Kitchen Decluttering Tips

These kitchen decluttering tips is key when planning your meals. Having a clean, organized, and clutter-free kitchen will help you stay organized, motivated and confident while preparing and cooking your meals. It will also help eliminate the feelings of being overwhelmed or intimidated when it comes to meal planning. So, before you even think of putting a grocery list together one of your most important tasks is to declutter your kitchen. Once this initial step is completed, you will be on your way to creating the ultimate kitchen conducive to quick and easy meal planning.

Why Declutter?

If you have a disorganized kitchen or have so many food items in the pantry or fridge, it's hard to see what you have. In turn, it makes it challenging while shopping since you may end up purchasing items you may already have, which results in a lot wasted time and money. Following these kitchen decluttering tips will result in you saving money and not having a lot of food items go to waste if they are not consumed before their expiration dates. Therefore, keeping your kitchen clean and organized will help with menu planning, grocery shopping, as well as, with helping you save money! If you are ready to tackle this task on, keep reading to find out more on how you can organize your kitchen!

Step-by-Step Kitchen Decluttering Tips 

Step 1: Cleaning

First thing is first. You will need to do a deep cleaning of your kitchen including the fridge, pantry and cabinets. The purpose of this is to toss out old and expired food items, spices, old utensils, appliances etc.

Are you overwhelmed? Don't be! All of this cleaning does not have to take place at one time. Do whatever you have time for. You can clean out your entire kitchen in one weekend, or break it up by cleaning the fridge one weekend, and then tackle the pantry the following weekend, and so forth. You can do this until you feel your kitchen is clean from top to bottom.

If you are ready to get cleaning, you will need the following supplies: Sponge, bucket of warm water and garbage bags.

  • Take every item out of your kitchen cupboards, pantry, freezer and fridge. I would recommend doing this one at a time so not to overwhelm yourself.
  • Toss all expired items.
  • Toss all canned items that has not been consumed within one year.
  • Toss all spices,dry herbs, and baking ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, flour, etc.) that have not been used within 3 years.
  • Clean the cupboards, pantry, freezer, and fridge with soap and hot water. 
  • Let it dry.
  • Restock. 

Are you ready to restock? Take this opportunity to organize your fridge, pantry and cabinets by creating "Zones" for all food items. You can take it a step further and create zones for kitchen appliances, utensils, dishes, etc. 

So... are you ready to find out what the zones are? Then go onto step 2!

Step 2: Create Your Zones

Creating zones or designated spots for specific items in your kitchen will help you maintain organization for all your food items, including all of your kitchen gadgets, pots/pans and household cleaning items. Once you create zones for specific items, do not deviate from it. By consistently keeping the same zone for a specific item, will help you develop a routine when meal planning and creating grocery lists as you will know exactly where certain items are always located. All you would have to do is take a quick peek at your zones and you will know exactly what items you need.

Another benefit of creating zones? This will also help those of you with kids as they will learn where things are and where they are supposed to be kept at all times. This will also help them learn about organization. 

Step 3: Create a Routine

This is one of my most important kitchen decluttering tips. Once you cleaned and organized your kitchen, you'll want to create a regular cleaning routine to avoid a mass clean up in the future. Here are a few tips:

  • Daily Cleaning: Make sure you wash and put away any used dishes for the day. Wipe down stove, oven, counter tops, microwave and sink. Take out trash.
  • Weekly Cleaning: Everything you do for your daily cleaning, as well as, adding thorough cleaning of microwave, dust and wash off appliances, wipe down outer parts of cabinets, make sure all leftovers are consumed or tossed from the fridge.
  • Monthly Cleaning: Everything you do for your daily and weekly cleaning, as well as, thoroughly washing and organizing the fridge and your pantry. Throw out any expired items, including any spices or baking items such as flour, sugar, etc. Go through your freezer and make sure to use up any frozen meats for upcoming week's meals.

If you maintain a regular cleaning schedule, to amount of time you put into cleaning will not be overwhelming or tiresome. These kitchen decluttering tips is well worth your time. It just takes that initial investment to get yourself organized!

This step-by-step kitchen decluttering tips system not only helps you get rid of items that should have been tossed long ago or to make things easily accessible, but mainly, to create the "zones". These newly created kitchen zones will help you in creating and maintaining a menu plan.

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