Kitchen Decluttering Isn’t Hard. Read These 10 Tips

Kitchen Decluttering

Kitchen decluttering isn’t hard. Read these 10 tips.

Kitchens seem to accumulate a lot of stuff.  Probably because it’s the most popular room in the house.  This means that you need to be vigilant about delcuttering and organizing this space.

So if your kitchen cabinets are groaning with overload it’s time to take action. In order to keep your kitchen working well, here are ten tips:

Evaluate all of your dishes.

Donate anything chipped or stained.

Eliminate any incomplete sets.

If you have stopped using those souvenir cups or you can’t find the salt shaker to match the pepper, let them go.

Simplify with white.

If you are in need of new dishes, consider purchasing all white. They will coordinate with everything and allow the food to be the star of the meal.

Utensil time.

Examine your silverware and your cooking utensils. What do you really use? Create some space by eliminating the stuff you don’t use.

Delcutter the plastic!

Pair up all your plastic wear. Make sure you have a lid for every container. I like to use only one kind of container that way every lid fits every container.

Sort through your candles.

Let go of any that are light faded and the ones that no longer go with your decor.

Raid the recipes.

Whether you collect recipes out of magazines or on cards, you need a way to organize them. While your sorting, take the time to decide whether you need to keep each recipe.

Eliminate the single use items.

Do you have kitchen equipment that only has one purpose? When was the last time you used it? You need to evaluate whether the space they require is worth the number of uses.

Over the holidays.

Do you have special holiday items in the kitchen? If you have the space, they need to be located on a top shelf, so they are out-of-the-way the rest of the year. But, if space is limited, let them do.

Vanish the vases.

They seem to multiply like rabbits. Determine how many you need and eliminate the rest.

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Look around your kitchen. Simplified! Enjoy!

In addition, check out these additional kitchen decluttering blog posts:

Do Yourself a Favor–Clear Your Kitchen Clutter!

Kitchen Cabinet Declutter Checklist

Organize a Kitchen Drawer Video

6 Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is from

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. The September Challenge on September 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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  2. LISA GESSERT on October 12, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Great Blog…I love getting rid of incomplete sets and chipped dishes and glasses. It is so inexpensive to replace and looks so pretty when you have a nice set !!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 13, 2020 at 6:50 am

      I agree. I finally replaced the set of dishes I got as a wedding gift. They were all chipped from “kids”. I feel so grown up now.

  3. Diane N Quintana on October 12, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Fabulous, Janet! I love your comment about the vases. They do have a way of multiplying!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 13, 2020 at 6:49 am

      Yes. They do. When I receive flowers I always think that I will use the vase again, but never do.

  4. Seana Turner on October 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Okay, I’m feeling convicted. I have a couple of incomplete sets of dishes that I really need to let go. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 13, 2020 at 6:48 am

      Seana, why are you keeping them? Do you use them or are they extra and you also have a complete set?

  5. Sabrina Quairoli on October 12, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I can relate to your review and eliminate the dishes. I have one plate I keep seeing but haven’t gotten around to removing it from my home. ugh! Great tips! I like to declutter my kitchen before the holidays since I use most of my stuff at that point of the year.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 13, 2020 at 6:47 am

      I see mismatched and single plates all the time at clients and never understood this.

  6. Melanie on October 12, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    My in laws just moved into a new house (literally yesterday). I’ll be sharing your suggestions!!!

  7. Gina Weatherup on October 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I have handful of single plates (2 leftover from college, which was a long time ago now, and 2 that were painted at a ceramic studio). I treat them like “holiday” plates and keep them in a separate space, out of the way, and just serve on them when I feel like I want something different! But I definitely don’t need them to multiply like the vases!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      HA! No multiplying. It’s OK with keep things that you are attached to, especially if you use them once in awhile.

  8. Janet Barclay on September 29, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Whenever I read one of your posts, I start off going, “Yes, I do that. I do that. etc.” but you ALWAYS name at least one item I have but don’t need.

  9. Janet Schiesl on September 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Glad to help Janet.

  10. Cathy Borg on October 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Love the all-white dishes idea – so simple. My vases are in my dining room. They have been edited. My cooking utensils need a downsizing! Thank you.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 21, 2021 at 7:47 am

      I learned the white dish idea from another organizer and use it myself.

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