Kitchen Cleaning and Organization – The Household Organization Diet

If you’re looking to improve your kitchen organization, this post has it all!  Here’s everything you need to get your kitchen deep cleaned, decluttered, and organized – tips, tricks, tutorial, and free printables included.

Kitchen Organization. Organized white farmhouse kitchen with quarts countertops.

Kitchen Cleaning and Organization

Are you ready to get your kitchen cleaned and organized? This post will help to guide you through all of the steps you need to completely declutter, deep clean and organize your kitchen. It was originally designed to be used as part of The Household Organization Diet but it can definitely just be done on its own.

Smoothie bar in a white kitchen.

You can take as long as you need to get the checklist done – just keep moving forwards! Intentionally scheduling in some organization time – and actually sticking to it – can really help you to tackle your goals. It’s all about progress over perfection.

Organized kitchen pantry cupboard.

The February Household Organization Diet – Kitchen Organization

The kitchen is the heart of the home – the place where friends and family gather and delicious meals are enjoyed together. Having an organized and decluttered kitchen will make it easier to find what you’re looking for, cut down on your meal prep time, and create a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for your whole family to relax.  Don’t invite clutter to the dinner table! 😉

Cute way to display cleaning supplies beside a sink using a cake stand.

The Household Organization Diet Plan

The Household Organization is basically a year-long plan to work on decluttering, deep cleaning, and organizing every space in your home. Each month we work on a different room. Some spaces may need a lot of time and others will be easier. Just work at your own pace, do what you can, and feel free to adapt the plan to make it work for you.  The key is to just get started!

Acrylic stick on bin used on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door for water bottle storage.

For each month, there is a free set of printables including a task list, a blank task list for you to add your own tasks, a notes sheet, and a calendar to schedule it all in!! I recommend that you print these out and put them in a binder for frequent reference.  You might even want to print two copies of the task sheet so you can hang one up on the fridge or other visible area of your home. If you’d like to move through the tasks quicker or need a little longer!, you can definitely adjust the speed to whatever fits your particular schedule. It’s totally up to you!

OXO storage bins in a pantry with vinyl labels.

I also always post some helpful tutorials and tips to help you complete each of your tasks. Be sure to pin or bookmark these posts so you can read these over before you get started. Please leave me a comment or email me if you have specific questions or ideas that you would find helpful to complete the tasks and keep you on track. I always love to hear from you!

Organized glass jars used for kitchen food storage.

The Kitchen To Do List

Here are the tasks to work on in the kitchen this month.  You can print out the list as shown below or print out a blank one and customize your own to do list.

Free printable to help get the kitchen cleaned and organized.


Lilacs in a vase by the kitchen sink.

Kitchen Notes

Keep a notes sheet or two! handy to jot down any kitchen projects, home improvement ideas, extra tasks, products, etc. that you would like to do or purchase.  You might want to use one for tasks that you would like to do this month and a second sheet for future projects that you would like to do.

Kitchen notes free printable.


February Calendar

Scheduling time to get your tasks completed can really help you to stay on track. Print out the calendar and decide when it’s best for you to complete your tasks. Write them down and stick to it! Do a little each day or schedule in a few hours on the weekends. Whatever works best for you!

Free printable February calendar.DOWNLOAD THE FEBRUARY CALENDAR HERE

Use the inside of your kitchen cabinet doors for extra storage. White cabinets using a towel bar and adhesive acrylic bin to create extra storage. Great kitchen organization idea!

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

The kitchen is probably the hardest working room in the house so it definitely deserves a little TLC. When you’re working on your deep cleaning tasks, start with items that are higher up and work down to the floor for the most efficient cleaning plan. Many of these cleaning tasks will also need to be done periodically throughout the year, so this is a good time to come up with a regular cleaning plan. I’ve put together all of my favorite kitchen cleaning posts for you below to help get you started.  If you need anything else, just let me know!

Farmhouse style organized kitchen with pretty sink display.

Kitchen Cleaning Tasks to Remember

In addition to the tasks above, don’t forget about these little “forgotten areas” to clean during the month:

  • The tops of kitchen cupboards. If you’re cupboards don’t extend all the way to the ceiling, be sure to give the tops of the cabinets a good cleaning. Do this task first, so all of the dust and dirt that may fall doesn’t mess up anything you’ve already cleaned.
  • Light fixtures and light switches. If you can remove the light fixtures, wash them in mild dish soap and water.  Otherwise, just dust and wipe them down.
  • Behind your appliances. If possible move your appliances out so you can clean behind and underneath them.  Not only does this remove dust, dirt, and debris but it can also make your appliances run more efficiently especially the fridge!.
  • The inside of cupboards and drawers.To do a really good organizing and decluttering, you should remove all of your items from the drawers and cupboards You don’t have to do this all at once!.  While the items are out, take some time to give the inside of your cupboards and drawers a good cleaning.
  • Kitchen cabinet doors. Even if you regular spot clean spills and drips, these can use a good deep cleaning to get rid of any oil and grime build up.
  • Blinds or curtains. If you have blinds or curtains in your kitchen, be sure to give them an extra good cleaning.  Curtains can be laundered and I recommend using the highest temperature setting you can based on the material. If you can take down your blinds, I find it easiest to just throw them in the bathtub to wash.  Otherwise, be sure to use a good degreaser when spraying them down.

Organized fridge with a lazy susan and mason jars to keep things organized.

Kitchen Organization Ideas

Having an organized kitchen not only looks better, but it can also save you time, energy, and money.  An organized space will cut down on food costs and waste and speed up meal planning and cooking time.  Plus, it just makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and less frustrating!  i recommend starting with this post  –  8 Steps to Organize the Kitchen – and then go from there.  I’ve listed all of my kitchen organization posts below, so it should have you covered!

Wooden tray to corral frequent cooking items.

Whew!  You made it!  I know there’s lots of information, but I wanted to have all of the information in one place for you. Don’t let it overwhelm you – just work your way through one task at a time. You can totally do it!  If you have any areas that you need help with, let me know!

Collection of the best kitchen organization tips and ideas.

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Diane Garey

Diane Garey

I am a blogger, and I live in Germany, I study at a university in Munich, I love blogging, and I will present to you the most critical useful articles in your life.

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