Messy To Minimal Ep. 3: Kitchen Declutter & 10 Things You Can Declutter Today

It has come time in the series to tackle an area of the house that holds the most clutter. As minimalistic as I try to be, the kitchen will always be my nemeses. haha! Our pantry is stocked. Cabinets & drawers are filled.There always seems to be dishes in the sink. There is no empty space within this area which contradicts my way of thinking. But that’s life. The kitchen is a great example of why minimalism looks different for everyone & each space of your homes doesn’t need to be perfect. Today, I will talk about how I keep our kitchen organized & stay realistic by sharing with you 10 things you can declutter from your kitchen today

  1. Excess Gadgets & Appliances: The easiest way to have a simple & easy to clean kitchen space is to have clear or semi-cleared countertops. The biggest culprit to clutter is huge appliances taking up precious food prep space. Minimize this issue by only keeping out the appliances you use regularly & store the rest.

2. Worn Out Dish Towels: We keep a few dish towels in a drawer & one over the stove for decor purposes. Be sure that any towels, especially ones on display aren’t damaged, worn out or stained. You can purchase a pack of these from Target for only $3, so they are relatively easy to replace when necessary.

3. Expired Foods: This might seem like an obvious one but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked in the back of the fridge or pantry & found some very questionable items. So, make sure you are cleaning through these areas regularly.

4. Take Out Menus You Never Use: Now a days, you can find everything online, but I still like keeping around a few take out menus like our favorite local Chinese place. If there are any menus you never reach for, take this time to recycle those.

5. Cook Books: For some reason I love the ideas of cookbooks but realistically never really use since most things can be found online. Plus, they are rather bulky items. If you have no way to decoratively display them or never look through, maybe it’s time to finally donate them to someone else.

6. Worn Out Dish or Hand Towels: We keep a few dish towels in a drawer & one on display by my stove. Be sure to let go of any towels that are stained or worn out, especially if they are out to see. I usually purchase a pack of them from Target for $3 & I stick to darker colors.

7. Mugs: For not being a coffee person, I sure do own quite a few mugs. I managed to let go of a few that had cheesy inspirational quotes on them or sayings. I’m leaning towards more solid colored mugs because I’m such a plain Jane now.

8. Coasters: We own 20 coasters. How this happened, I have no idea. I guess they are the quintessential house warming gift or something. But I managed to choose a small set that were are favorites & let go of the rest.

9. Excess Pots & Pans & Other Cooking Essentials: In general, you want to look through your collection of cooking tools & choose the favorites out of the bunch. You don’t need 10 different pots & skillets. We actually only own a full set – 5 items & it works for us. Granted it’s only a house hold of two at the moment, but still. Cutting back on these items will surely diminish excess clutter.

10. Manuals: All those wonderful gadgets you purchase all come with their own instructional manual. News flash, you actually don’t need to own these at all. Most manuals are found online anyway. So save some space by letting go of this paper clutter.

I hope this list gives you some inspiration when decluttering your own kitchens. What are some other things we all could declutter from our kitchens. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

be sure to check out the other posts in this series here & here.


27 thoughts on “Messy To Minimal Ep. 3: Kitchen Declutter & 10 Things You Can Declutter Today

  1. I reorganized my kitchen yesterday and I never realized how many doubles my boyfriend and I had of some things. Double sets of pots and pans and mixing bowls, and 3 blenders — how did that go unnoticed? Also lots and lots of silverware which can be a good thing (because we seem to always run out of clean spoons and forks), but no one needs an excessive amount of steak knives lol.

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  2. My kitchen needs a good clean-through! I will use your list to help me with my decluttering. There are plenty of things we don’t use and expired food that we have forgotten about in our cupboards.

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  3. A really great post! That point about too many mugs-I sure can relate to that.And to be honest ,I really need to get rid of some.But somehow I can never find the coasters and I already have like three packs of them.

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  4. We are moving in a month which will be a great time for me to reorganize the kitchen. I can see my husband throwing all of our kitchen stuff into boxes when we move (he’s the most disorganized person ever). Meanwhile, I am struggling to even catch my breath and can barely walk….. I am still waiting for nesting to happen, because maybe then I will have the desire to reorganize the kitchen LOL

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      1. I plan on selling a lot of stuff once I pass this upcoming exam – then there will be more time. Selling and donating stuff you no longer need is honestly the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

        This morning I caught my husband scrolling through Facebook Marketplace looking for more stuff to buy. Seriously, he can’t stop buying stuff! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  5. There is nothing like downsizing to a smaller home to make you declutter your life. We recently moved from my motherโ€™s house, where we were her caregivers, into a smaller townhouse. We had all her kitchenware as well as ours. We ended up giving a whole set of dishes and pots to the local thrift store and throwing away the really incident stuff. It was great therapy.

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  6. Omg this is so relatable! My kitchen is a clutter for sure. A huge appliance is there for no reason for over a year. Worn out towels and take away menus are everywhere. And your 20 coasters? Same here mine date back to I dont even remember ๐Ÿ˜ฆ thanks for sharing it definitely needs a clean up. Will keep in mind xx
    Isa A. Blogger

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  7. These posts always give me the motivation to do some cleaning and decluttering. I look forward to reading more from you about this! My house will thank you for the extra space and breathing room.

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