Declutter Your Messy Kitchen Right Now In 4 Simple Steps

Declutter Your Messy Kitchen Right Now In 4 Simple Steps

Declutter your kitchen today! Sorting out any room is tricky, but the kitchen might be the hardest because of how often you use it, and what's it's used for. Don't despair, I've put together four easy steps to help you tackle this task.

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1. Declutter cupboards & drawers

kitchen cupboards
Keep only the essentials.

As Elsa says in Frozen, 'Let it go, let it go!', however, in reality, this can be very tough to do. It's not easy looking at everything in your kitchen and working out exactly what you do and don't want. Here are a few helpful tips on removing all that clutter:

Write a list

Grab your pen and start writing a big list of all the items you use most frequently. Take your time with the list, if it helps, see what you use during the week or the month and don't rush writing it. The more you know, the more thorough you'll be. This list will help you truly understand your clutter and get rid of those items that you just don't need anymore - or ever needed!

Declutter appliances

Be honest with yourself, how often have you used that bread machine? It might be hard, especially if it's a present and it's tough to say goodbye to expensive items - but if you don't ever use them, they're taking up valuable space in your kitchen. If it's not on the list, get rid of it. You can either give the unwanted appliance to charity, a family or friend or sell it on e-bay another website.

Declutter ingedients

This is an easy job to do - just go through all your food cupboards, drawers and fridge to get rid of everything that is completely out of date. Don't forget to check through your baking supplies, you might find lots of decorations you brought for making a cake a few years ago, and never got rid of! Just to warn you, there may be a chance you are horrified when you start looking closely at your spice rack...

Declutter pots & pans

Much like the appliances, getting rid of some of your pots and pans is a difficult job. You may have sentimental reasons while you're keeping hold of certain pans, but the best thing to do is be honest with yourself - if you don't use it, get rid of it. Check out 35 things you really don't need & should get rid of NOW for more inspiration.

Declutter broken crockery, glasses & unwanted cutlery

You'll breathe a sigh of relief after this one. Start getting rid of all that old crockery with chips and all those glasses with the small cracks.

Get rid of unnecessary repeats

This is an easy task - make sure you don't have multiple of an item. This includes items like mixing bowls, (do you really need so many), graters (you just need one) and baking trays (you really don't need so many different styles!).

2. Hide & organise your clutter

Find somewhere to stash all that Tupperware.

Now it's time for the fun part - hiding all the stuff you want to keep and organising them in a better way.

Use baskets

You can use baskets to put all your odds and ends in - organised chaos! Carefully label your baskets, for example, 'Teabags' and 'Spices', depending on what's inside.

Say goodbye to magnets / ugly souvenirs

If you've been given a gift for the kitchen that's taking up valuable space and you don't use it or want it, say goodbye. The same goes for magnets on the fridge - they leave your kitchen looking cluttered and untidy, so remove them.

Be clever with pan lids

They're annoying, but you need them. Luckily for you, I've written Storage Cheats: 10 ways to store your pan lids for some inspiration. My favourite storage idea is to use command hooks on the inside of cupboard doors - try it!

Keep appliances in one space

Do you have big appliances like a coffee machine, blender or toaster that you use sometimes, but not all the time? It's time to find them a home that isn't on the counter. Find a cupboard and if you can, change the design to suit the appliance. For example, a retractable shelf for a toaster might be perfect, if you don't use it much!

3. Be precious with space

Could it look better?

Now it's time to make sure that all your space is being used in the best way it can. It's your chance to make your kitchen work for you and reap rewards (in the form of uncluttered space) after all your hard work.

Counter / kitchen table

This is premium space that should only be reserved for items that you use regularly, such as oils, kitchen tools like spatulas, wooden spoons and your kettle.

Kitchen drawers

Those kitchen drawers need to be organised properly and there are lots of dividers you can buy to help you separate everything. The more organised you are, the more time you'll save.

Hang pots & pans

If your kitchen allows you to do this, consider hanging up your pots and pans. This is a great way for you to save precious cupboard space.

Easy-to-reach cupboards

Put all those everyday items in a place you can easily access. Place teabags and sugar near the kettle, plates near to the oven and dishwasher.

Hard-to-reach cupboards

Place the items that you don't really use that often, such as blenders or baking equipment, out of the way in those hard-to-reach spaces.

Out of the kitchen

If you have items that you use once a year, like ice cream machines or Christmas plates, just take them out of the kitchen completely. You don't need them!

4. Keep the clutter under control

Are you a mug hoarder?

Now for the important part. It's time to learn how to keep all that clutter under control, or you'll be back where you started within a fortnight! Make sure everyone in the household is on board with your clutter-free plan.

Get a 'Clutter Basket'

This tip was taken from Anushka's Declutter your home: 7 stress-free ways to do it now. If you have a designated basket where all those bits and pieces go that don't belong in the kitchen, they can be taken away and emptied every evening.

Clear away any washing up away or empty the dishwasher

You'll thank yourself in the morning for this one! Every night, make sure you've either emptied the dishwasher or cleared away any washing up. You'll be able to keep the draining board clean and tidy, rather than playing a game of Buckaroo every time you go to place something there.

Clean as you go

It's easier to do little jobs as you go, rather than one big boring clean up. While you're waiting for the kettle to boil, give the surfaces a quick wipe, or when you're waiting for the rice to cook, empty the fridge of out-of-date food.

Consider what you use the most

The use for something may change depending on the season, so keep an eye on the items you keep on the counter. I keep butter, salt, pepper and a few cooking oils on the surface as I use these every day. If you don't tend to use oil, then put it away in the cupboard. Don't have much space? Check out these 21 organisation hacks for your tiny kitchen.

Good luck folks. If you have any tips on how to declutter your kitchen, I'd love to hear them!


Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Carl Benson on July 30, 2016 at 1:42 am

    You've provided some wonderful tips here! "Clean as you go" is one of my personal favorites. If you clean it up to begin with, less piles up and you're not faced with a looming tower of junk to haul through all at once. Focusing on what you use the most is so important, too, and sometimes it's hard to be honest with ourselves when we keep fooling our minds that we'll use it "someday".

    1. Author Colleen B on August 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      I agree with you Carl, it is hard to be honest with ourselves, especially when you have a sentimental connection to an item. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the blog post - please share with your pals!

  2. Author Debbie on August 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Now listen, it is really nice to receive this wise advice! Most of it I plan to take, But there is still one stance I make, And in public I'll let it known, LEAVE MY FRIDGE MAGNETS ALONE!! A fridge is such a boring sight when it's unadorned and white, and it's not clutter, it's not tat, if it portrays a puddy cat!

    1. Author Colleen B on August 4, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Hi Debbie, that's an amazing poem, thank you so much! You can DEFINITELY keep your fridge magnets...

  3. Author Barbara on August 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good idea's, however; so hard to get rid of stuff if like me you're a hoarder! I will however go through the plastic container draw again and clean that out

    1. Author Colleen B on August 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Good luck with the decluttering Barbara, you have to start somewhere!

  4. Author Claire Shandley on July 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    The biggest waste of space in my kitchen was the huge country-style table with 4 chairs, an absolute magnet for clutter! So we gave it to a furniture charity and bought a much smaller breakfast bar with 2 stools that tuck underneath. Much more space in the kitchen - but it still seems to attract my daughter's junk!

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 10, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Hi Claire. Country-style furniture looks so lovely but it certainly does take up a lot of space! Your new one sounds much more practical :)


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