I’ve written before about the importance of an organized and clean kitchen. It’s the heart of the home. A place you spend a great deal of time. And during these last few months of quarantine, I’m sure you spent more time there than you planned to.

Today I’m diving a little deeper into why an organized and clean kitchen is key to your sanity. Did you know studies have shown clutter and mess can trigger stress hormones to rise?!

I don’t know about you, but knowing that would make me want to clean stat.

I’m not alone here when I say being stuck inside has been a blessing and a curse. More people are organizing and getting their houses in order. But on the other end of the spectrum are those that spent these quarantine days buying more stuff than they know what to do with.

And most of it for the kitchen.

Fear not, my friends. Today’s post is all about decluttering and ditching kitchen overflow.

Decluttering your kitchen

Tackling kitchen overflow can be a daunting task. But you’ll be surprised to find we often buy items because of a fantasy rather than reality. Unless you regularly host wine and cheese parties, do you really need six cheese platters?

The first step to decluttering a kitchen and minimizing overflow is creating piles. Keep. Trash. Recycle. Donate. When sorting through your items, don’t overthink their use. Simply ask yourself this question:

  • Have I used this more than once this month?

Believe me, you’re going to surprise yourself with how much will end up in the donate pile.

After sorting through appliances, be sure to check the pantry.


I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely found long-expired food that’s been pushed all the way to the back. Sometimes we buy an ingredient for a recipe and never use it again. Consider asking a friend if they have what you need rather than buying an entire bottle you’ll only use once.

The main thing you need to remember when organizing your kitchen is how much space do you have to use?

Your main goal is to keep only the essentials in the kitchen. Here’s a helpful image to tell you what those essentials are. Another goal is to make sure you have at least one of each. Do you really need three whisks? No. Donate two of them. Toss anything that’s broken.

If you buy holiday-themed kitchen essentials, store them away with the rest of the decorations. Decorative dishes are okay. But rather than displaying them on your countertop, install a wall shelf and put them there.

When it comes to your kitchen — the heart of your home — you want functional over style. This doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your kitchen. The goal is to not put decorations in the space you use to cook.


Space-making tips and tricks

I hear from a lot of people that the hardest part about organizing a kitchen is the lack of space. If you have a smaller home or apartment, more than likely your kitchen is going to be small. But a small kitchen doesn’t spell immediate doom.

There are many space-making hacks you can try. Some provide more counter space. Others act as double duty. And most involve finding new and inventive ways to store bulky items.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can find more space in your kitchen, no matter its size.

Backsplash. Your kitchen backsplash doesn’t only have to be eye-catching. You can make it useful. Try a stainless steel pegboard for a clean and minimalistic look. Hang your most-used knives and small pots there for easy access.

Folding table. If you can’t fit an island in your kitchen, consider installing a folding table on the wall. Lower it whenever you need extra prepping space. Talk about effective. You can use it to prep food, eat, and work. When it’s not needed, fold it up.

Working untapped space. Around the fridge and corners are the most underused spaces in a kitchen. But with a little innovation, they can become amazing storage zones. Build narrow shelves between the fridge for items such as spices or smaller objects. Install corner shelves for pots, pans, dishes, and more.


Over-the-sink cutting board. Again, if you can’t fit an island, try finding a cutting board the length of your sink. An easy fix when you have little space, you can also rinse what you’re cutting right there.

Utilizing closets. I know how much we’d all love a walk-in pantry, but the majority of us have to make do with what we have. Don’t think you need to store all your food in the kitchen. Look at nearby closets. Can you reorganize any of them to fit some backup food? If you do, make sure you remember to check the expiration dates. Don’t fall into the out of sight, out of mind trap.

It’s a lot to think about so let’s recap everything we just learned. Below is our foolproof checklist. This will make decluttering and organizing your kitchen easy and stress-free.

Kitchen decluttering checklist:

  • Gather cleaning supplies.
  • Clean one area at a time: remove everything and wipe down inside.
  • Separate all items into piles: Keep. Trash. Donate. Recycle.
  • Make sure you have at least one working item of each kitchen essential.
  • Organize cabinets, drawers, and counters.
  • Return items to newer, organized areas.


