Organize & Declutter your Kitchen - The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series

For this room of the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series, we’re organizing and decluttering your kitchen today! When you’re organizing your kitchen, functionality is key, especially if you’re into cooking and baking.

With those two hobbies alone, there’s a lot of different things that make their way into your kitchen. Let alone how much everyone else uses it too! 

For today, we’re going to tackle this not-so-big-bear of a room! Seriously, it’s not bad with this method and you don’t need hours of consistent hours to do it.

A functional kitchen is the name of this game today, so we’re going to go after some of the biggest inhibitors. Cabinets, drawers, pantries, all of these spots are going to get completely organized and your kitchen will finally be decluttered!

What is The Completely Organized & Clutter Free series?

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve invited me along to be apart of your journey to be more organized and have a clutter free home!

The idea of home as a sacred place has long held true across many generations and cultures. This sacred space can be a place for wonderful memories, blossoming relationships, and the many milestones of your family’s lives.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series has surpassed all of my expectations over the last few years, evolving into something that has helped so many more people than the few I wrote it up for.

The series started as just a few tips and tricks that I picked up when my husband and I moved from a 450 sq ft apartment into a 1700 sq ft house.

Frustrated by the learning curve, I kept a trial-and-error book of tips that were a waste of time and others that were pure gold.

Through trial and error, I was able to effectively find what works best for anyone looking to stop the habitual decluttering, the unrealistic organization standards, and start implementing real life strategies to get your house back to being balanced.

The things I’ve learned from others as well what I’ve developed from just trial and error, has gone into this series to help you reclaim your home as a sacred place and have a sustainable way of keep it that way.

What you’ll find for every room

Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.

Along with the quick reference checklist, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.

The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.

The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.

So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.

Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your kitchen will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Don’t forget your checklist!

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

Curious about more posts like this?

There’s a lot more posts like this over at the Home & Organization hub! There’s plenty of articles to help you find real life solutions with results that are tailored to your lifestyle.

For more of this series, each post and all of the bonus content can be found on the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series main page.

Checklist Prep Work & Planning

Take some time to write out your checklist before you dive into your session. Each section has simple, easy to follow ways to get the most out of your time and your energy, so your organization and decluttering won’t be unnecessarily taxing.

These methods will help you to better understand where you need the most function and what can be taken out to clear for space.

I’m a fan of white space, so sometimes having nothing in an area after your initial round will help tremendously as time goes on. Room functions change, so having a white space option is always better than having to rethink your whole room over and over. 

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your kitchen will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Gathering Up Items

Any time you’re tackling a big decluttering project, take a walk around the rest of your house before you begin. Look for anything kitchen related that may have snuck into another room.

The best time to really go through your kitchen is when all of your dishes are done, or close to being done. There’s nothing worse than finding the secret plate stash after you’ve done all of your hard work.

Psst - If you forget an item or there’s something hidden in a drawer, don’t worry, you can always move these back to it’s place later! Just focus on grabbing the plain sight ones.

The same “rehoming” goes for anything that made it’s way into your kitchen that could be repurposed elsewhere. Set those items that aren’t listed on your checklist where they belong or set them out of the way for now.

If your kitchen is multi-purpose or has a few functions, don’t forget to put these down in your top three functions on your checklist!

For me, I use my kitchen for sprawling out my bills. (Does everyone do this too? I feel like this is the primo-spot to sprawl out paperwork!) In my own top three functions, I list bill station as one of them, so I don’t forget to keep a drawer in mind for my pens and notebooks.

Once everything is gathered up and shuffled in or out of your room, it’s time to dive into some sorting!

Categorizing & Sorting

On your checklist, there are several lines to list out categories for your items. If you’re finding some things difficult to categorize, remember to keep it simple.

It’s so easy to overthink and list out all of these micro-categories of what’s in your kitchen. Keep it simple by being broad with your categories. Instead of making categories for “Plates,” “Bowls,” and so on, try doing a category just for “Serving & Flatware.”

Anytime you’re decluttering or about to clear some serious clutter, think of this time as a way to start big and begin working smaller and smaller once you’ve completed a big round.

If you’re pressed for time and still want to sort through clutter, my biggest tip is to take it category by category. When you categorize your items before you sort and declutter them, you give yourself “built-in” breaks to pause or pick up easily without a big mess.

Is today a tough day for time? Sort out and declutter a smaller category so you’re not running into your other obligations.

Decluttering your Kitchen

Now it’s time to sit down and go through one category at a time. To keep it simple and time effective, stick with one category instead of trying to do all of it all at once. Give yourself some breathing room and no need to rush.

Whichever category you choose is up to you! Usually, I’ll start with my largest one so I can get it out of the way. Eat the frog, right? But you can start small and work up to your big categories!

