We once had six Pyrex dishes. Who needs six Pyrex dishes?! I mean, you can only make so many batches of brownies and casseroles at one time! When I decided to declutter my kitchen, this was the first moment I had to decide what exactly is too much when it comes to kitchen items.
You can declutter your kitchen in a day, or, if you are more like me, it can be a process over a couple of weeks as you find out what the perfect balance of minimalism and functionality is for you and your family. Know this, there are no rules to minimalism.
You don’t have to have only two knives, one multi-purpose pot or only one bowl for each member of the family to eat all of their meals out of in order to successfully declutter your kitchen. However, once you find the perfect balance for your family, you will love that you figured out how to organize your kitchen just by having less in it!
Minimalist kitchen organization is possible without selling all your stuff! No more battling stuffed-to-the-gills kitchen cabinets and no more cluttered counter-tops. It will be life-changing.
When you declutter your kitchen, here are some of the benefits you may enjoy:
1 – Fewer dishes to clean.
There will no longer be a pile-up of dishes because you will have stopped the endless cycle of just grabbing another clean one from the cabinet.
With fewer dishes in your kitchen, you wash, dry, and then put away the dishes you have. If there is nothing clean, you grab one from the sink and wash it for immediate use. Mama gets a break from the endless cycle of sink buildup.
2 – Ease of finding things.
When you declutter your kitchen and figure out how to organize your kitchen cabinets, you no longer have to sort through the plates, cups, pots and pans, or small appliances to get out what you really want.
We had a kitchen cabinet once that housed all of our small kitchen appliances. We called it the “cabinet from hell”. It was awful. There was so much crap piled into that cabinet, and we didn’t even use half of the stuff in there.
Getting rid of the small kitchen appliances we never used was so liberating and gave us back some sanity!
3 – SPACE.
Space kicks out clutter overwhelm. It allows you to breathe, cook, and entertain without the stress of clutter. Declutter your kitchen, and you will enjoy your kitchen organization on a whole new level!
Determine how you use your kitchen space when you decide to declutter your kitchen.
My husband and I love to cook. We enjoy our kitchen daily, and we often don’t mind making elaborate, slow-cooked meals from scratch. It is fulfilling to create homemade dishes that our entire family enjoys.
We also love to entertain. It brings us great joy to have over people for dinner and to cook a long meal with them while we all hang out in the kitchen.
Since we love to cook so much, we have a lot of accessories for our cooking in the kitchen. They accumulated over time. We were often gifted cool little kitchen gadgets from family and friends, and we accumulated our own small kitchen appliances to make cooking new foods super enjoyable.
There were also grill accessories galore, and we are always mesmerized by that section of the store. We also have spices that fill up an entire kitchen cabinet. It seems we can never say no to a new, mouth-watering recipe, even if means buying one more new spice.
Although my husband and I are foodies and we love to concoct amazing dishes in our home, there comes a point where enough is enough when it comes to clutter in the kitchen. We had to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, based on our use of the kitchen.
Decide how you use your kitchen. Is it a gathering place for just your family or do you entertain often? Do you like to cook? Do you make slow, made from scratch meals or do you prefer quick meals that help your family accomplish its busy schedule?
Assess your needs before you start to declutter your kitchen
Before you declutter your kitchen, sit down and assess your needs based on how you use your kitchen. When you go into the process with a plan, you will be far more successful.
Get down to the nitty-gritty, like how many plates one really needs. Think about what pots and pans you use and decide which ones are absolutely necessary.
Don’t try to eat the entire elephant in one bite! Before you decide to declutter your kitchen, break down your tasks into little mini-goals. Trying to tackle the entire kitchen in one day, while possible, may make you lose your sanity!
Think about the different areas of the kitchen you want to tackle. List them out. Do one cabinet, one drawer, and one category at a time. Achieving a minimalist kitchen is a process of getting rid of things more than organizing all the stuff you have already. It is also a process to decide what you need and what to purge.
Here is a checklist of areas to declutter in your kitchen:
- Serving dishes/casserole dishes
- Kid cups, dishes, and silverware
- Small kitchen appliances
- Plastic containers and other leftover containers
- Pots and pans
- Cooking utensils
- Kitchen gadgets
- Under the kitchen sink
- Mixing bowls
- Junk drawer
- Cleaning supplies
- Cabinet over the fridge
- Paper products storage area
- Aluminum foil and plastic bags storage area
- Inside your fridge
- Kitchen counter clutter
- Paperwork that doesn’t belong in the kitchen
- Food pantry
Related posts: How to Create a Minimalist Pantry
Enlist the help of your family
Talk to your family before you declutter your kitchen. Tell them the reasons you want to declutter it and point out your struggles and the benefits you hope to gain from having less in your kitchen. Let them know it may mean getting rid of some plates or mugs.
If they have a favorite they want to save from mama’s purge, maybe give them the opportunity to pick one each. (Trust me, if you give them some say, it will save you the headache of a whining fit later on!)
What to do with the stuff you are letting go when you declutter your kitchen?
You have many options available to you after decluttering the items from your home. Kitchen items usually don’t have a huge resale value, so selling them may not be the best bet.
Do you know any college students that could benefit from your hand-me-down kitchen items? I know when I was in college, I would have taken just about anything to stock our kitchen.
Give to those who you know can benefit. There is also a local women’s shelter in our city that is always looking to stock kitchens for the women they are able to get into a safe apartment. Look for something like that in your area as well.
Just remember to track any charitable donations! That can be a big help at tax time!
Related posts: Go Green and Save Money – Reusable Kitchen Items
This post is part of the Happy Clutter-Free Home series. You can achieve a decluttered home once and for all. You don’t have to settle for cleaning all day, stress, and general clutter overwhelm. Being a mom is hard already. Don’t let clutter make it feel impossible. Get back time and reclaim the joy in your home.
If you missed it, check out How to Manage Toy Clutter in 9 Simple Steps (Guilt-Free).
Tomorrow we will discuss what to do with stuff after decluttering your home and how to manage the guilt of letting things go.