt. Take this opportunity to throw away everything that is in poor condition or expired even if looks good. Start with the freezer and remove the remains of ice with hot water. Use a bucket and have some towels on hand to mop up water if necessary. Use a mild detergent and a cloth. Never use a knife or other sharp object to clean the refrigerator or you will damage it. You will be able to brighten it and give it shine using a mixture of baking soda and water. On a daily basis just wipe with a cloth dipped in vinegar. To keep any odours at bay, simply put a glass of lemon juice or baking soda into the fridge.

LABELLING
This is the basis of an organized refrigerator and freezer. Write the name of the prepared dish or food, the number of servings and the date of packaging. Use a permanent marker on bags with airtight seal and self-adhesive stickers for packaging.

THE CHALLENGE OF A CLEAN KITCHEN

The kitchen is undoubtedly the area of the house that requires more attention in terms of cleanliness. It is not necessary to clean it in depth every day, but routine disinfection habits will keep dirt and bacteria at bay.

  1. EMPTY THE WASTE BIN
    Do not wait until the lid can no longer close before changing the bin bag. If you are one of those committed to recycling, you can purchase biodegradable rubbish bags that are of high quality and tear resistant.
  2. CLEANING OF VITROCERAMICS AND BURNERS
    Use a soft sponge, a cloth and a scraper to clean the glass ceramic. The first step is to wipe the surface with soap and water. Try a solution of vinegar and water or a few drops of lemon for the most difficult spots. If you have a stove and you need an express cleaning, oven cleaners are a good solution. However as a more natural and ecological version, lemon juice is once again your ally since it is a powerful degreaser. Rub all the parts of the burner with half a lemon and rinse thoroughly with hot water.
  3. MICROWAVE OVEN
    For a daily cleaning and when it is not very dirty, it will be sufficient to place a container with 230 ml of water in the microwave for 5 minutes. The steam will soften the dirt and a cloth is all you need to dry it. If it is necessary to degrease and deodorize, you can use the same method, using a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water or lemon and water, then wipe the surfaces dry with a soft cloth.
  4. CONVENTIONAL OVEN
    The grease from conventional ovens often requires the use of commercial abrasive products such as caustic soda, you must be very careful when applying them. Protect your eyes, mouth and skin when you are going to use these products and carefully read the instructions for a correct application since some are applied in a cold oven and others require the oven to be hot. Rinse well with water. Check the joints and hinges of the door, removing any remaining product. Try the green alternative by cleaning with baking soda. Cover the base, top and sides of the oven with a layer of half a centimetre of baking soda moistened with water and leave it on for twelve to twenty four hours. You will need a bit of physical strength to remove the product but you will avoid corrosive cleaners as well. For grids and trays you can use ammonia. Insert them in a leak-proof bag and add 60ml of liquid ammonia. Close the bag and leave it to soak for 12 hours. After this time rinse well and remove the remaining residues. Dry them and they will be ready to be put back inside the oven again.
  5. THE SINK
    It is the happy nest of bacteria, insects, mould, lime scale and rust. Consider the composition of the sink. Most of them are made of stainless steel, as it is a highly resistant, economical material that does not rust, but there are also synthetic sinks, resins, marble or granite, ceramic, quartz and glass sinks. The best option, given the wide variety of materials used in the sinks, is to consult with the supplier. In any case, a cloth dipped in soap and hot water is a perfect cleaner for all of them. Keep in mind that they are designed and prepared for easy cleaning. Try to avoid hard steel or aluminium scourers because they will scratch the surface.
  6. WORK ZONES
    For surfaces such as countertops and cutting boards, a warm solution of one tablespoon of bleach or chlorine in one litre of water can be used. It will sanitize very well.
  7. CUPBOARDS
    A conventional grease remover that does not need rinsing is the fastest and most effective way to clean cupboards. Spray the surface and then wipe with a soft and dry cloth. You will keep grease, spills and watermarks at bay. The green option is found with a mild soapy solution or the mixture of white vinegar and water in equal parts and a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
  8. TILING
    Alcohol, ammonia, white vinegar or a dishwasher product diluted in water are all suitable for cleaning tiles. Wipe with a clean cloth and use a toothbrush to get into the most inaccessible joints and corners.
  9. FLOORS
    This is the part of the kitchen that always gets dirty. First sweep with a broom or use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and then clean it with a solution of half a cup of white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water. If you use a conventional soapy product, add a small amount to prevent water marks on the floor.
  10. WINDOWS
    You will not find anything more effective than a homemade glass cleaner consisting of equal parts water and vinegar and a few drops of liquid soap. If you prefer you can also make a powerful cleaner by mixing the juice of a lemon with filtered water and a teaspoon of corn starch. Shake well and apply with a spray. Rub the surface with crumpled newspaper or a clean cotton cloth.

THE ORGANIZATION SERVICE IN KITCHENS

Plan your day, get up with energy and have breakfast as a family sharing your dreams. What better way to do it than in a clean and perfectly organized kitchen where you have everything you need at hand? I will help you to get rid of broken plates, odd glasses and kitchen utensils that you have never used and that you will never use. With a kitchen organization service, come back home and start enjoying the pleasure of cooking every day.
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