How to Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most popular room in our home, right?  Our kids frequently come for sacks and meals. Our husbands look for late night snacks and something to munch on during weekend football games. Because the kitchen is always so busy, it’s hard to keep it organized.

This week, I’m focusing on decluttering and organizing the kitchen. The best part is, it can be done in 3 simple steps (notice I didn’t say quick or fast since decluttering and organizing requires a time commitment to get it done right). When we’re finished, your counters will be decluttered, your kitchen drawers and cabinets will be cleaned out and your kitchen will reorganized so you can easily find everything when you need it. So let’s get started.

1. Start by Removing Everything You Don’t Need
The first step is to declutter your kitchen. Look at your counters. Are they covered with clutter?

Next, go through your cabinets. Do you have appliances that you no longer need or use? What about small appliances that are broken or are missing pieces?

Last, clean out the drawers. Do you have extra utensils in every drawer? Do you have 3 spatulas but only need one? It’s so easy to just toss things in the drawers—out of sight, out of the way, right.

Be sure to check and declutter these items in the kitchen:
Duplicate and extra utensils
Broken and unused appliances
Pots and pans that are old, have lost their non-stick finish or you just don’t use for other reasons
Baking pans that are old or are not used
Bowls that are the wrong size or no longer used
Spices (I have so many spices and the cabinet is full and I frequently cannot find what I need)
Cookbooks you don’t use
Cleaning supplies (i.e. dish soap, towels, cleansers, etc.)
The kitchen “junk” drawer (you know the drawer where you toss everything where you don’t have tie to think about where to put something)

With the items above, if you use them on a regular basis and they have a purpose, then you should keep them. But if you have a small appliance that is taking up space in your kitchen and you haven’t used it in a few years, ask yourself if you really need it.

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of things we “think” we will use someday, but the reality is they just clutter our space.

2. Determine What You Need
Notice that I said what you need, not what you want. If you are like me (and most people I know), you have purchased several items that seemed like the would be helpful items to add to your kitchen. But after you used them once or twice, you put them way and maybe you use them once a year now right?

As you look through your cabinets, drawers and shelves, with each item you pull out, ask yourself, do I need this? Do I use this every day? Every week” Once a month? If you don’t use it at least once a month, do you really need it? If you decide you don’t need an item, either throw it out or if it works, donate it.

3. Organize for Convenience
As you start to organize, try to organize for convenience. If you’re like me, in the kitchen, you want similar items to be together so you can find them easily. All the pots and pans are in the same area, all the utensils are in one or two drawers.

If you started with step one and decluttered your kitchen cabinets, drawers and counters, you probably have a large pile of things that you’ve pulled out and are evaluating the best place to store them. Consider how you use items. Do you want your baking pans close by? Do you need your “serving” bowls right at hand or could they be further away since you use them less frequently?

Here are some items you might store together:
Frying pans
Baking Pans
Baking pans/sheets
Serving Bowls
Mixing Bowls
Small appliances (toaster, coffee pot, can opener)
Cleaning supplies

As you organize and put everything away, think about how you use your kitchen items and how you can best utilize the space you have available. Make your kitchen space work for you no matter how big or small.

So, the 3 steps are: Begin by decluttering your kitchen, think about which items you really use and which ones are just taking up space. Next, decide what you really need and keep what you need and use. If you don’t really need something, it could be donated or thrown out if it doesn’t work. Last, organize and put everything away in a format that works for you.

What is your best tip for keeping your kitchen organized?

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