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How to Declutter Your Kitchen Quickly for Busy Moms in 2021

With the holidays coming up, many moms are wondering how they can get their kitchen in order. There’s no need to stress about your kitchen anymore with this ultimate guide for decluttering your kitchen quickly. 

With these decluttering tips, you will be able to keep your kitchen clean and organized all year long! 

Decluttering your kitchen can be a daunting task for any busy mom. In this blog post, we will give you top 10 tips for getting rid of clutter in the kitchen. These easy-to-follow steps will help make your home more organized and efficient!

3 Best Tips to having efficient productivity

  • Make a list of all the tasks that need to be completed
  • Prioritize your list based on importance and urgency
  • Complete each task one at a time, dedicating full attention to it before moving onto the next task
  • Take breaks after completing each task for 10-15 minutes in order to stay fresh and focused.

As a mother of 3, being in the military, student and entrepreneur, one thing I cannot afford to do is waste my time. My best method of productivity is making sure I make my to-do-list for the day/week. The best way to get things done is to not put more than 5 tasks on your list.

What is the biggest problem as a busy mom?

  • Lack of time
  • Energy
  • Sleep
  • Losing yourself in the process
  • Getting stuck in a rut and forgetting who you are as an individual
  • Feeling like you’re letting your kids down because they’re not getting enough attention from you, but still wanting to spend some time with them after work so they don’t feel neglected or abandoned by their parents

Why does this happen?

Believe it or not, all the problems that come about as a busy mom, applies to the daily tasks you give yourself, which affects the things you need to get done in your kitchen, around the house, and ultimately spending time with family.

You are often called a super mom, but you must remember that you are human and must plan according for your own sanity. This is how efficient productivity occurs and more things get done.

11 Best Tips to Decluttering as a Busy Mom

Tip 1: Declutter the kitchen by taking everything out of it and putting in a large storage container.

  • Take everything out of your cabinets. If you haven’t used a certain item in the past month, get rid of it!  Remove all items from countertops and kitchen tables as well. Put anything that is not allowed back into storage container for another three months to see if there’s any possibility of using it again before getting rid of it for good!
  • Donate any items you haven’t used in the past year. Keeping track of what has been donated will be helpful so that you don’t donate something again by accident.  Donating to a local food pantry or shelter would also be an excellent way for someone else to get use out of your items!
  • Wash everything that’s going back into the kitchen.  You don’t want a dusty sink, countertops or table when you’re done decluttering!  Make sure all cabinets and drawers are wiped down as well before putting anything back in them..

Tip 2: Throw away anything that is expired or no longer needed 

  • Throw away anything that is expired or no longer needed. Expired food, old spices and ingredients can lead to bacterial growth in your kitchen if not thrown out!  Also throw away any items you don’t use on a regular basis (e.g., seasonal decorations).
  • If there are some things that you’re not sure of, take advantage of the “sniff test”. If something has gone bad or smells funny, get rid of it!
  • Once everything is out of your kitchen and cabinets/drawers are wiped down, put back only what needs to be in your kitchen for daily use.  This will help to keep your cabinets organized and clutter-free!

Lastly, make sure to do a “deep clean” of the kitchen once you’ve decluttered it.

A deep cleaning would be when you really scrub all surfaces in the room down to get rid of any bacteria or germs that may have accumulated through the year.

 If you’re going to do a deep clean, consider hiring a professional cleaning company or asking friends and family for help! Check out this article on cleaning!

Tips on what to do after a deep cleaning

  • If you’ve already done a deep clean recently, check your cabinets and drawers once more before putting everything back in. Make sure everything is neatly organized so that it’s easy to find all items in the kitchen.
  • Label any cabinets or drawers that are already organized to help keep them clean and clutter-free!  If you’re someone who doesn’t like labels, try adding colored tape on cabinet handles so that it’s easier for anyone else using your kitchen (e.g., guests) to see what cabinet they’re looking for.
  • Try adding a potted plant or fresh flower bouquet to make your kitchen feel more alive!  Fresh flowers can really brighten up the room and add color, while also making it smell amazing too!
  • Take a step back and admire your work!  You just made the kitchen you use every day look brighter, more organized and clean. Give yourself a pat on the back for all of your hard work – it will definitely pay off when you’re in this room cooking up delicious meals to feed your family!  

Tip 3: Store all of your food in airtight containers

  • This helps keep the room clean and hygienic for everyone using this room!  Take advantage of these tips to declutter your kitchen quickly for busy moms today!
  • If you have items that are too big to fit in drawers or cabinets, consider getting under-the shelf baskets.  These can easily slide underneath shelves to provide extra storage space without taking up the valuable countertop real estate!

Tip 4: Toss out old spices that are past their prime

  • Ditch the dusty spices that are sitting in your cabinet or drawer.  When unsure of what’s expired, take advantage of the “sniff test” to see if they still have their original smell or taste. If something has gone bad or smells funny, get rid of it!

