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Simplify My Life Challenge – Kitchen Declutter

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Welcome to your very first “SIMPLIFY MY LIFE” monthly challenge task. Each month I will be bringing you 3 parts of the challenge – Part 1 will be the DECLUTTER, part 2 will be to ORGANISE and Part 3 is to SIMPLIFY. It’s less overwhelming in parts, don’t you think?

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss the regular updates. They will also help remind you to stay on task. But for now, on to our very first challenge.


The kitchen is one of the most central spaces in most homes, visible throughout the day and when guests visit. For that very reason, the kitchen is a great place to start on our journey to “SIMPLIFY MY LIFE” year long organise, simplify and declutter challenge.

If you are anything like me, the kitchen also tends to be a bit of a dumping ground for certain items, such as leaving paperwork and keys on the bench, or those random items that may not have a set home (yet). It’s a terrible habit and makes the kitchen so unsightly. (Not to mention it’s a bit lazy on my part).

Decluttering Your Life

Unfortunately before we do a kitchen declutter though, we must start with a big clean up. No point trying to organise a dirty, untidy kitchen! So many of the items on the kitchen checklist are cleaning tasks… Brace yourself!

Then we will get into the nitty gritty of getting rid of excess ‘crap’ so you can simplify and enjoy a clutter free, organised kitchen.

Download your kitchen declutter checklist to get started by clicking the link.

Kitchen Declutter Checklist

To help you on your way, check out the natural methods of cleaning the microwave and dishwasher, along with other tips and hints on getting your kitchen spotless and organised throughout the month.

And remember, you have a whole month to do these tasks, so you may want to space them out, or do them all in one day or weekend, although this is only part 1 of the January challenge.

Here are some bonus declutter tips to get you started:

  • If you have not used an item recently, chances are you do not need it. Think twice before putting back anything not on regular rotation.
  • While it is great to be prepared for anything, do you really need 30 left overs containers? Probably not.
  • Dinner set or silverware for a special occasion – if you never seem to pull these out, they may be taking up valuable space.
  • Same goes for pantry items – can you see yourself eating those tinned artichokes? No… bin them or give them to someone who will.
  • Your local discount store is likely your best friend for cheap organisation products for the kitchen – stackable containers for your pantry items, spice rack, shelves to create extra storage under your sink, baskets, hooks, etc.
  • Create a yearly cleaning schedule for your home which includes regular cleaning of the kitchen appliances. Done often, they won’t seem like such a big job compared to being neglected for months.
  • Meal planning is perfect for reducing waste and spending less on groceries.
  • And for staying organised in the kitchen, check out my menu planning and kitchen inventory printables – keep track of meals to make, groceries to buy and fridge, freezer and pantry inventory.

Do you have any great tips for doing a kitchen declutter?

Good luck… It’s time to start the SIMPLIFY MY LIFE challenge so you too can simplify your life this year.


Sunday 25th of January 2015

I like how everything you're working on goes together:)


Sunday 25th of January 2015

Thanks Rachel.

Shannon Bednowicz

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

I love this post! I got some new appliances for Christmas from my parents and I completely reorganized my kitchen. I love a big work space and since I've changed everything around, and cleared that space, I am SO much more engaged and excited in cooking. I love being in my kitchen and I'm so much more motivated to KEEP it clean.


Wednesday 21st of January 2015

That's great to hear. Sounds like both our Christmases were very kitchen inspired. Everything but a pair of earrings and a plant were kitchen presents for me lol but you're right, it makes it exciting.

Carol Cassara

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Very helpful list, thank yu so much. We are renovating also...sigh.


Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Oh dear, Carol. You probably have no choice but to declutter right now. Good luck & I hope the list helps.

Sara | Kid Magazine

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

We will be renovating this year and our kitchen may be ever so slightly smaller so I need to do this declutter now before it all happens. Love this challenge!


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

What a good extra motivator! Haven't done the renovation thing before but I imagine it can be stressful. Good luck!

Sharon - Her Organized Chaos

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

The kitchen is the worst place to try and declutter! I am on a mission to do it after your tips. Hopefully I don't get overwhelmed like I normally do! I start and then it's going well and then it all just keeps adding up and it's too much! Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesdays! I just started co-hosting there and hope to see you next week and see what great stuff you have to share!



Wednesday 14th of January 2015

It sure is a big area to tackle but feels so good once it's done. I've never done such a thorough job of it myself either. I do the same... Start well, then get very over it haha breaking it down into smaller tasks makes it less daunting :)