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5 Quick Kitchen Cleaning Projects To Freshen Up Your Weekend

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The one thing I learned from Marie Kondo was that even a tiny bit of cleaning out can go a long way (that's the opposite of what her all-encompassing method preaches, but at least I figured something out by trying). In keeping, I'm kick-starting my own spring cleaning now that asparagus is actually cropping up all over food blogs—but with baby steps.

Here are 5 tiny-but-impactful spring cleaning projects you can tackle this weekend.

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1. Organize your spice cabinet.

Buy a bunch of clear-topped tins and label them like Amanda Hesser does.

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Amanda Hesser's Best Tips for a Clean, Organized Pantry

...or set them out in jars on open shelves like Erin McDowell.

Real Solutions: Open Spice Wall Shelves
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Real Solutions: Open Spice Wall Shelves

...or make a mini shelf by cutting a piece of Tupperware in half and arranging some jars on top of it, like me.

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2. Give your cookware some love.

Give a good scrub to and re-season any cast iron that's looking rusty.

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What’s the Best Way to Care for Cast Iron?

...and learn how to care for enameled cast iron, while you're at it.

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What to Cook in Your Staub Pots & Pans (+ Tips for Care!)
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How I Got the Cooked-On Gunk Off an Enamel Pan

...also: Don't forget about your stainless steel.

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Our Guide for Caring for & Cleaning Stainless Steel Pans

3. Tend to your wooden tools and cutting boards.

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The Best Oils & Techniques for Finishing Wooden Kitchen Tools

...and replace the ones that you've been neglecting.

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The Best Cutting Boards & How to Care for Them
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4. Tackle any of those stains you thought were with you forever.

Yellow turmeric stains can be fought!

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How to Get Rid of Turmeric Stains on Your Dishes, Linens, Counters, and Fingers

...as can berry stains.

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How to Remove Berry Stains

...and oily stains.

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How to Remove Oily Stains

5. Introduce some storage solutions.

Nice new shoes! Save the box and turn it a pretty archive container for printed recipes and recipe cards.

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How to Turn a Shoebox into Storage You Won't Be Ashamed Of

...put up some pegs to hang your extra seating (or your bike) on.

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How to Have More Seats and More Space

...or source a floating shelving unit that's as pretty as a piece of art.

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Modular Bentwood Shelves + 5 Other Hanging Systems to Declutter Your Life

A few helping hands, should you need them:

Big Dish Brush

Big Dish Brush

$39
Reusable Swedish Sponges (Set of 4)

Reusable Swedish Sponges (Set of 4)

$24
Unpaper Towels (Set of 16)

Unpaper Towels (Set of 16)

$40
Pan Brush

Pan Brush

$30
Traditional Broom

Traditional Broom

$80
Flour Sack Tea Towel (Set of 3)

Flour Sack Tea Towel (Set of 3)

$39
Grocery Bag Holder

Grocery Bag Holder

$20
Reusable Pot Scrubbers (Set of 5)

Reusable Pot Scrubbers (Set of 5)

$26

How are you starting spring cleaning? Let us know in the comments!

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