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Old 03-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Spring Cleaning the Kitchen! Ugh...

So all this warm weather has really put me in the mood for Spring cleaning. I dread doing it, but have a list of things I want done, especially in the kitchen.

I am looking for some suggestions. I want a better way to store lids from my pots, so I can stack them neater. I also would like to know how on earth everyone keeps up with their plasticware and the lids. Mine are currently falling out of the cabinet when I go to open it. Quite scary. :) Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 03-07-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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I have a small kitchen so I have to do a lot of stacking. I have nine skillets in three different sizes stacked in a pile in one cabinet, a 4-quart and a 6-quart sauce pan stacked along with several seives/colanders, a large and small sauté pans and an 8-quart saucepan stacked. Lids are stacked leaning against the side of the cabinet.

Plastics go into a deep drawer.

Near the kitchen, in the laundry room/half-bath, we have a tall 2-door cabinet that houses mixer, FP, griddler, larger plastics and a whole bunch of other stuff.

In the basement we have metal shelves that store foods and more equipment.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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About the storage containers. I prefer to buy cheap containers at a dollar type store. I stick to the same shapes in a couple of sizes. I no longer keep butter containers, etc. You can't see what's in them.

I stack the containers nested into each other and the bottom of a box of velveeta or such makes a nifty narrow container for the lids. If I have more lids than will fit in the box, I just stack them on edge between the box and the side of the cabinet.

I have limited cabinet space so this works very well for me.

The best thing I did was get rid of the odd containers.

The second best thing I did was to get a sharpie marker to mark what's inside!

Not only do they stack better in the cabinet, but also stack better in the fridge and freezer.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:29 PM   #4
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I use a plastic dishrack for the lids and a plastic basket for the containers. I sort through lids and containers once or twice a year and get rid of those for which I don't have the other part. These both fit in the same cupboard. This solved the problem of getting "beaned" on the head every time I opened that cupboard.

I have one of those racks that hangs on the back of a cupboard door for my pan lids. The Le Creuset pans stack--I flip the lid upside down and it on top of the pan and put the next size smaller pan on that lid.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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i have a ton of baking dishes and white corning ware. my cupboards are limited. got a hand me down tall wood cabinet, it has shelves in it. painted it white to match the rest of my living room furniture. just a step from the kitchen. it holds all that stuff, 9by13 and many others and all the casserole. i had small appliance in a cupboard. had to get down on knees to find them. my problem is getting up from the floor. so bought a rolling cart and have them all on there just a step from the counter. works great, and looks good. has locking wheels so no danger of them coming off when i roll the cart.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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I love finding things you have not used in a long time or remember. I found my dehydrator I made beef jerky in not too long ago.

I'm thinking about doing a good cleaning and making another batch.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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I don't have a spring in my kitchen...I'm off the hook!
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:08 AM   #8
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I don't have a spring in my kitchen...I'm off the hook!
But do you have a spring in your step?
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I woke up to -20 degrees Celcius today, so, its not spring yet. Guess I'll sit around in my cozy housecoat on my day off. Dishes and song learning to follow.
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But do you have a spring in your step?
Yes, do I have to clean it?
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