10 Things You Can Declutter in Your Kitchen Today

In this next detox series post, I wanted to take our decluttering session to the kitchen. This kitchen is an area of the home that obtains a lot of foot traffic. With eating multiple times a day & some of us working from home indefinitely now – it’s a place that gets dirty & unorganized pretty easily. Since that’s the case, it’s important to keep this area clutter free & downsized as much as possible. Here are 10 Things You Can Declutter in Your Kitchen Today:

๐Ÿ“Œ for later

Excess Gadgets & Appliances

The easiest way to have a simple & easy to clean kitchen space is to have clear or semi-cleared countertops. The biggest culprit to clutter is huge appliances taking up precious food prep space. Minimize this issue by only keeping out the appliances you use regularly & store the rest.

Worn Out Dish Towels

We keep a few dish towels in a drawer & one over the stove for decor purposes. Be sure that any towels, especially ones on display aren’t damaged, worn out or stained. You can purchase a pack of these from Target for only $3, so they are relatively easy to replace when necessary. Another tip is to purchase dish towels or rags of darker shades so stains aren’t as easy to see.

Expired Foods

This might seem like an obvious one but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked in the back of the fridge or pantry & found some very questionable items. So, make sure you are cleaning through these areas regularly. This is another reason why I don’t like to over purchase or purchase items in bulk. Chances are they will sit in the pantry collecting dust.

Take Out Menus You Never Use

Now a days, you can find everything online, but I still like keeping around a few take out menus like our favorite local Chinese place. If there are any menus you never reach for, take this time to recycle those.

Cook Books

For some reason I love the ideas of cookbooks but realistically never really use since most things can be found online. Plus, they are rather bulky items. If you have no way to decoratively display them or never look through, maybe it’s time to finally donate them to someone else.


For not being a coffee person, I sure do own quite a few mugs. I managed to let go of a few that had cheesy inspirational quotes on them or sayings. I’m leaning towards more solid colored mugs because I’m such a plain Jane now & I’m less likely to get sick of those styles.

Take Out Sauces Packets

In some ways, I can see how someone would find hoarding these packets useful [ especially Chick fil A sauce] but honestly – I’ve found they mostly just sit untouched & we eventually accumulate even more. Use them up or throw them away.


We own 20 coasters. How this happened, I have no idea. I guess they are the quintessential house warming gift or something. But I managed to choose a small set that were are favorites & let go of the rest.

Excess Pots & Pans & Other Cooking Essentials

In general, you want to look through your collection of cooking tools & choose the favorites out of the bunch. You don’t need 10 different pots & skillets. We actually only own a full set – 5 items & it works for us. Granted it’s only a house hold of two at the moment, but still. Cutting back on these items will surely diminish excess clutter.


All those wonderful gadgets you purchase all come with their own instructional manual. News flash, you actually don’t need to own these at all. Most manuals are found online anyway. So save some space by letting go of this paper clutter.

I hope this list gives you some inspiration when decluttering your own kitchens. What are some other things we all could declutter from our kitchens. Leave your suggestions in the comments.


61 thoughts on “10 Things You Can Declutter in Your Kitchen Today”

  1. I reorganized my kitchen yesterday and I never realized how many doubles my boyfriend and I had of some things. Double sets of pots and pans and mixing bowls, and 3 blenders — how did that go unnoticed? Also lots and lots of silverware which can be a good thing (because we seem to always run out of clean spoons and forks), but no one needs an excessive amount of steak knives lol.

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  2. My kitchen needs a good clean-through! I will use your list to help me with my decluttering. There are plenty of things we don’t use and expired food that we have forgotten about in our cupboards.

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  3. A really great post! That point about too many mugs-I sure can relate to that.And to be honest ,I really need to get rid of some.But somehow I can never find the coasters and I already have like three packs of them.

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  4. We are moving in a month which will be a great time for me to reorganize the kitchen. I can see my husband throwing all of our kitchen stuff into boxes when we move (he’s the most disorganized person ever). Meanwhile, I am struggling to even catch my breath and can barely walk….. I am still waiting for nesting to happen, because maybe then I will have the desire to reorganize the kitchen LOL

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      1. I plan on selling a lot of stuff once I pass this upcoming exam – then there will be more time. Selling and donating stuff you no longer need is honestly the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

        This morning I caught my husband scrolling through Facebook Marketplace looking for more stuff to buy. Seriously, he can’t stop buying stuff! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  5. There is nothing like downsizing to a smaller home to make you declutter your life. We recently moved from my motherโ€™s house, where we were her caregivers, into a smaller townhouse. We had all her kitchenware as well as ours. We ended up giving a whole set of dishes and pots to the local thrift store and throwing away the really incident stuff. It was great therapy.

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  6. Omg this is so relatable! My kitchen is a clutter for sure. A huge appliance is there for no reason for over a year. Worn out towels and take away menus are everywhere. And your 20 coasters? Same here mine date back to I dont even remember ๐Ÿ˜ฆ thanks for sharing it definitely needs a clean up. Will keep in mind xx
    Isa A. Blogger

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  7. These posts always give me the motivation to do some cleaning and decluttering. I look forward to reading more from you about this! My house will thank you for the extra space and breathing room.

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  8. These are great suggestions for things to declutter! It’s always good to check for expired food & I do have a ton of soy sauce packets from getting sushi hah
    When we moved, I got rid of the cookbooks I never use because they do take up a lot of space

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  9. I love this! We’re in the middle of turning what was out laundry room into a walk in closet and I couldn’t be more elated about it. My little house has almost no storage options and the laundromat is right up the street! I can get all my laundry done there once a week in about an hour’s worth of time. So anything that saves space and clutter is my jam! Thanks for the advice ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™Œ

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  10. In all areas of my home I don’t like having too much unnecessary things laying around, during the lockdown I appreciated more the fact of not having too much in my home at that time. The same goes with clothing, shoes, home decor etc.. I really think it helps you ambience to feel lighter and you can think clearer.

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  11. Love these tips for the kitchen! At uni, I only have the essentials and some biscuit cutters etc. But at home I reckon there are a few things we could donate ๐Ÿ™‚ My mum and I are currently doing a declutter challenge so I’ll show this to her x

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  12. When I read the “get rid of the sauce packets” tip, I immediately thought of my mom lol! We have so many of those back at home. I’m guilty of buying extra food because I don’t want to risk running low on food.

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  13. Great suggestions here! We recently inherited a house and let me tell you it hasn’t been decluttered in forever. Sauce packets, manuals, excess pots and pans, kitchen gadgets, we’ve got it all. Somehow it’s harder to let things go when they aren’t/weren’t yours. We also have an excessive amount of dishes. At our home we cut down to one 4 place setting of dishes and one set of pots. It’s overwhelming to go to our new home where there is so much ‘stuff’. Thanks for the tips.

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  14. Great tips! I’m so glad that most manuals can be found online. I’ve also been getting rid of sauce packs right away, they can accumulate so fast and if they’re not used within a day or two I throw them out. Thank you for sharing!

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