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  1. Great and excellent article, I can say that you gave an incredible training to me on how to correctly arrange the kitchen professionally,learning how to declutter the kitchen properly and thoroughly is not something that happens overnight which is the bitter truth, how, and where to place essential items and nonessential. I learned a lot from your write-up and am really blessed indeed, thank you for sharing.

  2. Wow, this was such an eye opener as to how cluttered my kitchen is!  I like how you put in to start with one drawer at a time.  That is great advice, because I’ll try to do to much at once and then I feel overwhelmed.  It will have to be the same when cleaning and organizing through my cabinets…ugh those are the worst!  So many containers and pans I don’t even use and quite honestly don’t really have any legitimate excuse as to why I hold onto them, except just laziness.  I loved the suggestions you gave about using empty space to create tools to hang up pots and pans; unfortunately some of the items you listed are not available (such as the Ikea pegboard); do you have any alternative items you can suggest?


    1. Hi Robert, we also get overwhelmed quite easily so we need to pace ourselves. Otherwise, the project gets abandoned mid-way and that’s even worse, isn’t it? 

      If the items we recommended aren’t available, you still have several options. You can DIY them or you can check out Amazon or eBay if either is available. Depending on where you live, you can even go to your local hardware store and ask them if they stock pegboards. They’re usually used for work benches and stations so they should have something.

  3. I didn’t know towels and napkins tend to harbor bacteria. I don’t have many cloth napkins but I have a lot of old towels. I think I’ll be replacing soon. 🙂 The tip for focusing on one drawer or thing at a time is awesome. I think, especially in the kitchen, there are so many things and places to focus on. Good tip. This would allow for doing one drawer per day or weekend at a time. That’s doable. 

    1. You’re welcome, Paula. And we’re glad to know you found our post helpful. Doable is our aim because otherwise, it’s terribly easy to be so overwhelmed that we abandon the whole project. It can be intimidating, can’t it?

  4. Indeed Cleaning and organizing your kitchen could also be the impetus you need to cook more at home, the kitchen can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria If decluttering is not taking place , increasing the likelihood that you and your family will get sick. Following this decluttering  step for our kitchen with definitely keep us away from the doctors office.

  5. Oh you are so right in starting with the kitchen to declutter. I very bravely started about a year ago to get the recipe books off the shelves that I haven’t used for donkey years, put it into a box and that’s where is has been sitting since then.

    You have certainly inspired me to get back on track and look at all the stuff that sits in my kitchen that I either don’t need or shouldn’t be in the kitchen, including my husband’s tools!

    1. Oh, don’t get me started on the tools! Soon, he’ll be getting a van and I won’t need to contend with his tools lying about anymore. What a relief!

      Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

  6. Very interesting…  I have a decent size kitchen and know where everything is, however, there are things that I could de-clutter, for example, coconut oil glass bottles.  

    I tend to keep them for storing sunflower, hemp and pumpkin seeds in.  They prove to be useful, but they do pile up as I use one coconut oil bottle every 2 weeks!

    It is important to me to keep my kitchen tidy with every appliance having its place on my counter tops.  The cupboards are a different story and I could definitely de-clutter my kitchen drawers. I could replace my cleaning cloths more often as you mentioned they harbour bacteria….

    Thank you for making me think!

    1. You’re welcome, Stella. It’s one of those places in the house that just seems to attract clutter. It’s really strange, isn’t it?

  7. Wow, this is really a good post. You know that kind of husband that never get into the kitchen and then the wife goes for a week or so and now I can’t even look into the kitchen. Well, I think I’d make good use of these tips when next she travels because I got some spanking (literally) when she got back. I have to agree that the kitchen is truly the heart and soul of the home and should be kept neat. I’ll make good use of these lessons. Thanks for educating me.

  8. I’m glad I came across your article. Thank you for this creative tips, it is exactly what I needed. I tried many times decluttering my kitchen but it feels so difficult to organize everything. Kitchen appliances are taking so much space and I don’t know which one to keep and which one to stay. I will surely consider glass canisters and the magnitec spice containers.

  9. Thank god for your post. My kitchen is always a mess and I did not even buy anything new. I suspect that it is my husband that keeps moving things around. The receipts are everywhere! They are my never ending problem. I now use my phone scanner app and just get rid of all the receipts. My husband likes to put everything on the fridge and magnet it to the door so I have to keep on taking them down and throw them out. 

    The magnetic spice container is a good idea and the Ikea pageboard thanks for sharing them. Thanks for the tips, I will start one area at the time. Cheers!

    1. You’re welcome. That’s an excellent suggestion about the receipts. I’m going to have to start implementing that too. 

      Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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