Time Again for a Kitchen Cure

Your kitchen might be sick, or maybe all it needs is a little tune up and buffing. The majority of kitchens I see, including my own sometimes, display, at the very least, symptoms of chaos, disarray or atrophy. What you see above is a shot of a kitchen before the last Kitchen Cure. I chose this photo not to scare you, but to help you feel like you are not alone.

Our kitchens need love and attention just like our bodies. When your kitchen is an organized and happy place, you will cook more often. Simple.This is our fifth semi-annual Kitchen Cure: four fast weeks of focus on organization, cleaning and stocking up so that ultimately your kitchen is in great shape for cooking. Each Cure gets better and better, so I'm hoping you join us this time, whether you've done a previous Cure or not.

Expect to roll up your sleeves and ask yourself some hard questions about whether or not you need three whisks or that George Foreman grill you got from your cousin way back when. We'll talk about natural cleaning solutions, how to make an out-box and — after you tear it all apart, we'll help you put it back together again. We'll go over stocking the kitchen, from spices to sauté pans and then, with a great collective sigh of relief and jubilation, we'll help you plan a dinner party to celebrate your renewed space.

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Sign up today and get your first assignment tomorrow, Friday, October 15th.

Committing to the Cure doesn't mean signing your life away for a month. Some complete assignments in an hour each week, while others really go for it and spend all their nights and weekends diligently tending their kitchens. You can give as little or as much as you want.

Our last Kitchen Cure had a few thousand participating (check out the before and after shot above!), but don't think you'll be just a tiny fish in a big sea. We encourage everyone to take part in the community aspect of the Cure by submitting progress photos, updates and questions. Often I answer emails personally and help people along the way. I've been known to make house-calls, too.

If your kitchen is suffering in any way, look to the Kitchen Cure as your healer. Maybe you need rehab, or just a weekly massage. The Kitchen Cure gives you as much help as you need.

(Images: Flickr member petitshoo and Jeremiah, Spring 2010 Kitchen Cure participants)

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.

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