Spring Cleaning with OXO
Warmer temperatures, longer days and the start of baseball season are all signs that spring is here. Another telltale sign is how cluttered my entire apartment has gotten over the course of winter. For someone who really does not actually live in my apartment very much during the week, it sure had managed to get pretty cluttered across all my rooms. Luckily, my friends at OXO sent me a few great products to help me kickstart my spring cleaning by starting in the kitchen. If getting excited over storage containers is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
I like to think of myself as a particularly clean person who keeps a rather tidy home. I am really good about doing regular purges of my clothes and shoes to donate to charity to keep my closets organized (and to make room for more shopping purchases). But where I really needed help this spring was a major clean of my kitchen. When I moved to my apartment in Raleigh in the fall, I had more storage space in my kitchen than I knew what to do with. The problem is many of my cabinets are tall, so I’ve gotten good at putting half-used bags of baking ingredients up on the shelf, but I’m never sure what I actually have left. So I started by taking everything off my baking shelf to get a look at what I was working with.
I’ll admit … I made this look a bit nicer than it was in reality. There were a lot more half open bags of chocolate chips, and lots of mini storage bags of caramels and other baking ingredients that I had hanging around.
I used the 10-Piece POP Container Set to organize all of my baking ingredients and it made all the difference. The containers are stackable and space-efficient which was perfect for the different amounts of ingredients that I had to store. The push-button mechanism on top creates an airtight seal with just one touch. No more stale marshmallows or hard-as-a-rock brown sugar! I also love to experiment with recipes by throwing smaller quantities of chocolate chips, nuts, and other ingredients in, and the POP containers allow me to easily access fresh ingredients easily.
Once my baking cabinet was organized, it was on to cleaning my go-to baking appliances, starting with my KitchenAid Mixer. This mixer has gotten a LOT of use over the years. It was my mom’s first and then I’ve had it for the past 12 years. And I’m not tidy when I bake. I channel my inner Emeril, and BAM throw in a dash of this and a dash of that, and usually end up turning the mixer on too high sending flour or powdered sugar all over the place. Which is a long way of saying my mixer has got proof of all my baking all over it.
I used the Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set to get in all the nooks and crannies of my mixer to freshen it up. This cleaning set has durable nylon brushes that can get into your kitchen fixtures and appliances’ tight spaces to clean out any kind of buildup. Even nicer, the tools snap together into a clip for easy storage.
And last but not least, I needed to get into all the spaces under my appliances and behind cabinets where dust and sprinkles hide. Those dust bunnies are no match for this Microfiber Under Appliance Duster.
The slim duster features a long, flat profile to go where other dusters don’t: around and underneath appliances and cabinets. The fluffy fibers conform to uneven surfaces to capture dust bunnies, and in my kitchen it found a whole slew of runaway sprinkles under my oven. I used it in my family room to get behind my media cabinet which is right in the sun and shows dust super easily.
So if you are looking for some motivation to get started on your spring cleaning this year, be sure to pick up some of these great OXO products to help you tidy up, get organized and pop to it!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by OXO, but all opinions are my own.