Doing a deep clean will really help your kitchen look great!  Throw away expired food, clean cabinets and drawers with disinfectant wipes or spray to get rid of any bacteria or germs that may have accumulated throughout the year.

  • If you’ve already done a deep clean recently, check your cabinets and drawers once more before putting everything back in. Be sure everything is neatly organized so that it’s easy to find all items in the kitchen. Check out this article on cleaning without wasting time!

Tip 5: Sort items into categories – food, cooking tools, appliances, gadgets, etc. 

 This will help you to see what items are essential and which ones can be donated or tossed out.

  • Once everything is out of your kitchen and cabinets/drawers are wiped down, put back only what needs to be in your kitchen for daily use.  This will help to keep your cabinets organized and clutter-free!

Tip 6: Put all the food in one place.

Putting food in its designated place will help to keep the kitchen looking clean and it will be easier for everyone using this space to know what they have.

  • Go through cabinets, drawers and pantry one by  at a time  so you don’t feel overwhelmed!  Take everything out so that you can see all of your options. You are sure to find the organizing process much easier this way!
  • Once you’ve categorized your food, put like foods together so that it’s easy to see what items are available.  For example, pasta should be stored with other pastas while canned goods can share a shelf or cupboard space with other canned goods.
  • When expired, get rid of it!  When you don’t have the time to go grocery shopping just yet, donate any extra food that can still be eaten by someone else.
  • If not expired but you know you won’t use it before its expiration date, get rid of it and make a note on your calendar or planner for when to replace this item.

Tip 7: Put cooking tools on a shelf or countertop so they are accessible while preparing meals 

Having items you use frequently easily accessible will help to save time and effort!  Cooking will be easier when the right tools are always at your fingertips.

Dedicate a mandatory shelf or area on countertops for cooking utensils so that they don’t get lost in the mix of things. Having these items all together makes it easier to grab what you need.

  • When your kitchen is too crowded, consider hanging up pots and pans on wall hooks so they are out of the way but still accessible when cooking meals!
  • Check out this article on the best kitchen tools to have in your home!

Tip 8: Store any small appliances that don’t get used often elsewhere until needed 

Having small appliances, like toasters and blenders, stored away will prevent them from cluttering up your kitchen’s countertops.   Plan on using these items frequently or daily, consider having a designated place in the cupboards for when they are not being used so that there is no clutter!

  • Try putting any extra appliances in the pantry or cabinets. This is not an option! Place these items under the kitchen sink (if there’s room) to prevent them from getting lost and cluttering up your countertops!
  • After using appliances frequently, consider having a shelf above the microwave where any small appliances can be stored so they are easy to grab when needed.

Tip 9: Tackle those pesky plastic containers in the cabinets

Having these items sorted will help to keep your home free of clutter!  It’s easier for everyone using this space to know what should be recycled, donated or thrown away.

  • If you are short on time and don’t want the hassle of sorting through all those small containers right now, consider storing them in a large container or bin until you have time to sort them.  This will keep the clutter at bay!
  • Not enough room in your kitchen for a container? Consider storing any extra plastic containers with other household items that are out of season or do not get used frequently so they stay organized and out of sight.

By now you should have a clean and decluttered kitchen!

Tip 10: Have your kids help with decluttering

Kids have so many items in the kitchen – from books and toys to small appliances. When they are done playing with or reading something, it’s easy for them to just toss their items anywhere – which can lead to a cluttered kitchen!

  • Dedicate an area in the cupboards below the sink or a drawer so your kids have space where they can put away any extra items that don’t have a permanent home in your house.  This will help to keep the kitchen clutter free!
  • If there’s not enough room in the cupboards, consider hanging up any extra toys or books on wall hooks so they are out of sight, but still accessible when it’s time for playtime.
  • By organizing items with kids, you can teach them to clean up after themselves
  • Give your kids a designated area in the kitchen.
  • Consider adding a small shelf or bin where they can store their belongings when not being used. This will help keep the clutter at bay!

Tip 11: Create labeled sections on your countertops so everything is more organized than before!

This tip will help you to save time in the long run.  

When everything has its place, it’s easy to be able to find what you’re looking for – no matter how busy life gets!

  • Use baskets on your countertops that can hold specific items like fruit and vegetables or snacks and drinks so they don’t get lost in the clutter.
  • If you are short on space, consider using small bins or jars to hold items that will fit inside of them so they stay organized!


Now you have a clean and organized kitchen!

By following these steps, your home will be free of clutter in no time. Try to use the tips as often as possible so even if life gets busy, things stay neat and tidy!

In the future, make sure to schedule some time out of your day to declutter and clean – whether it’s once a week or on a monthly basis.  

This will help you stay organized even when life gets busy!

Let me know in the comments what tip you like best! I would love to hear from you!

Stay Positive! Stay Motivated!

Talk Soon,


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