Spring Cleaning and Organizing

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 5, 2017

Print This Post Print This Post Clear the cobwebs out and spring clean and organize your kitchen, using a few handy products and ideas. See how much better my pantry looks!

Today I partnered with OXO. Thank you for supporting the brands I work with and love!

Spring has sprung and so has the cleaning and organizing bug.

That little bug in my ear that says, “Time to finally get things a little more ship shape than they have been around here lately.”

You know the feeling?

I focused on the kitchen, because, let’s face it, that’s where all the action is and where the messes happen!

Here’s how I cleaned and organized, round 1.

10-Piece POP Container Set

OXO 10-Piece POP Container SetHave you used these POP Containers at your house? I have one that I use as a cookie jar on the counter (pro tip: you can always see if it is empty, and it is easy to clean!). They’re stackable and space-efficient, designed for modular use so you can organize in any number of height combinations to fit your counter top and pantry. The push-button mechanism on top creates an airtight seal with a simple touch. Corners are shaped for pouring, should you be putting something like cereal in there that you’ll want to pour. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, to hold everything from 5-pound bags of flour to spaghetti or candy. And if you are a crafter, I think they would be boffo to organize crafting or office supplies, or Legos, or other small kid toys.  $99.99

Super messy dry goods pantry from ShockinglyDeliciousThis is embarrassing to admit, but my dry goods pantry could use a little work. OK, it’s a disaster. There, I said it so you didn’t have to, but I know you were thinking it. When I excavated, I found bugs and some really old stuff I didn’t even know I had! I threw out some items f2om 2009 fer gosh sakes. If this area had been more organized, I would have seen it in there and used it.

More organized dry goods pantry from ShockinglyDeliciousDoesn’t it look better? Rice, quinoa, freekeh, farro…I might have a grain-hoarding problem. And a dried fruit problem. But that’s a matter for another day.

Jumbled sugar pantry from ShockinglyDeliciousEmboldened, I looked in other cabinets, and saw my sugar pantry. That ratty yellow thing on the left that I keep brown sugar in is a recycled plastic Nesquik container from a million years ago.

Organized sugar pantry from ShockinglyDeliciousNow I have a nice space for my brown sugar (can you see the sugar bear in there keeping it hydrated?), powdered sugar, and regular granulated sugar (you might see a vanilla bean poking through).

Messy Chocolate pantry area from ShockinglyDeliciousAnd then I cast my eyes to the area where my son goes to steal my chocolate chips. See that tall plastic container that is supposed to have mini chips in it for his pancakes (but he sneaked them all without telling me)? That’s a recycled drink pod container from a zillion years ago, with a label taped to the front.

More organized chocolate pantry area from ShockinglyDeliciousI put chocolate chips in one (clear, so I can see when we’re low!), and shredded coconut in another. (I also seem to have a spray oil hoarding issue, but again, that’s not today’s task. 🙂 )

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster by OXODo you know what lurks under and behind your big appliances, like your refrigerator or your washer? Let me tell you, you don’t wanna know! Most of us only see it when the fridge malfunctions and the repairman comes over and yanks it away from the wall. It’s not a pretty sight, and then he gives you a lecture on how you really should clean under and behind the fridge regularly, to keep the air circulating and the appliance working efficiently. This slim duster features a long, flat profile to go where other dusters don’t: around and underneath appliances and cabinets. The long, fluffy fibers conform to uneven surfaces (like my slate floor) to capture dust bunnies. $12.99

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster being used under the refrigeratorAs you can see, I put my husband to work with this gadget. (Pro tip: helpers like to use special tools, will complain less, and find the job more attractive that way!)

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster being used behind the refrigeratorHow does dust and grime get behind the refrig? I have no idea, but trust me, it’s there messing stuff up.

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster goes right into the washer

To clean the head, simply unsnap it and wash in cold water, then dry hanging on the clothesline (without heat).

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set by OXO

This little set is compact, versatile and practical. The nylon brushes are durable, and the brushes and scrapers can get into your kitchen fixtures and appliances’ tight spaces.  The little scraper is good for unsightly buildup, too. Best of all, these tools snap together with a clip for storage. $7.99

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set being used on a waffle ironI pulled a Kardashian the other weekend and put cinnamon rolls in my waffle iron. They were good and it was kinda fun to eat waffled biscuits, but man did they leave caramelized gunk behind on the waffle grid, so I used this tool to get that buildup out of there.

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set being used on a KeurigWe also used it to clean the debris out of the Keurig. Did you ever notice that? Go take a look at yours…I think you’ll be surprised how gunky it can get.

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set being used on a coffee thermosAnd my husband’s coffee Thermos container can get just plain gross. It’s been waiting for these tools.

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing with OXO on ShockinglyDeliciousWhat’s on YOUR spring cleaning list?

Disclosure: I partnered on this post with OXO, which sent the products for use and review.












{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark May 25, 2022 at 6:15 am

This is the Best post for spring cleaning, thank u for sharing this post


Renee - Kudos Kitchen April 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

I’m in need of some serious help in the cleaning and organizational aspect of keeping my kitchen in order. Thanks for this post!


Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm

My husband would love it if I were this organized. 😉


Catalina @ Peas & Peonies April 6, 2017 at 11:48 pm

How useful these sets are! It was very interesting reading this article. Thanks for sharing it!


Kelly - A Side of Sweet April 6, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Whoa, what an amazing transformation! Nice work!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef April 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

We definitely need to do some spring cleaning around here, and these are great!


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