Clear the Clutter Challenge Week 1: Kitchen {Checklist Included}

Happy Monday! I am so excited to get started on this Five Week Decluttering Challenge! Are you joining us? Today we kick off the Challenge with Kitchen/Pantry/Dining Area! These areas are the hub of the home, so it is a great place to get started. I am sharing some easy and practical advice for tackling this important area of your home! So grab your Clear the Clutter Calendar and let’s get started!

How to Declutter the Kitchen #organizationtips #organizationideas #declutter #kitchenorganization

Determine problem areas

It has been a year since my last big kitchen decluttering project, so I can honestly say our kitchen had not gotten “too bad”. But there are a few areas of our kitchen that always seem to collect clutter despite my best efforts. Specifically, our Tupperware drawer, junk drawer and mail collection area. So this time around,  I needed to come up with new solutions for these areas in order for the cycle of clutter to stop.

What are the problem ideas in your home?

One thing I decided with our Tupperware drawer is to only keep the SAME SHAPE pieces. What I mean by this is that I only keep square containers. I used to have circles and squares in every size and it was a serious puzzle game to fit everything into the drawer. By eliminating the one shape, all the pieces fit in so much easier!

Pick one shape style for your Tupperware to eliminate clutter #kitchenorganization #organizationtips #decluttering

Find those little kitchen hacks that work for you!

Next, I needed to tackle our junk drawer. I removed EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING out of the drawer. Yikes! Then, I only put back in what we really needed in this drawer. I made sure to maximize the functionality of the divided containers.

BEFORE

 

AFTER


Be sure to maximize the storage tools you already own before buying new ones!

The last problem area I tackled was our mail collection. The problem is that mail and other notices pile up until we take action on them. I need to start putting the One Touch Rule into play. The premise of this rule is that you only get to touch an item one time to get the item where it needs to be. So with mail, you take action on it as soon as you receive it! Whether that is throwing it away, writing a check for a bill or jotting down the important info on your calendar.

Move things around to work for your family

Something else I realized getting ready for this challenge, is that some of our things were places that are not very functional. When things are in bad spots, clutter and disorganization tends to be the result. For instance, we have always had our glasses in a corner cabinet of the kitchen. The problem with this space for drink ware is that it wasn’t a very accessible spot. We are constantly reaching for a cup or glass. But the cabinet is so deep with narrow opening, so it is hard to get the glass you want. The big spot also allowed us to build a HUGE collection of cups and glasses.

By taking out of all the drink ware, I was able to assess what we had and we we truly needed. I got rid of a ton and I was able to move all the drink ware to a cabinet near our refrigerator.This is a much more convenient location! The large corner cabinet is now storing our entertaining pieces like bowls, trays, etc. that we don’t use on a daily basis! I even moved our travel coffee mugs to the cabinet right next to our coffee maker. We love this change!

Organizing Kitchen Cabinets #kitchentips #organizationtips #clutterfree

Don’t be afraid to move things around. Just because you have things in a particular drawer or cabinet now doesn’t mean it might not be more beneficial to be in a different spot.

Are there spots in your kitchen that are not working for your family?

Let go of things you don’t need regardless of monetary or sentimental value

Anytime you declutter, you have to have the mentality that you are willing to get rid of things regardless of value (either monetary or sentimental). Otherwise, you are not going to be reap the rewards of a clutter free home.

Perhaps getting rid of things that have monetary value will help to curb your spending on unnecessary things in the future. If you think you can sell the items for money, then go for it. Just don’t delay in trying to sell them, otherwise the clutter won’t leave your home!

Sometimes sentimental items are harder to part with then monetary things. Pick and choose your battles. Do you need every mug that your child ever gave you? Think big picture and consider other sentimental items that might fill the same special place in your heart. Moms have no shortage of sweet and special gifts from their kids. But it’s okay to pick the favorites and let go of the rest!!

What items are you holding onto because of their monetary or sentimental value? Pick your favorites.

Purge and then Purge Again

Time is always at a premium for a busy mom! So I realistically need to break down the decluttering project into smaller chunks of time. I start with one round of getting rid of all of the outliers–those things you’ve been thinking about getting rid of but haven’t taken action. Then the next day I go back and really start to dig, cabinet by cabinet and drawer by drawer. This second process takes a little more time because you are making bigger decisions. But this second time is where the magic happens and you really let go of STUFF!!

Most people don’t get past the first purge. Then their stuff quickly builds up again.

