1. Clear The Decks!Put away all of the items that belong in the kitchen but are not in their proper place. Then move on to gathering all the items that do NOT belong in the kitchen. Put all these items into a basket to be put away later (or if you have a helper, enlist their help with this.) Do not stop working on the kitchen to take these misplaced items to their homes.
2. Start At The SinkPut all of the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Run a sink of hot, soapy water then drop in things that need soaking like the microwave turntable, the dish drainer, or large pans and bowls.
3. Spray Countertops and StovetopUse an all purpose cleaner and spray surfaces liberally. Let the cleaner do it’s work while you move on.
4. Empty The RefrigeratorWell, not completely. Toss anything that is expired and throw the dirty food containers in the sink full of soapy water. Working from top to bottom, wipe down the shelves with a rag sprayed with all-purpose cleaner.
5. Start At The TopKnocking dirt and debris onto the floor is OK because you’re going to be sweeping it all up later. Use a long-handled duster and work your way around the entire perimeter of the room. Clean the corners, the light fixtures, and the tops of the cabinets. Don’t forget the top of the refrigerator. When you’ve worked your way back to where you started, you’re ready to move on.
6. Wipe Down Upper Cabinets & Clean MicrowaveSet a wet sponge in the microwave and “cook” for 2 minutes. While the microwave is doing it’s work, dip a rag in the warm, soap water and use it to wipe down the doors and pulls of the upper cabinets and anything else on the wall as you circle the room. The sponge in the microwave should be cool enough to handle now. Use it to wipe down the inside and outside of the microwave.
7. Wipe Down Counter tops and StovetopNow that the cleaner has had a chance to work, wipe down the horizontal surfaces. Again, just let dust, crumbs, etc. fall to the floor because you’ll get it later. Add a little baking soda for stubborn stains.
8. Clean Vertical Surfaces of Appliances Use another rag dipped in the warm soapy water to wipe down the front of the refrigerator, dishwasher and oven. Pay close attention to handles and outside edges.
9. Wipe Down Lower Cabinet Doors & Drawers Once again, a rag dipped in warm, soapy water will do the job.
10. Finish Dishes and Clean SinkPlace the items that have been soaking in the sink into the dishwasher or wash by hand. Drain the sink and rinse with hot water. Clean the basin with a mild abrasive like baking soda
11. Empty The TrashGive the inside of the can a quick wipe down with a wet rag before replacing the bag.