If making supper is always frustrating, and it is hard to find the kitchen tools you need, it’s time to declutter your kitchen. In this post I’m going to share how to declutter a kitchen in 5 key areas.
- Everyday Dishes: plates, glasses, mugs, bowls, kids’ dinnerware
- Cooking Utensils: spatulas, peelers, rubber scrappers, wooden spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, ect.
- Food Containers: Pyrex and rubbermaid type containers.
- Under the Sink
- Baking, Snacks, and Pantry
How to Declutter a Kitchen:
DECLUTTER EVERY DAY DISHES.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you have heard me say, “Wash your dishes every night.”
I whole heartedly believe in washing your dishes every night for so many reasons. So… if you are in the habit of washing your dishes each night, you only need enough dishes for the day.
Look in your cupboard. Do you REALLY use ALL of the plates, bowls, or glasses in there?
If not, those extra ones are clutter and taking up valuable space. It’s so much easier to get a glass out of a cupboard that isn’t full and overflowing with excess.
When we have guests over, I often use disposable dishes, so we don’t need all those extra dishes.
Now, one thing I do want to mention is, I keep a few extra glasses and mugs stored up in a cupboard out of the way. In our house, it seems like the glasses and mugs tend to break more easily than other dishes, so I do keep a few on hand but out of the way.
DECLUTTER COOKING UTENSILS.
At one point in my married life, I owned 3 vegetable peelers. THREE!
Guess how many I actually used? ONE.
I had a favorite one that I used all the time. The others were simply “back ups.”
The problem was, those backups were taking up space, sitting around, not being used. I didn’t need them. I didn’t even like them. So one day, I finally decided to donate them.
It’s easy to have WAY more cooking utensils than you really need. But get honest with yourself, do you really need multiples of every cooking utensil?
Do you tend to use the same ones and the others just sit in the drawer or on the countertop?
I do keep 2 spatulas because I often need both while cooking. I also keep 4 wooden spoons because I often need that many while making supper.
So, I’m not saying get rid of ALL your cooking utensils, but do let go of those that aren’t used and are just taking up space.
DECLUTTER FOOD CONTAINERS.
You know all those random food storage containers that you have? When you have too many it can really be a hassle sorting through them to get to the one you need and then trying to find the right lid is even more frustrating.
Go through each of your containers and check for the following:
- Does it have a lid?
- Is it still usable or is it damaged?
- Do I use this container often enough to keep it?
After you have gone through each container, get rid of any containers that don’t have lids or are damaged or you don’t need. Also, if there are random lids that don’t have a container, get rid of those too.
My favorite storage containers are Pyrex (my affiliate link). They are the only storage containers that I have had since I was first married 11 years ago. They have stood the test of time and honestly are still in great condition. I also love that the lids are so easy to put on the containers and to store when not used.
My plan is to replace most of my plastic containers with Pyrex by the end of the year. I only keep plastic sandwich containers for my husband to take to work.
DECLUTTER UNDER THE SINK.
This area in the kitchen can easily become a big black hole! The main thing is to only keep what truly needs to be there under the sink. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there.
Once you declutter items that don’t belong, you’ll find that you have plenty of space and probably don’t need any fancy storage system.
In fact, there are only a few organization tricks that I use under the sink.
One is to use a command hook and clip to hang my cleaning gloves. By the way, these are the best cleaning gloves. I get them from Grove Collaboartive (my referral link).
The other 2 are simply a Sterilite basket (my affiliate link) that holds my cleaning rags and a wicker basket that holds my favorite cleaning sponges, Scotchbrite Heavy Duty, and toothbrushes that I use to clean the sink drain and garbage disposal.
As you declutter under the kitchen sink, follow these steps.
- Take everything out.
- Wipe down the bottom of the cabinet.
- Think about what you want to use this cabinet for.
- Only replace the items that you really need under there.
- Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there or you haven’t used in a long while.
DECLUTTER BAKING, SNACKS, and PANTRY SUPPLIES.
I am always amazed at what I find in my pantry when I take the time to go through every item! There is usually and extra bottle of ketchup I had forgotten about or cans of beans that I thought we had used!
As you go through your pantry, baking, and snack cupboards, keep the following steps in mind.
- Check the dates on all food. Get rid of food that is out of date. Put the items with the earliest expiration dates up front, so they are used first.
- Group like items together. I find it really helpful to have a cupboard that holds all my baking supplies and another for all my canned and boxed goods. Then I have a deep drawer for snacks.
Decluttering these 5 key areas in your kitchen will give you a great jumpstart to tackle the rest of your kitchen.
Once you experience the difference this decluttering will make in your kitchen, you’ll gain momentum and may want to move on to pots and pans, dish clothes and towels, small appliances, and your counter tops.
I wrote an entire post about clearing the clutter on your kitchen countertops. When your counters are free of clutter, it is so much easier to cook supper.