10 Kitchen Decluttering Tips

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This past Saturday, I worked for about five hours decluttering my kitchen. Yes, five hours. I was over the clutter, the mess, the avalanches when I open the spice cabinet and the lack of countertop space!

I can’t even tell you how satisfying it is to have a clean, neat, uncluttered kitchen. So, I thought I would share 10 Kitchen Decluttering Tips that may inspire you to work on your kitchen.

Junk mail, old food, moldy specimens in the refrigerator {ha!} and general clutter all need to go. Grab a garbage bag and get busy.

As you’re going through everything, set aside items that you don’t use that are too good to throw away. Donate unused items to local charities or thrift stores or sell them in a yard sale.

There’s nothing worse, especially when you have an extremely small kitchen, than trying to prepare a meal and not having a single bit of free counter space.  Focus on clearing kitchen counters of any unused appliances as well as any other unnecessary dust catchers.

This past weekend, we put away my stand-up Kitchen Aid Mixer, the microwave, the juicer and the bread machine. They were taking up a lot of space and were rarely used. Now I feel like I have double the counter space!

It is really easy for cabinets to get disorganized – fight “the avalanche syndrome” by going through each individual cabinet, sorting and re-organizing.

Quick Tip: If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you will know how you work in your kitchen.  Organize your cabinets according to how you cook and what your work zones are. Don’t be afraid to rearrange your cabinets to make your time spent in the kitchen more efficient.

I try to clean out our refrigerator on a weekly basis, but I confess that sometimes I overlook growing mold specimens in dark recesses. Occasionally, I find a super-outdated bottle of dressing or sauce in the door. Ahem. It’s always satisfying to pull everything out of the refrigerator, scrub it down, toss the old food and replace fresh, in-date food.

Oh, you lucky ducks who have pantries. I’m slightly jealous. I don’t have a pantry, but I dream of someday having a walk-in style. Wouldn’t that be neat?  Go through food items, throw away rotten potatoes, your five million plastic Walmart bags, and get that pantry organized. You might even find food you didn’t know you already had.

I spent an hour working on consolidating and organizing my spices. Did you know that it’s not necessary to have three bottles of chili powder? I bet you also knew that a plastic lazy susan does no good displaying spices when you have more than ten bottles. Ha!

I bought a spice rack and I’m working on the labeling part. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to find empty spice racks with labels that you can customize. To the Target spice rack designer…I don’t use coriander, savory spice or fennel. Thank you very much!

Everyone has a junk drawer, right? It’s the drawer that houses junk mail that you were too lazy to throw away, tools, clothespins, pens, markers, scissors and more. It’s the easiest place to hide clutter when you hear the doorbell ring. We all have the same secret.

Don’t forget to clean out the junk drawer in your kitchen because you might soon need it for more junk! 😉

Instead of spreading the mail all over the kitchen counter and table, buy a basket that you can use for important mail.  Begin going through the mail right away and trashing the junk. It will cut down on clutter as well as time and energy later.

This step is probably the most difficult for me, but I’m finding that it pays off big time when I stick to it.  Put dishes away, discard junk mail, toss or compost food scraps and wipe down countertops every single day. I love doing this at the end of the day so when I wake up in the morning the kitchen is sparkly and ready to use.

I hope these tips have helped and inspired you. I would love to hear from you!  Do you have a kitchen decluttering tip to add to the list?  How do you keep a clean kitchen every day?

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