Kitchen Declutter | Steps For a Minimalist Kitchen
Declutter Your Kitchen
The kitchen can often be a focal point of your home. Most of us want that space to be a space that we love. To really get a space that you love, consider having a more minimalist kitchen. Start with a good kitchen declutter and then make sure you have all of the essentials.
When your kitchen is clean it can help you feel more at peace in your home. Clutter-free countertops help you have a clutter-free mind.
Decluttering your kitchen can be an ongoing process but starting with a good purge and a minimalist mindset can get you on the right track. After decluttering it will be easier to keep your kitchen tidy.
Small Minimalist Kitchen
Here in a minute, I’m going to give you a few tips for decluttering your kitchen, but first, let’s make sure you are in the right mindset.
I never want to push extreme minimalism. I do not consider myself a minimalist but I do live by many of the principals. For me it’s about staying organized, keeping a thumb on my husband’s tendency to hoard, and only keeping or purchasing what we really need or love.
It’s not about what color your cabinets are painted or about having Pinterest worthy organization in your pantry. It’s about clearing out the clutter and making your life more simple.
I have a bright kitchen with owls on the wall and I have one storage bin in my pantry that isn’t a cardboard box. BUT I have clutter-free countertops (most of the time) and tidying up the kitchen can happen in minutes (if I keep up with the dishes.)
So I’m here to tell you that you can have this too. It requires no money, just a little time and maybe some internal encouragement to let go of items that are clearly just adding to the clutter.
4 Steps to Minimalist Kitchen Organization
Tip 1 – Clear out the refrigerator and pantry.
Get rid of food that is old or that you know you will never end up using. This will also help you know what you have so that you don’t rebuy it at the grocery store. You can also plan meals around the food you currently have.
You can use my free meal planning printables.
Do this on a regular basis. I try to do it each week before I go to the grocery store. Plus, a big clear out at least once a year.
Tip 2 – Go through all of your cabinets and drawers.
- Throw away anything that is broken.
- Donate anything you don’t use.
- Only put back what you truly use.
- Also, a good drawer organizer helps keep things in place and look less messy.
Be ruthless and honest. Don’t hold onto things you haven’t used in a year. I’ve done this thinking, “Oh I’ll just make myself use that a Christmas time.” Christmas came and went and I still didn’t use the pretty bowl.
Just get rid of it! I promise you won’t regret it. If you are still having trouble decluttering you can read my post on Why Decluttering is Hard and How You Can Overcome the Obstacles.
Tip 3 – Clear The Counters
When people walk into your kitchen you want them to see a lot of open space on your counters. More free space, with less clutter, automatically makes a space cleaner.
The ultimate goal is to make room in your cabinets for things that are out on your countertops.
This means decluttering… not just shoving things in your cabinets.
I used to have something on every inch of my countertops. Once I got rid of some things in the cabinets I was able to put my canisters and electric can opener in the cabinets.
This made for more open space, which brings me more peace when looking around my kitchen.
Tip 4 – Find a System For Mail and Other Incoming Clutter
I have a made it a habit to sort through the mail as soon as it comes into the house. First, I throw away the junk and then deal with the rest accordingly.
Then, I have a mail command center hanging on the kitchen wall and this helps a ton.
Lastly, I have a place for papers that need to be filed, and papers that need to be dealt with right away. This keeps all the mail clutter off the counter and table, which is a win in my book.
This silver envelope is hanging on my wall. This is where I keep all of the things that need to be dealt with and recipes I need to keep for a while.
In addition to my mail system, I do have one basket on my kitchen counter where I allow things to be hidden. I use this basket to hide, pens, papers, notebooks, and my planner.
I clean this out regularly and don’t let it become a free for all basket. It is for the items in the kitchen that tend to make the countertop their home. This basket and my mail system are a huge part of how I keep my countertops clutter-free.
I love it when my kitchen is super tidy and clean and hope you can find peace in your kitchen through a kitchen declutter.
If You Need More Help Keeping A Clean Home
This blog is full of resources to help you achieve an enjoyable and comfy place to live in. I love helping others find simple systems and routines that make homemaking easier.
I will always recommend two main things to get you started. Declutter your entire home and start a cleaning routine.
If you want to know more about my cleaning routines. I suggest checking out my free printables library. I have made multiple checklist and printables that you can print out and use to help you build these daily habits. You also get a copy of my Ebook – Simplify Your Life With a Cleaning Routine. This book will help you design your own cleaning routine.
If clutter is your problem, here are two resources that can help you:
- 3-day challenge – Declutter Your Bedroom in 3 Days.
- Declutter Guide – Declutter Your Whole House In Your Own Time
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