kitchen moving out cleaning

If you follow me over on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably picked up by now on the fact that our family is moving to a new home (I can't stop complaining about the whole process). On one hand, I love moving because it's like hitting the reset button on all of your stuff. It's a chance to sort through, get rid of things you haven't touched in years, and embark on a little adventure of sorts. Our new place in a more rural area of San Diego is fantastic: a yard, garage, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. I'm absolutely smitten with it. But more on that later in the week.

Right now, the other hand is what I'm dealing with. Our old kitchen currently looks this. I can hardly prepare a meal and we've been living on pizza and paninis for longer than I care to admit. We're in the throes of boxing up, transporting everything, cleaning. I hate cleaning. I always drag out the moving process just so I can avoid that “moving out cleaning” ordeal. It's the worst. You have to get into all the nooks and crannies and return everything to newtenant-friendly status as opposed to good-enough-for-me status.

For anyone else going through a move – or just looking to get in a serious scrub of your current place – here are some pointers and some products that have been a huge help to me:

cleaning tools

Invest in heavy-duty cleaning tools. OXO sent over this scrub/squeegee thing to replace the giant roll of paper towels I usually use for windows and mirrors. This helps me get a streak-free shine and doesn't leave those annoying fuzz pieces all over everything.

cleaning mitt

Use a cleaning mitt. Again, fewer paper towels means less residue and a happier environment overall. I'm all about reusable, multipurpose items. Microfiber cleaning mitts are good for just about any surface and can be washed over and over again.

Minimize supplies. While I'm all about the cleaning tools, I don't think that we need to buy the five million liquid and powder cleaning products that commercials would have us thinking we need. Vinegar removes stains and adhesives, and it's good for polishing mirrors, disinfecting surfaces and mopping the floor. Baking soda and liquid detergent or Borax will get up any really stuck-on dirt.

cleaning hints scrub brush

I'm big on brushes. I have a brush for dishes, a giant one for the bathtub, and this tiny one for grout. A good, thin brush will help you get into shower door tracks

Got any helpful hints to share? Seriously I could use some more pointers to help me get through this.

This post is sponsored by OXO. All opinions are my own.