Over the next four weeks, I’m going to be participating in the Kitchen Cure. It’s a four-week program sponsored by The Kitchn website that’s “designed to help you get your kitchen in tip-top shape.”

Over the past couple of years, as I’ve gotten more comfortable with cooking, I’ve accumulated more than my small kitchen can hold. It could use better organization and a good cleaning. Sometime today, I’ll receive my first of four weekly assignments.

Week 1: Clean out pantry, refrigerator and freezer

Week 2: Clean out equipment, tools and gadgets

Week 3: Restock kitchen with ingredients and tools

Week 4: Beautify and plan a dinner party

If you take a look at the two photos of my kitchen, you’ll see why I really need this. What you see is what you get. My kitchen is very small. The counter top extends perhaps another 8 inches than what is shown in the photo above, and that is all the working space I have. I have some additional awkward storage on either side of the refrigerator and an overstuffed hutch for some more storage.

I have shelves down in the basement where I store some of my larger kitchen gadgets like my bread machine and my two slow cookers. I don’t have a utility closet. My cleaning supplies are hanging on the wall going down to the basement, and I’ve got a shelf above them that holds my rags and cloth napkins until they make it to the laundry.

I dream of a bigger, more chef-friendly kitchen, but for environmental reasons, we’ve scrapped the huge addition project that we were planning just a couple of years ago. We’ve decided that we’re going to make better use of the space in this home, which we love. We’ve been changing the function of whole rooms, purging like mad men, and yard saling and thrifting storage shelves, hooks and other things to make everything more manageable.

But I haven’t touched the kitchen yet. Obviously, I use my kitchen a lot. Most of what is in there gets used. But I bet, once I get into the back of cabinets and drawers, I’m going to find a whole lot of things that have been there that I haven’t used in years. I’ll let you know in four weeks how my kitchen cure went, and I’ll be sure to take lots of photos.

Is your kitchen in need of a cure? Why not join me by signing up for the Kitchen Cure yourself?  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Finding a cure for the common kitchen
More than 1,800 people have signed up so far for Kitchen Cure to declutter and organize their kitchens in four weeks.