Be sure to complete the second round of decluttering for the magic to happen!

Remember It is an Ongoing Process

While, it would be nice to say this round of decluttering is the only one you’ll ever need to make again, the truth is that decluttering is an ongoing process. New things constantly enter the home and old things do not always leave the home. Recognize your patterns and be sure to do mini decluttering projects here and there! My kitchen was in pretty good shape because I am frequently organizing and going through things. It doesn’t take a lot of time if you are organizing regularly. Five minutes here and there is all you need!!

Stay on top of your clutter!

How to keep kitchen clean and organization #declutteringtips #organizedkitchen #organizationtips #kitchen

Clutter is Not Always What is Seen But What is Unseen

Finally, something I realized during the first week of this challenge, is that decluttering does not always produce noticeable results. I didn’t make any drastic cuts to our counters or shelves. Instead, I organized all of our “behind the scenes” spaces! While these improvements might not produce dramatic before and after results, these changes will make HUGE improvements in your day-to-day life! You won’t groan every time you open an overstuffed drawer or duck your head when you open an overflowing cabinet (been there!).

Kitchen Declutter Checklist

Decluttering Your Kitchen #printablechecklist #declutter #kitchenorganization

Are you ready to get started on Week 1??

1.Join our challenge so you can have instant access to our Day by Day Clear the Clutter Challenge Calendar!

When you sign up, you will also receive a weekly e-mail with extra tips and ideas!

2. Connect with our Clear the Clutter Facebook Group for daily motivation and inspiration!

3. Follow the hosts on Instagram (Jaclyn, Keri, Brittany B. and Brittany W.)and use #cleartheclutterchallenge2019 with your new and improved spaces for a chance to win COFFEE FOR A WEEKEND!

Make sure to check out my co-hosts tips as well!

Clear the Clutter Challenge 2019 Hosts

Keri Lynn SnyderKitchen Decluttering & Organization

Decluttering the Kitchen 2019

Brittany B. Decluttering Tips for the Kitchen and Pantry 

Clear the Clutter Challenge 2019

Brittany W. Decluttering  Cabinets & Kitchen Organization 

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For more Kitchen Organization Tips, check out my post from last year’s Clear the Clutter Challenge!

Tips for Kitchen Organization #diy #inexpensive #easy

 

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. candy
    January 7, 2019 / 8:36 am

    We remodeled our kitchen this past summer and that was a wonderful time for me to purge. All those extra mugs and glasses, old containers etc. It felt great.

  2. January 7, 2019 / 9:13 am

    This is a great post and I believe it might inspire me to get into my kitchen and do a total purge. Just yesterday I was thinking about how I am running out of space. The kitchen could definitely use a good cleaning. Thank you for this!

  3. January 7, 2019 / 9:59 am

    These are great tips. I love that you only keep one shape of Tupperware; that’s a smart idea! I just went through my mugs this weekend and got rid of some.

    -Lauren

  4. January 7, 2019 / 11:04 am

    I just organized my entire kitchen this weekend. It was no easy task, but I’m living how tidy everything is now!

  5. January 7, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    I love decluttering and rearranging things to meet the needs of our family. Your list has me thinking of many new areas in my kitchen I need to tackle.

  6. January 7, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    This is a good reminder that I need to get one of those plastic trays for the drawer. We just moved and it’s a mess again! Moving certainly helps you clean out too. I threw away or gave away bags of stuff. I like the list at the end. Good reminder of what we don’t need!

  7. January 7, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Organizing and decluttering is one of my all-time favorite things to do! I love all your tips!

  8. January 7, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Great tips. I am working on my kitchen right now and have similar problem areas. I might have solved the mail pile issue with sorters. I have to work on the junk drawer soon!

  9. January 7, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    Love your tips! It is crazy how many mugs we can accumulate!

  10. January 7, 2019 / 11:26 pm

    I love decluttering inspiration! Now I need to go sort through tupperware dishes and lids! 🙂

  11. January 8, 2019 / 9:44 am

    I need to purge a lot from my kitchen, but the thought of going through everything in my cabinets is overwhelming lol! I know it’s something I need to do, but I just can muster up the energy to get started. Your list is really helpful. Maybe I’ll start doing a little bit at a time by ticking items off the list instead of trying to tackle the whole room all at once.

  12. kayla
    January 9, 2019 / 9:17 am

    I would kill for my kitchen to look like that. We could really use some decluttering of our own. I love your lists and it really is spot on!

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