1. An Apron! I used a make-shift one, pic. below.
2. A Cloth Or Rag For Dusting, Cleaning, & Polishing.
3. A Scrub Brush Of Sorts. As you can see, I use several.
5. Something To Clean The Sink. I used Soft-Scrub.
Useful Things To Have
3. An Old Toothbrush.
4. Copper Scrubbers. These work fantastic on stoves.
5. A Pretty Smelling Candle.
6. A Good Dishtowel
7. Rubber Or Latex Gloves.
In-A-Pinch Apron I was a little busy and didn't have time to wash/dry my apron, so I improvised. I used an old jacket, folded over, and tied the sleeves around my waist. It worked wonderfully.
Now, the first thing I did was wash the sink.I washed/scrubbed away all of the gunk, then put on some Soft-Scrub. Borax and vinegar work very good, as well.
Next, the stove was cleaned. This is the one thing in the kitchen that gets the dirtiest the quickest. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. :)
This makes a big difference.
Next was the cabinets. I washed these with a little bit of soapy water and a sponge. I didn't use a harsh cleaner as this could hurt the stain. I only used a bit of soap so that the cabinets wouldn't end up sticky.
I then dried them.
After this I put some Old English on a rag and buffered it into the wood. It's very important to get it into the wood completely, or wipe off the excess, or else it will get on whoever touches it. I speak from experience. :) If you prefer, you can use a little oil on a cloth. This would be great for lighter colored cabinets.
The finished result. We also have some cabinets with glass,
so I used a little vinegar in hot water to wash these.
Other things in the kitchen that have to be thoroughly cleaned are: The counters, the floor, and the windows. The kitchen table is often overlooked, as well. The oil polish is what I use to keep it looking good.
Part Two: Organization
This is another very important step, and one that should not be overlooked. Organization makes life so much easier, and helps you save time, as well. Think, if you were preparing dinner and had everything right at your fingertips, and knew right where everything was, how much faster you could get it ready! If you already have an organized kitchen, why don't you do a once over on the drawers and cabinets? They will stay organized longer and look neater that way.
Here are some cabinets that I did. They didn't take me very long, and I benefit from having everything in easy reach.
One thing I did that also helps is wiping them out and throwing away/clearing out unneeded items. This gives me more room and allows me to find everything easier. A Tip for organizing; put the least used things in the back, and the most frequently used things near the front. This also saves time.
Drawers are important, too. They need to be kept clean as well as organized. Any crumbs or food will attract bugs. *Yuck*
Here I took out the tray and cleaned it well, as well as the shelf paper beneath it.
Another way to keep organized is to have a cork-board handy. This reduces clutter on counters. It also gives a homey air. Another place that needs to be kept organized is the top of the fridge.
Step Three: Cozying.
This is the easiest and most fun of all! I don't really need to tell you how to cozy your kitchen, but here are some pictures of what I do/use for ideas.
This pretty little set-up was put together a few weeks ago, and is very handy. It is easy to reach, and keeps everything up off of the counter. The idea came from this magazine.
One way to add a homey touch is to have houseplants. They give a calm, well decorated air, in my opinion.
Daddy made mom this glass shelf, and it adds a nice touch as well as decorating space (after all, cozying is made largely of decorating!)
Cute thrift shop finds make wonderful cozying "material". We often use this as a compost bowl.
Artwork or needlepoint adds a pretty touch, as well. Mama found this in a antique shop. It hangs above our buffet, and is a "silent prayer" in a way, for me.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this Making A House A Home post!
I hope it was encouraging as well as inspiring. If you end up posting your own experiences about it, please leave a comment telling me where to find your post, as I eagerly await seeing what you do!
Next is Laundry/Mudrooms, so I hope you come visiting again next week!