I mentioned earlier how studies linked stress to clutter. Studies have also revealed stress can be cleared away by the simple act of cleaning.

Yes, decluttering and organizing your kitchen will take time, but consider the benefits. Knowing where everything is each time you start cooking will keep things running smoothly. And the more you get used to putting things away in a designated zone, the more natural it’ll become.

As the heart of the home, your kitchen should represent possibilities. It should represent you and your family.

It’s normal to overbuy; to purchase items you think you’ll need one day. But keeping only the essentials in your kitchen will make for a much more effective space.

And, as always, we here at The Project Neat are here to help. Send us a message and let us assist you in making the kitchen of your organized dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the significance of maintaining an organized kitchen?

An organized kitchen, the heart of your home, is essential for sanity. Studies indicate clutter increases stress hormones. Amid quarantine, focusing on decluttering becomes paramount for a stress-free environment.

How can I efficiently declutter my kitchen during quarantine?

Start by creating piles—Keep, Trash, Recycle, Donate. Ask, “Have I used this more than once this month?” The goal is to eliminate fantasy items and donate what’s surplus. This process reduces stress and adds order to your kitchen.

Are there specific tips for decluttering kitchen appliances and pantry items?

Definitely! Check pantry items for expiration and declutter unused appliances. Don’t overthink; just assess utility. Project Neat recommends borrowing ingredients to reduce excess and emphasizes keeping only kitchen essentials for an organized space.

Why prioritize functionality over style in kitchen organization?

While decorating is encouraged, prioritize functionality over style in the cooking space. Project Neat advises storing holiday-themed items away and installing wall shelves for decorative dishes. Keep the kitchen functional for efficient cooking.

How can I maximize space in a small kitchen?

Small kitchens need creative solutions. Utilize a stainless steel pegboard for efficient storage, install a folding table for extra prep space, and explore underused spaces like corners. Project Neat offers inventive ideas for any kitchen size.

What's an effective checklist for kitchen decluttering?

Follow Project Neat’s foolproof checklist: gather cleaning supplies, clean one area at a time, separate items into piles, ensure one working item for each essential, and organize systematically. Regular decluttering, as studies show, alleviates stress.

How does clutter contribute to stress, and how can kitchen organization help?

Studies confirm clutter triggers stress hormones. The act of decluttering, endorsed by Project Neat, provides stress relief. Knowing where everything is streamlines cooking, fostering a calm environment in the heart of your home.

Can Project Neat assist in creating an organized kitchen space?

Absolutely! Project Neat, a top-tier home organization service, specializes in turning kitchens into organized havens. Contact them for personalized solutions and bring order to your kitchen effortlessly.

Why is it essential to reassess and discard expired items during kitchen decluttering?

Regularly checking expiration dates prevents storing expired items. Project Neat recommends avoiding the “out of sight, out of mind” trap. Maintaining food freshness is crucial for an organized and safe kitchen.

Can I repurpose common household items for kitchen organization?

Certainly! Repurpose items like stainless steel pegboards, folding tables, and over-the-sink cutting boards for efficient storage. Project Neat encourages creative solutions to maximize space in any kitchen.

What role does Project Neat play in creating an organized kitchen?

Project Neat doesn’t just organize; they transform kitchens into functional spaces. Their ongoing support ensures a lasting, stress-free, and organized cooking environment.

How can I turn the kitchen into a personalized and enjoyable space for my family?

Involve your family in the process. Create designated zones and personalize the space. Project Neat suggests making the kitchen enjoyable while maintaining functionality.

Can I rely on Project Neat for ongoing support in maintaining an organized kitchen?

Absolutely! Project Neat provides ongoing support for long-lasting organization. Contact them for personalized guidance to keep your kitchen stress-free and organized.

Are there cost-effective solutions for kitchen organization?

Yes, indeed! Utilize household items creatively, explore DIY options, and repurpose unused spaces. Project Neat offers budget-friendly ideas to efficiently organize any kitchen.

How can I prevent kitchen clutter from accumulating after organization?

Implement Project Neat’s methods consistently. Regularly reassess items, involve your family, and adopt smart storage solutions. This ensures a lasting, clutter-free kitchen space.