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When I’m Cooking, Get Out of My Kitchen!

When we bought our house, “open-concept” layout was all the rage. Our living space blends into the dining area and into the kitchen and family room into one chaotic mess. In full disclosure, the lovely photo above is not of my kitchen.

Fast forward ten years later and I would much prefer to have a closed concept home with separate rooms. I’d rather have a separate dining space so that when guests come over for dinner, my kitchen is out of view. When you’re preparing a dinner, the kitchen can get messy.

The whole idea was that having an open-concept home works well for entertaining. As you’re preparing meals, you can chat with your friends and family. You can keep an eye on the kids while making dinner.

But I think I’ve decided that I don’t like open concept kitchen! I like closed kitchens.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older but when I’m preparing dinner for guests, I don’t want to be bothered. Not to be rude but if I’m preparing several dishes, I need to be able to have time to get it all done. I’m focused on preparing a wonderful meal and can’t get distracted by chatty family members. We will chat later at the dining table and afterwards!

I do most of the prep before guests arrive but I like to serve hot meals so expect to be served with food straight from the oven. Nothing is re-heated.

As for the kids… well now that mine are older, their loud television shows and their constant bickering with one another… I’d much rather them be in another room so I don’t have to hear them! Even better, a door to close behind them!

Another concern? If I don’t have time to clean the inside of my oven before having company, the last thing I want is for guests to catch a glimpse as I’m taking out the lasagna, you know what I mean? It’s happened to me before and I’ll politely offer guests another drink, hoping they will move back to the family room.

I don’t need guests in the kitchen long enough to spot the fingerprints on the fridge – oh wait! I’m thrilled that it’s not an issue anymore with my Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel Frigidaire refrigerator.

With their patented Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel finish, Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® stainless-steel appliances have a new anti-smudge technology that resists those little fingerprints and is easier to clean than traditional stainless steel surfaces. Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel is available on all Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® products – see the collection here.

How many times have you had to quickly clean your stainless steel before guests arrive? If you forget with Frigidaire Professional stainless-steel appliances, you don’t need to worry. I wipe my fridge down only because of the kids touching the door handles – not because of fingerprints.

Now I just need to replace my stove and dishwasher with Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel!

 

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

6 Tips on Cleaning your Kitchen

I’m not a fan of cleaning… so spring cleaning is not a ritual I enjoy in my house! It’s when we haul out the last season’s clothing and toys, decide what to toss and what to donate.

After a long winter, the garage is always in need of a good cleaning too. Spring is also a good time to clean your carpets, if you have any, and wash your windows.

The kitchen is one room in the house that you need to stay on top of all the time. I wish that once a year would be enough! But it isn’t, especially when you’re cooking three meals a day and you have little ones who make a mess everywhere they go.

Inside the stove, the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, cupboards, stove top, counter tops, inside the sinks – it never ends.

With young kids, I have to pull out the fridge and stove to clean behind and  underneath them every two weeks. Once a year or so, I’ll pull things out of the cupboards and wipe them clean.

Here are 6 tips on cleaning your kitchen and having a smudge-proof kitchen:

Look up:

Yes, dust somehow gets all the way to the top of your cupboards and fridge. Work your way from top to bottom and dust using a duster or wipe with a damp cloth. The top of the refrigerator and exhaust fan, light fixtures, artwork and if your cupboards don’t go all the way to the top of the ceiling, you’ll need to get up there to dust as well.

Look behind:

Pull out the fridge and stove every week or two and vacuum and mop behind. It’s amazing what kind of things you can find behind the stove and fridge, like little Lego pieces and small toys and crayons!

Look down:

Those baseboards needs to be dusted and wiped too. Vacuum and mop the floors at least once a week… with little ones, several times a week might be necessary.

Look inside:

Once a month, go through your refrigerator and get rid of any expired items. I like to take everything out of the fridge and wipe the drawers and shelves down with warm soapy water. Clean the inside of your oven as often as possible, otherwise you’ll have to spend an hour like me, scrubbing the caked-on spills. Once it’s squeaky clean, line the bottom with tin foil to catch future inevitable spills.

Wipe everything down:

Surfaces need to be sanitized so make sure to wipe down all your appliances and counter tops. With their patented Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel finish, Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® stainless-steel appliances have a new anti-smudge technology that resists those little fingerprints and is easier to clean than traditional stainless steel surfaces. Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel is available on all Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® products – see the collection here.

Don’t forget the kitchen sink:

Everything but the kitchen sink? Don’t forget to scrub down the sink as well – bacteria love to grow there. Ew is right.

With a little cleaning at a time, you can avoid big cleaning job and spend less time cleaning your kitchen!

 

tips on cleaning your kitchen

 

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Having a Smudge-Proof Kitchen

What’s your least favourite chore in the kitchen?

Cleaning the stove? Fridge? Doing dishes? I dread wiping down kitchen cabinets and cleaning the kitchen fan.

Let’s just say that the only ‘chore’ I enjoy doing in the kitchen is cooking. Keeping the kitchen clean is a challenge when there always seems to be crumbs on the counter tops and a sink full of dishes.

I’m grateful to have a dishwasher and smudge-proof refrigerator – now if only my oven and dishwasher were also smudge-proof!

One problem with having stainless steel is the fingerprints and spill marks. They show up so easily on stainless steel appliances – but not anymore!

Since having my Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Bottom Mount refrigerator, I don’t have to buy stainless steel cleaner anymore. I can easily wipe down the fridge with a hot wet cloth and remove any dirt or spills.

It’s one less thing I need to do in the kitchen… and I will take anything that will decrease the amount of time I spend cleaning!

You need to see how it works so I’m doing the Living Proof of Smudge-Proof™ Challenge using mustard and ketchup on my Frigidaire Gallery® refrigerator.

With their patented Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel finish, Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® stainless-steel appliances have a new anti-smudge technology that resists those little fingerprints and is easier to clean than traditional stainless steel surfaces.

Frigidaire® uses high-grade stainless steel coated with layers of polymers, resulting in a sleek, beautiful stainless steel finish that is both durable and resistant to fingerprints.

So I can enjoy having stainless steel but without the high maintenance of standard stainless steel.

Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel is available on all Frigidaire Gallery® and Frigidaire Professional® products – see the collection here.

smudge proof fridge

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.