The 7 Day Deep Clean Challenge: Bring Your Home Up to Par in a Week, Day 7 The Kitchen

This is it: day seven of your seven-day challenge. This is the home stretch. The kitchen is the one room in the house that most people tend to keep pretty clean. If this is the case in your home, deep cleaning your kitchen shouldn’t be too difficult.

De-Clutter

As you did on days one and two throughout the house, today you should start out in your kitchen by getting rid of stuff that’s been sitting around for a while. Clean out cupboards and drawers.

Reorganize

Next reorganize. This is a good time to rearrange those plastic storage containers that you can never find the lids for or rearrange your pots and pans.

Clean Out Cupboards

Clean out food cupboards. Take stuff out or shift it around so you can see what you have and get rid of anything with expired dates or that is obviously no good. Don’t forget cupboards up high that you never use.

If you have a drawer under your oven, clean and reorganize that too.

After all your closets, cupboards and drawers are in good shape it’s time to get serious.

Deep Clean

Temporarily remove knickknacks while you clean. If you have a collection of plates hanging on the walls or salt and pepper shakers on a shelf, this is the time to wash them.

Remove any throw rugs and wash or shake outside and leave them to air.

Eliminate cobwebs and dust from the ceiling, ceiling fans, light fixtures, walls, wall hangings, tops of cupboards.

Dust any furniture. Thoroughly wipe down kitchen table and chairs and any kitchen stools.

Wash or spot clean woodwork, doors, doorknobs.

Clean cupboard doors and drawer fronts.

Clean the stove vent fan cover.

Clean appliance fronts and inside the microwave.

Clean inside the refrigerator thoroughly: wipe down walls, shelves, remove drawers, clean inside the door.

Clean under the refrigerator. If your fridge is on wheels, pull it out to clean the floor underneath, and clean any dust or cobwebs from the back of the fridge and the wall behind it.

Thoroughly clean the stove top: remove drip pans, if applicable, and scrub. Clean the oven, if necessary.

Clean countertops, backsplash, and countertop appliances. If they haven’t been done in a while, take your time and get into all the corners.

Clean garbage container.

Clean the floor.

Reassemble the room: replace rugs, knickknacks, etc.

That’s it! You’ve completed your seven day deep cleaning challenge. Your home is now clean from top to bottom and well-organized to boot. It will stay that way if you stick to a regular cleaning routine from here on out.

Since you’ve gone to the trouble of whipping your home into shape, why not give it a try? Keeping a clean home is all about maintenance. Set up a regular schedule to routinely clean your home and then stick to it. Once you get going, you’ll see how easy it is.

For today, pat yourself on the back because you’ve done a lot of work and a really great job. Congratulations!

Want more house cleaning tips and ideas? Check out my book Clean Like A Pro: Tips and Techniques for Cleaning Your Home Like a Seasoned Professional, available on Amazon.

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