Time for kitchen and decluttering organization! Join me in the Clear the Clutter 2019 challenge and grab the free decluttering printable calendar!
We are kicking off the challenge with kitchen decluttering and organization. After the holiday season, my kitchen was in extreme need of decluttering! You can read more about the Clear the Clutter 2019 challenge and I hope you join us! For the next 5 weeks, I will be sharing tips along with my co-hosts to help you declutter your home!
We are also rewarding a special winner every Friday with a Starbucks treat! If you want a chance to win, share your decluttered space on Instagram using the hashtag #cleartheclutterchallenge2019
FIRST TIME JOINING IN OR RETURNING?
If this is your first time joining the Clear the Clutter Challenge, welcome! I am so glad you are here! For those returning, welcome back. It is so good to do a decluttering of your home every year as it helps you to refine your systems and maintain a clutter free home.
Week 1: The Kitchen & Dining Room
Welcome to day 1 of the 2019 challenge. We will be spending the next 5 days in the kitchen and dining room. If you need extra time, the weekend is left open for you to use. You can sign up to receive the free printable calendar below. If you are new, look over the challenge details. Join our Clear the Clutter Facebook Group to share your progress, struggles, or questions!
Week #1 Checklist
- Clean out pantry and throw away any expired food.
- Wipe down the area and remove any items that do not belong.
- Clear all cabinets.
- Remove what is not needed, loved, or used.
- Purge cookbooks, expired coupons, paperwork, mail.
- Clean all drawers.
- Remove clutter surrounding table.
- Wipe down cabinets and counters.
How to Work Through Kitchen Decluttering & Organization
- Clear off the kitchen table. This will hold any unneeded items.
- Empty out all cabinets & drawers! Place what you will keep on the counters, what is trash in the trash, and what is not needed on the table.
- Wipe down the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers. Add new liners if necessary.
- Check the dates on food.
- Place items back using baskets, bins to help organize. Group similar things together.
- Take everything off the kitchen counters and place onto the table.
- Wipe down the counters & backsplash.
- Wipe down ALL small appliances & large ones too!
- Empty fridge/freezer. Wipe out. Put everything back.
- Clean and organize under the kitchen sink.
My Decluttered and Organized Kitchen
With my small kitchen, I have learned to use my space wisely. We have been slowly renovating our kitchen so it is fun to see it slowly come together.
One of the areas I realized was cluttered, was my cookbooks. I had so many that I never use. I decided to keep my Betty Crocker, Upscale DownHome, and my binder I put together. Along with a cleaning book that I think every home must have!
I do NOT transfer food into other containers except for my brown sugar, sugar, and flour. I have always kept these in plastic containers.
Using an organizer to contain silverware is a must! I am also planning to add these liners to my drawers.
For paper organization, I love using my Command Center and a little organizer that hosts my papers that need to be filed. This little section also contains my Home Organization Binder (which is releasing soon in the shop!).
I cannot wait to see your kitchen progress! Remember, it will not be perfect and that is okay! As I organized, if there were things I needed, I just kept an ongoing list. This is not going to be magazine worthy but it is going to be a decluttered and organized space that helps your family function well!
Meet the Hosts of the Clear the Clutter Challenge
Jaclyn of Coffee, Pancakes, & Dreams
Jaclyn lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a mom of three + married to her college sweetheart. She blogs about family activities and traditions, home decor, and favorite finds at Coffee, Pancakes, and Dreams.
Brittany of Dreams + Coffee
Brittany is the face of Dreams + Coffee, a lifestyle blog focused on family, fitness, healthy living and style. She has a passion for staying fit, eating healthy, pretending to know a thing or two about fashion, and most importantly, spending quality time with her husband and daughters. She is thrilled to be living out her passion for writing and editing through the blog as well as through her freelance writing career.
Brittany of Our Home Made Easy
Brittany is passionate about helping everyday women create extraordinary homes the easy way! As a busy working mom, she understands that when possible, getting something done is better than making it perfect. She & her family live in Ann Arbor, Michigan in a home they built 5 years ago. Brittany writes at Our Home Made Easy where you’ll find quick dinner recipes, easy DIY projects, and home decor inspiration that anyone can create!
Keri of Keri Lynn Snyder
Keri lives outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and three kids. She is passionate about helping moms step out of survival mode and into a thriving life. She believes moms can thrive, even in the messy parts of motherhood. Keri shares helpful tips for your home life, family life, and personal life over at Keri Lynn Snyder.
Make sure to check out my co-hosts tips as well!