On your first category, we’re going to use a two-bin sort for our decluttering method to begin. This method works well because it’s more effective then multiple sorting categories right off of the bat.

For your first major round of decluttering, two bin keeps it simple and doesn’t send you into decision overwhelm. Yuck.

There are a few questions I like to ask when I’m decluttering kitchen items. Let’s take a look at each of them below:

“Is it damaged, not used, and/or avoided?”

We’ve all kept that one pot that looks like the handle is going to fall off for that “what if” moment, but this series is about letting go of “what-if” and embracing the here and now. Let go of that “what if” and let someone else enjoy the item if it’s in good condition.

“Is it seasonal or will I use it when it’s in season?”

If you have season-themed dishes or towels, that is fine! Set these aside if you’d like to keep them and if you use them when they’re in season.

I like to have this question, just because I know that it’s important to have positive change in your surroundings. And correlating them with the seasons is perfect for keeping everything in sync and easy!

If you’re struggling with items to declutter in this category, go back to why you’re keeping it and go back to the question of “Do you use it when it’s in season?”

“Is this item sentimental?”

Don’t feel pressured to get rid of things, but don’t feel obligated to keep something just to keep something. If your kitchen is a holding spot for sentimental items, I wrote up an article to help with specifically that!

For all other items, go back to the two, simple questions: do you use it? Do you like it? If you’re answering no to these questions, set it aside to be donated or tossed if it’s broken.

“How often do I use this item?”

Go through each item that has passed the last few questions and ask yourself: “when did I use this last?” For every day items, set those aside when it comes time to move everything back in.

Weekly items get their own pile, while once-in-a-reasonable-while gets set to another pile.

TIP: It’s easy to keep every single plate you own because you use plates every day, right? Go back to what you actually use each day, each week, so on and so forth. If you only use 4-5 plates every week, is it worth the space in having twenty?

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Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your kitchen will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

Organizing your Kitchen

Organizing is my long time passion. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’ve always been someone who really enjoys organizing.

I love when things are exactly where I need them to be and takes the frustration out of running all over trying to find it. When we talk organizing, that’s the feeling that I’m absolutely obsessed with. That feeling of never having to worry if I have to fight over twenty other things to get something that I use frequently.

Ah, what a goal, right?

That’s the type of organization that I want you to think of for this part. We’re going to deep dive into really going back to what you need and how you want your bedroom to function.

On your checklist, we’re going to look back at what you want this room’s functions to be as well as how you mapped out your room. Take some time to look over these two points to see where you need white space and where you need something to function.

First, let’s start with your bulky items, so you can get the major parts out of the way first. Kitchen table, chairs, microwave, all of these things that just take up just enough space.

I’m always a lot more successful when I get the main pieces in the room down first instead of working in the smaller pieces after I set down one big piece.

Once you have your big items back situated, and a clear space to think in, go back to your checklist where you sketched out your Ideal Room Set Up. Sketch out a flat-lay of how your cabinets are laid out, drawers are set up, and so on! With this exercise, you’ll have a plan of attack before moving everything back in.

When you’re ready to rearrange and organize, start with your everyday-use pile and use your mapped out room to organize in a way that’ll function better for you.

TIP: If you have a few deep-set cabinets or corner cabinets that are hard to get into, put your once-in-a-while items in these places first. That way you’re not fighting through to get to your plates every day!

 
Learn how to completely organize and declutter your home with this in-depth room by room series. These tips and tricks have been thoroughly tested & are used by professionals to keep their house spotless and functional. In this article, your kitchen will be perfected with these simple, easy steps. Includes a printable worksheet! #organization #home #declutter #organizemyhome #clutterfree
 

What can we organize & declutter next?

Don’t forget to grab your quick reference checklist that goes with this room by entering in your info in the form below!

This checklist will help you to stay on track when you’re in the middle of going through your room. Along with keeping you focused, this checklist will also help to pin-point how you want this room to function and how it needs to work for your lifestyle.

Enter in your info below and you’ll receive an email with your checklist inside! You’ll also receive an exclusive bonus guide just for grabbing your checklist!

When you’re ready to move onto your next room, don’t forget to check out the main page for The Completely Organized and Clutter Free Series here.

On this page, you’ll find each room and its corresponding article. Need some time to decompress from this project? Each room is independent, so it doesn’t rely on completing one room before or after another. When you’re ready, start your next decluttering and organization project here!

To help you after your initial declutter and organization, I’ve also compiled everything you need to keep your house clutter free and organized without having to do big projects like this often.

In the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide, I’ve compiled everything you need to break bad habits that lead to disorganization and clutter, as well as the tools you’ll need to stay proactive in keeping your house sacred.

From customizable calendars, detailed checklists, to a beautiful organizational binder that will finally get your storage areas under control, the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Companion Guide is made to help you build up lifelong habits to keep your house functional and headache free.

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