Are your kitchen counters covered with clutter and your kitchen cabinets cram full of chaos?
You are not alone.
Our kitchens are the heart of our homes but too often there’s barely space to scream never mind cook and enjoy a family meal!!
We can’t organise. We can’t clean. We can’t find anything. And the sheer volume of our crazy kitchen clutter grinds us down.
But decluttering all our kitchen counter tops and cupboards feels like an even bigger nightmare.
Far too many of us have tried – Marie Kondo style – yanking everything out of every kitchen cabinet to see which of our five can openers sparks joy …
… and ended up angry and overwhelmed by even more mess!!
So what can we do?
Well, this 30 day kitchen declutter challenge will declutter all your counters and cabinets in 10 minutes a day with no mess.
That sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it? So are you up for the challenge?
First, I’ll explain how to declutter your kitchen without being overwhelmed and then get you started with a day-by-day kitchen declutter checklist that purges every counter and cabinet.
1. How To Declutter Your Kitchen Easily With No Mess
But the basics are simple :
All you have to do is:
- Put aside 10 minutes a day.
- Focus on one small area from the kitchen declutter checklist below.
- Do NOT yank stuff out.
- Simply spot stuff in that area you are already ready to let go.
- It could be be expired food, triplicates, rubbish gadgets, horrid mugs, chipped glasses, grotty grey kitchen cloths. You choose …
- … but don’t over think it.
- Aim for 10 items each day.
- Pop your picks in a charity box, recycling or trash bag.
- Repeat the next day.
- And the next … for 30 days.
- And you are done!!
It cannot be that simple. Can it?
Well this just 10 things method is exactly how I decluttered my kitchen cabinets and purged thousands of things from my crazy mess of a home when other methods failed.
I will quickly explain why it works and then you can get started on the kitchen declutter checklist.
2. Decluttering Without Being Overwhelmed
The just 10 things method helps us declutter our homes thoroughly without being overwhelmed.
It works because it :
Only Takes 10 Minutes A Day
We can all find 10 minutes, even when our lives are hectic.
Doesn’t Make An Unholy Mess
This tells our brain decluttering is easy & that we can do it.
Works With Us Not Against Us
It clears stuff we are actually ready to let go rather than dragging us into the “I might need it” battle.
Makes Decluttering A Habit
Lots of research now shows small daily habits we stick to are the super powered way to change our lives.
Uses The Power Of Numbers
If we let go of just 10 things a day, we can declutter 300 things in a month – and over 3,000 thing in a year – without breaking sweat!!
Motivates Us To Do More
Decluttering kitchen counters and cabinets easily in just 30 days gives us the motivation we need to declutter the rest of our home.
So let’s get started …
3. Thirty Day Kitchen Declutter Checklist
Use the checklist to focus on one small area of your kitchen every day. Click the links for a daily prompt.
Daily Declutter Prompts
Each prompt gives you 10 items of kitchen clutter to look out for.
You won’t have them all – and some may seem crazy – but they will open your eyes to the unwanted clutter in your kitchen hiding in plain sight.
Each prompt also includes little psychological nudges and motivational thoughts to help us break clutter’s hold on us.
Do bookmark or save the checklist to keep your daily prompts handy.
Everyday Kitchen Equipment
- Kitchen Utensils
- Spoons & Spatulas
- Kitchen Linen
- Cooking Bits & Bobs
- Kitchen Knives
- Baking Equipment
- Tea & Coffee Clutter
- Kitchen Storage
- Kitchen Gadgets
Parties & Entertaining
Cleaning & Laundry Supplies
- Fancy Cleaners
- Pest Control
- Smelly Stuff
- Drying Stuff
- Ironing Clutter
- Food Wraps
- Floor Cleaning Stuff
- Dusting & Polishing Clutter
- General Cleaning Clutter
- Kitchen Sink
Food & Drink
- Dried Food
- Food Bottles & Jars
- Tins & Cans
- Cooking Ingredients
You may have spotted there are actually 40 prompts. I’ve included extra because everyone’s kitchen is different. If one prompt doesn’t work for you, skip to the next.
4. Successfully Completing Your Kitchen Declutter
Focusing for 10 minutes on one tiny area of your chaotic kitchen daily so you can quickly let go of just 10 things you know you don’t need, will deeply declutter your kitchen counters and cabinets in 30 days.
At the end of the declutter challenge you will be able to organise and enjoy your kitchen again and will have built a declutter habit you can use to declutter your whole home.
So do get started today …
5. More Declutter Help
For more help decluttering the rest of your home check out my FREE declutter guide and use these guides to tackle other big clutter hotspots :
And if you found this kitchen declutter checklist helpful please do share with friends …Photo: White and red kitchen by Marco Verch and minimalist kitchen by rawpixel under Creative Commons 2.0 Original image source: jars