"#1 Cleaning the Cracks and Crevices of Appliances

Even with regular wipe-downs, your appliances can get a little funky in the nooks and crannies. We’re talking about the grills, knobs, and exhaust filter on the range; the door crevices and rubber linings on the dishwasher and fridge; and the individual parts of small appliances. Range grills and filters can usually go in the dishwasher. But if not — or if the crud is really bad — some elbow grease with a cleaning brush, baking soda, and soap do the trick. For a really grimy range hood filter, try boiling in water with 1/2 cup baking soda. Appliance knobs do well with a good soapy soak, then scrubbing with a brush and baking soda.


#2 Organizing by Zones

Reorganize your kitchen to create zones for all your kitchen tasks, recommends Alyssa Trosclair, a professional organizer with Centsibly Organized.

Think about everything you do in your kitchen from food prep to washing pots to brewing coffee.

Then unload, wipe down, and reload your cabinets, placing items that are used for a similar purpose together (French press and coffee mugs; knives and cutting boards, etc.) in the area where they will be needed.

#3 Eliminating Outdated Staples

Clear out flour, oils, vinegars, and sauces that are past their expiration date — they lose their optimal flavor and can go rancid.

Also toss dried spices that have been open longer than a year (hello there, turmeric from your first apartment). Fresh spices will bring a bigger bang to your recipes, and getting rid of ones you never use will clear out storage space.

To avoid waste in the future, buy small amounts where bulk spices are sold.

#4 Washing Grocery Totes

Speaking of rancid, when was the last time you cleaned your reusable grocery bags? Studies have found bacteria easily transports from bag-to-food-to-refrigerator, increasing the chances of food poisoning and cross-contamination.

Throw them in the washer or wash by hand with hot soapy water."

This article is from houselogic