Spring has Sprung #OXOSpringCleaning

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 31, 2015

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Here in Southern California, we don’t have piles of snow that need to melt to show us that spring has sprung. In fact, most often, by the time spring officially arrives, we have had several days or even weeks of summer-like weather.

Roses on ShockinglyDelicious.comSo we turn to other markers — certain flowers begin to bloom, the vegetable garden comes back to life, the fruit trees blossom, and we switch from close-toed slippers to flip flops in the morning.

But no matter if you live under snow for half the year or sunshine for all of it, we all get the same urge in March. It’s time for some spring cleaning.

This year OXO asked if I’d like them to help me, and I said a fast YES! A little assistance to spruce things up, clean and organize a bit more? Yes, please, and thank you!

I was actually thrilled to get this well designed compost bin. I know, I know. Most people don’t find compost thrilling. Call me crazy, but I do!


Under the sink BEFOREI had a little system of  2 plastic take-out containers under the sink, into which I put my eggshells, whatever fruit trimmings would fit, and coffee grounds. I am always knocking them over, they get filled too fast, and they reek unless you empty them every day.


Under the sink AFTERThe new compost bin is good looking, compact, holds several days’ worth of trimmings out of sight, and is easily toted from the kitchen to the backyard, where I bury the stuff in my vegetable garden. The lid removes entirely for easy cleaning, but mostly I just rinse it out. Every once in awhile it needs to go in the dishwasher or get scrubbed. Ta-da! $20.

Next up was the foldaway dish rack.


Dishrack BEFOREWith my family of 4, we generate enough hand-washables that I often have an overflow from the sink dishrack. And then too often the glasses and breakfables that are drying on the counter get knocked off and fall onto the slate floor. Nothing survives a drop to the slate floor.


Dishrack AFTERDishrack AFTER 2This thing is so cleverly designed. It unfolds and snaps into place — legs fold out to elevate it, a spout allows it to drain right into the sink, a plate rack folds down if you need room for large bowls. My glasses fit onto the tines, the plate rack holds bowls or delicates, and when you are done, the walls, legs and spout fold up again to make a compact unit that can store under the sink or in a cabinet. $40 

Not done with the sink area, I also took advantage of the silicone sink mat


Sink BEFOREWith teenagers doing dishes, there are slipups. Big pots slip and chip the enamel sink, glassware slips out of soapy hands, and plate edges chip if you clank them on the bottom of the sink. Argggh!


Sink AFTERSink AFTER 2A quick snip with a kitchen shears allows you to personalize the opening to where it fits on your sink (sinks drains are not all the same!). There have been no mishaps since we installed this mat. It has little feet that elevate it, allowing for water flow and aeration. The silicone is heat-safe, so you can place pots and pans in the sink directly from the stove. Dishwasher safe, PVC free. $20

They sent along a couple of other items I found useful…a Sponge HolderHeavy Duty Scrubber with TrayExpandable Utensil Organizer and a Water Bottle Cleaning Set. With all the individual water bottles we have at the house, with their heavy duty straws, this cleaning set is in constant use.

As you can tell, I’m a fan of OXO products for their practicality and good design. Join me in following them on TwitterPinterest, and “liking” them on Facebook.

Disclosure: OXO provided the items mentioned for discussion in this post.    

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Marni White April 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Maria!! Love the dishrack. Now if someone would come DO MY DISHES!!


Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling April 2, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Everything is looking great! Definitely inspiration for some spring cleaning!


Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files April 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

I love OXO products! Much like their pop containers!


Tanya Schroeder April 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Nothing like a good cleaning! You’ve inspired me!


Tonia from TheGunnySack April 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm

All of those look like great ways to organize! I could use a new dish rack for drying dishes.


Kacey @ The Cookie Writer April 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Spring cleaning is in full effect here, even though we still have some snow on the ground (and chilly temps!) Great info and I honestly cannot wait to be done with all the crummy tasks (aka, dusting blinds!)


Kelley April 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

Ohhh I LOVE that compost bin! So perfect for under the sink! I may have to order one.


Dorothy Reinhold April 2, 2015 at 2:47 am

I LOVE the compost bin!


Lizthechef April 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

I love all products OXO and fell for them hard once I won a couple food52 contests and they still gave out prizes, all from OXO. I want that dish rack!


Dorothy Reinhold April 2, 2015 at 2:49 am

The dish rack is super cool, and very cleverly designed, to fold up and put away.


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