How to Make More Room in Your Kitchen by Tossing Out These 12 Things

Decluttering your home’s living spaces takes time, and it’s an ongoing process. It isn’t a one-and-done thing. The kitchen is probably one of the most used spaces in the home. How many times a day are you in your kitchen?

  • You may have cabinets overflowing with items you rarely use.
  • Things get pushed to the back of a cabinet never to be seen again.
  • You buy something you need only to find it later stuck away behind all the clutter.

Does this sound familiar? It happens to all of us, so don’t let it stress you out. Take some time to look at what you have and decide what you really need. The kitchen is the heart of the home and we spend a lot of time there. If you’re struggling to keep it organized, here are 12 things to declutter in your kitchen TODAY!

1. Chipped or Broken Dishes

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Get rid of any dishes that are chipped or stained. Sell or donate items you no longer use but are still in good condition. Not only is it safer, but it’s also helpful to only keep things that are in good condition. You will have less stuff overall and the things you have will be in better condition.

2. Appliances You Never Use

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One of the main causes of kitchen counter clutter is small appliances that take up a lot of space. If you use them all, that’s fine, but make sure they aren’t just cluttered. Go through and get rid of or donate any ones you don’t want to keep or don’t work. Find a spot to store rarely used ones off the counter.

3. Expired Food

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Do you have expired food in your fridge and pantry? It can be very easy to forget about that jar of pasta sauce in the back corner you thought you had used up. Check your pantry, fridge, and freezer for expired food and toss what’s outdated.

4. Tupperware and Storage Containers

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Do you have Tupperware and storage containers that no longer have matching lids? Most of us do and they need to be dealt with. Match up what fits together and toss out the rest.

5. Plastic Grocery Bags

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Go through all those plastic bags from stores that you get when you forget to bring your reusable bags. They add up so quickly and can take over a lot of space. You can keep a few and recycle the rest.

6. Spices

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You probably have lots of spices either in a rack or in your pantry. Make sure that you don’t have duplicates, merge them together to save space and keep them organized. Get rid of expired products or spices you know you will never use. Most spices don’t last more than 6 to 12 months.

7. Bakeware

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Toss any cookware or bakeware that is broken or rusted. Pull out anything you haven’t used in a while and sell or donate it. Not only do they take up space, but they are also a potential health hazard if they have rusted over time or the nonstick coating starts to peel. If you have duplicates, you don’t need don’t keep them just because. It’s time to purge unused and unneeded stuff.

8. Cutlery/Kitchen Utensils

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Keep what you need to have on hand for cutlery based on your family size, and get rid of warped or damaged pieces. Keep good quality kitchen utensils and get rid of damaged, broken, or duplicate pieces.

9. Cookbooks

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Donate cookbooks that you no longer use.  For books that you only use one or two recipes, consider writing them out and putting them in a recipe box or binder rather than keeping the whole book.   Keep recipes from magazines by tearing out the pages that you want to keep and storing them in a binder. Look for recipes online and save them to your phone as another way to cut out kitchen clutter.

10. Mugs

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If you are like me, you have too many mugs.  So first, recycle any chipped or broken glasses. Get rid of mismatched sets. If you are a coffee mug collector, keep your favorites to put on display and donate the rest.

11. Glasses

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Get rid of any glasses that are chipped or broken. Sell or donate the sets that you no longer use and are not needed.

12. Oven Mitts/Potholders

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One of the things to declutter in your kitchen that tends to get overlooked is oven mitts and potholders. Go through and get rid of any that are worn, and donate if you have too many. Do the same with dish towels and gain some space in that drawer.

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Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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