Use this 7-Day schedule to clean and organize your seasonal kitchen anytime you want a culinary reset.
Slow cooking daily meals with seasonal ingredients can make a significant impact on the kitchen. Every once and again, the cooking space needs a reset to bring a fresh perspective to weekly meal plans. Use this schedule at seasonal turning points to inventory your pantry, clear away outdated ingredients, and restock pantry staples.
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Four Thieves Vinegar
Create this ancient herbal tonic and cleaner to keep your kitchen clean without overusing commercial chemical cleaners. Take a quick lesson on Four Thieves Vinegar by viewing this video, then use the basic recipe below to make your own.
There are many recipes for Four Thieves Vinegar. This is the list of basic ingredients with recommendations for other herbs that aid the anti-microbial benefits of this infusion.
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 TBSP dried thyme
- 2 TSP dried rosemary
- 2 TSP dried sage.
- 1 TSP peppercorns
- 1 TSP juniper berries
- 1 TSP lavender
- 1 TSP ground cloves
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- Place herbs in a quart-sized mason jar.
- Cover with vinegar and shake.
- Place in a warm place, out of direct sunlight for 3-4 weeks.
- Shake occasionally.
- Strain infused vinegar from the herbs. Compost herbs.
- Place infusion in a food-safe container, like a spray applicator, and store in a cool dark place.
- Can be used as an anti-bacterial countertop cleaner.
Other herbs that can be added to your infusion include:
- Bay Leaves
- Anise Hyssop
Day 1 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
This is a top-down cleaning schedule. Day 1 has us focused on high dust.
You will need a duster, a rag, a disinfecting cleaner, and a step ladder.
Once you’ve assembled your supplies, attack high dust in the kitchen in these areas:
- Ceiling, corners, and ceiling fan.
- The top of the refrigerator and any exposed cupboard tops.
- Lighting fixtures.
Once these areas have been dusted and cleaned, you’ll need to sweep and mop.
Of all the cleaning tasks in this schedule, I find this one to be the most gratifying. High dust is often unseen but felt. When it is tackled, the kitchen is left with a brighter presence and more pleasant fragrance.
Day 2 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Now that we’ve tackled the high dust, it’s time to deep clean the high use spaces in your kitchen.
First, empty the refrigerator and dispose of any outdated food items. Remove shelves and storage units in the doors. Deep clean the inside of the refrigerator.
Then, clean the shelving and storage units.
Wipe the outside of condiment containers and any other containers you are returning to the fridge. Take time to organize items for easy use. Make sure to note any items nearing their expiration date for immediate use.
Once the fridge is tackled, clean the oven and the microwave.
Day 3 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Now that you have this sense of accomplishment in your kitchen cleaning and organizing endeavors, it’s time to tackle dishes, serving containers, and baking supplies.
You’ll need all your cleaning supplies and a box to collect items you want to donate to the thrift store.
Unload your cupboards, one at a time. Pull out the everyday serving dishes as well as the good china. Remove old shelf liners and replace them after deep cleaning. Take the time to really think about each item before returning it to the cupboard for future use. Maybe use the KonMari method of eliminating seldom-used items from your kitchen.
Do this for your food storage items, and baking supplies as well.
Finally, tackle the flatware, silverware, and cooking utensils. Clean, eliminate, and organize!
Day 4 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Day 4 is pantry day in your seasonal kitchen!
By pantry, I mean both the store-bought herbs, spices, canned goods, and dry ingredients, and your preserved foods.
Today, you’ll not only clean and organize these spaces but look for old and stale items that need to be removed.
Day 4 is the day you’ll tackle deep freezers and extra refrigerators, as well as spice cupboards and the dry pantry.
Keep a note pad and pen handy to write down items that need replenishing as you go along. Use the pantry planner to help you organize this information!
Day 5 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Take a break from applying the elbow grease today! It’s time to take in the entirety of your seasonal kitchen and prepare for the impacts of this season’s harvests.
Using the pantry planner, meal planner, and your seasonal kitchen goals, evaluate your preparedness for the following:
- Do you have the storage containers for weekly meals, perishables from shopping trips, and food preservation projects? Think refrigeration containers, freezer storage, and mason jars for canning projects. Eliminate what’s not useful and create a list of what is needed.
- Cleaning produce, especially from the garden, is very hard on the kitchen. How can you improve your space to accommodate the demands of cleaning, preparing, and storing vegetables? For us, this means giving the plumbing a good wash with baking soda and vinegar.
- Next, go through your utensils. Do you have the kind of knives and other utensils you need to be efficient and safe in the kitchen?
- Finally, pull out those appiances. Clean, repair, and discard any you no longer use on a regular basis. Are there heavily used appliances that need an upgrade? Add them to the household budget for this year.
Day 6 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
With most of the heavy lifting behind us, Day 6 of cleaning and organizing your kitchen is all about the shine!
Today, deep clean countertops, cabinets doors, the fronts of stoves and refrigerators.
End with a rigoroous scrub of the kitchen floor!
Day 7 Schedule to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
Every big job deserves to be celebrated!
Day 7 is all about enjoying your newly cleaned and organized kitchen. Why not make some herbal tea and read seed catalogs in your kitchen?
While relaxing in this heart-space of your home, look for ways to redecorate and brighten the space. Add some fresh flowers, tend to any potted plants on window sills. Ask your partner if it’s time for a new paint job!
Zero Waste Living
A big part of seasonal living is creating a sustainability mindset. In the kitchen, that includes creating zero waste goals. While this post has a December seasonal focus, it has lots of tips on reducing the amount of waste from your seasonal kitchen.
Sustainable Kitchen Renovations
Every once in a while, a deep clean of the seasonal kitchen gets us itching to make some sustainability upgrades to the space. Here’s a detailed look at the research Bob and I did to address some of our grand plans and big wishes for upgrades to our homestead kitchen.
Traditional Methods of Food Preservation
As we lean into pantry planning this spring, be sure to research and study traditional methods of food preservation. Once the harvest comes rolling in, you won’t have the time to learn these money and flavor-saving techniques!
Seasonal Living Framework
The kitchen is central to the Seasonal Living Framework, a 5-pillar lifestyle grounded in seasonal time. We focus on garden, kitchen, wellness, activism, and astrology. You can learn more here!