KITCHEN CLEANING CHECKLIST
Pre-Clean:

Wash, dry, & put away any dirty dishes
Quickly clear countertops and wipe clean
Clear any clutter that does not belong in the kitchen
Organize Pantry:

Take out all food & place on table or counter top
Check labels & toss items that are expired, stale, empty, inedible, etc.
Fill a bag or box for unopened donation items that you will not be able to eat before they expire, or items that you know your family won’t eat.
Wipe down all shelves with soapy water or kitchen cleaner.
Put food back in cabinet. (You may want to do a pantry inventory before you put it back.)
Create a separate area for open items
Arrange like items together
Put oldest items in front; newest in back
Clean & Organize Baking & Cooking Cupboards

Take out all items & place on table or counter top
Check labels & toss items that are expired, stale, empty, inedible, etc.
Wipe down all shelves with soapy water or kitchen cleaner
Use clean, well-labeled, airtight containers to store baking & cooking staples such as flour, sugar, bread crumbs, etc. (I have been using the OXO Good Grips Pop Top containers for about 6 years now & I love them. They are definitely an investment, but well worth the money if you live in a warm or humid climate like Florida!)
Put items back in cabinet, making sure the most frequently used containers are easy accessible.
Clean & Organize Refrigerator & Freezer:

Take out all food & place on table or counter top
Check labels & toss items that are expired, moldy, empty, inedible, etc.
Wipe down all shelves with soapy water or kitchen cleaning service.
Remove produce drawers & wash well
Put food back in refrigerator
Arrange like items together
Remove excess magnets & unneeded papers.
Clean and/or polish exterior
Clean & Organize Storage Cupboards

Remove all items from remaining storage cupboards or shelves and place on counter top or kitchen table.
As you remove items, toss or donate any items that are broken, unwanted, unnecessary, or that you haven’t used in over a year.
Set aside any seasonal items that only get used once or twice a year to be placed with other seasonal items in storage.
Wipe down all shelves with soapy water or kitchen cleaner.
Determine whether you can rearrange any of your storage areas to make your kitchen more efficient.
Group like items together and place back in cupboards.
Put seasonal items in storage and bring donation items to local drop-off as soon as possible.
Clean & Organize Storage Drawers

Remove all items from drawers and place on counter top or kitchen table.
As you remove items, toss or donate any items that are broken, unwanted, unnecessary, or that you haven’t used in over a year.
Set aside any seasonal items that only get used once or twice a year to be placed with other seasonal items in storage.
Wipe down all drawers with soapy water or kitchen cleaner.
Wash any drawer organizers
Determine whether you can rearrange any of your storage areas to make your kitchen more efficient.
Group like items together and place back in drawers
Put seasonal items in storage and bring donation items to local drop-off as soon as possible.
Clean Other Appliances

Wipe down microwave inside and out
Clean and/or polish exterior of dishwasher
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to run self-cleaning cycle on oven
Clean & polish exterior of oven
Clean & polish stove top
Clean & polish small counter top appliances
Clean Sink, Counter top, & Cabinets

Remove any remaining clutter from counter tops; try to get them as clear as possible!
Remove counter top appliances
Spray counter top with kitchen cleaner; wipe clean and dry well.
Use glass cleaner to make granite shine.
Wipe down cabinet exteriors
Polish wood cabinet doors with furniture polish
Clean Floors

Sweep entire floor well. Be sure to remove any movable furniture!
Spot clean any sticky or dirty areas or any stains.
Mop floor with heavy duty floor cleaner.
Wash throw rugs
When you break it down into sections like that, doesn’t it seem more doable? Happy cleaning! May your kitchens–and your homes–always sparkle!