Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen: What to Keep and What to Toss

Spring cleaning your kitchen is as important as cleaning out your closets.  We both recently underwent a big spring clean and are happy to report it felt amazing! Robyn did a big sweep before her apartment swap and temporary relocation to LA for 5 weeks. Quinn cleaned out everything as she moved from her home of 3 years and into her own apartment in Brooklyn.

Clutter can take up a lot more than just space in your home.  It can block the flow of creativity and leave you feeling a stifled rather than inspired.  Amazingly, the same is true for your refridgerator and kitchen cabinets.  When you have only what you need in your cooking space (and are reminded about some of the items you may have forgotten about!) you will feel more organized and inspired to create.

So how can that kitchen cabinet start feeling all shiny and new?  Here are some simple guidelines for clearing the clutter and getting a fresh start for spring…

1) Take everything out of the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  To make an omelette you have to break some eggs.  i.e. you first need to make a mess before you can give your kitchen a deep cleaning.

2)  Start to make 2 piles – what to keep and what to to toss.  You should do this for all perishables, non-perishables and kitchen gadgets.  Heck even your silverware drawer would benefit!

 What You Can Keep:

  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Canned goods a year under purchase date

What To Toss:

  • Spices (if they’ve been sitting around for more than 8-12 months)
  • Dried items ie. tomatoes, dried olives, fruit etc.
  • Nuts and seeds older than 6 months (unless you’ve been keeping them in the fridge or freezer)
  • Anything that you’re not 100% sure what it is or when you got it 🙂

3) Asses how your food is stored.  You want to make sure that everything is securely closed up to keep our critters and the light if necessary.  Now might be a good time to invest in matching storage containers.  Bed, Bath & Beyond, The Container Store and kitchen supply stores all carry great options.

4)  Check expiration dates.  This goes for every packaged product in the cabinet and fridge.  If you can’t find a date, toss!

5) Clean out all the storage spaces using a quality organic cleaner.  We don’t have any favorites as they all work pretty well but feel free to let us know your favorite cleaner over on the blog!

6) Once everything has thoroughly cleaned put all of the items back in an organized way.  Keep what you use most on a daily basis within arms reach and store less often used items behind them or on higher shelves.
Enjoy your newly refreshed an invigorated kitchen!  Now get cookin’ good lookin’!

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Video: Yoga in Your Kitchen

 We love working out almost as much as we love to cook.  But sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything.  That’s why we had our friend Kristin McGee walk us through all these amazing yoga poses that we can do WHILE we are cooking in the kitchen!
Get in some sweet stretches while you are making an amazing meal–you’ll be centered and satisfied.


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