Declutter kitchen challenge

Simplify My Life Challenge – Kitchen Declutter

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.

Simplify My Life - January Declutter kitchen 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

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.

Follow my Kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest for more great ideas. 

Follow Holly Connors's board Home {Kitchen} on Pinterest.

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

declutter kitchen

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

72 thoughts on “Simplify My Life Challenge – Kitchen Declutter”

    1. Hi Sharon,
      There’s a PDF printable checklist about 3/4 the way down the the post. If you click on it, it should open and you can print it :) let me know if you have trouble though and I can email a copy through.

  1. Hi Holly. I’m dropping by from Delia’s group and wanted to congratulate you on your initiating a Clutter Challenge. It is a much bigger issue than many of us may realize and a bit of inspiration goes a long way as I found out when I set up a pilot challenge on my new training website.

    And yes, the kitchen is a great place to start. Your tips are ones that we often neglect even though they are the ones that can reduce wasted space..

    1. Thanks Vatsala for your visit & kind words. It is amazing how much space we can find when we cull the clutter. Hosting a 12 month challenge will be a little daunting but fun too :)

    1. Yeah, there’s no way I work quick so a slower paced challenge is less pressure for us all :) the worst part now is going to be getting rid of all the stuff I declutter. Eeeek! Good luck.

  2. I’m joining in and I can’t wait to see less clutter. I’m glad that I cleaned out my fridge completely last week (we had a suspect smell) because that means I’ve gotten one of the biggest tasks out of the way.

    1. Winning Tegan! Already a step ahead indeed. I am yet to tackle that dreaded job. Our bottom drawer is a nice collection of half rotten fruit & veg right now… Eeek! Maybe tomorrow… :)

  3. Simplify is what I’d like to do and am doing, but I have to toss stuff…that’s hard! But I’m joining in the spirit and will follow along with your project. My kitchen is ok, it’s the stuff I clutter my office and even DR with that makes me nuts.

    1. I’m a hoarder too ;) got snappy with the hubby today when he said we needed a dump run with my boxes of sentimental stuff. But this year I’m going to be strict. My office is the worst too!

    1. I tend to blame the 2 busy working people thing too. But I have no excuse now that I barely work outside of home. Isn’t it amazing how you just accumulate crap without trying? hehe Can’t wait to see where the inspiration leads you.

  4. Hi Holly,
    thanks for the reply. I can’t print it and the properties say locked by Holly. I can’t even copy and paste. Maybe I’ll just write them out :)

  5. Great ideas! We recently REALLY purged our food storage containers. I can’t believe how many accumulated over the past year (and many without lids!!??!!!). Also, I found 6 pitchers. My fridge isn’t big enough for 4 on the shelf – let alone 6. Have a system for going through different areas will certainly be helpful!

    1. We were the same with the food containers. That was one of the biggest culprits in the plastic cupboard. Or worse… lids and no container :-/ Gotta be strict to really see results though and that’s my method this time round.

  6. I’ve been busy tossing and reorganizing since Christmas! I’m stopping by from the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party since I’m co-hosting this week with Jessica. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up this week!

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    1. Well done Toni. Off to a great start. I think I will tackle the dreaded fridge today… Putting off the biggest job til last (pantry). It sure does help to have some way to feel accountable :)

  8. My kitchen is exactly like this – a dumping ground for all the bits and pieces that I haven’t figured out where to store. The kitchen is literally the centre of my house and your post has inspired me to clean it up and declutter. Very excited to work through the checklist – who would have thought I would be excited to clean a kitchen??

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  10. What a great post, Holly! I’ve been studying Feng Shui for years and found that many neglect creating harmony in the kitchen—one of the most important rooms in the home. I’ll definitely be sharing this one! :-) #HomeMattersParty

    1. Sounds great Erika and that’s a win for the dishwasher. Always nice when there’s one less thing to worry about :) although challenge 2 kicks off Tuesday but it’s no where as big as the first. Good luck.

  11. Fantastic and motivating blog. I plan on a meal planner this year too. I’m so in the mood to declutter. I love that you are going to focus on this all year, I will be looking forward to the weekly check in and inspiration. Thank you!

    1. Me too Sarah! If only hubby would start a reward chart for my efforts this year hahaha little gold stars to mark the progress and some jewellery or chocolate after a certain number of stars. No? Lol

  12. 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!


    1. 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 :)

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

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