16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter

Kitchen clutter is one of the easiest things to get rid of !

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter

Kitchens tend to have a lot of unnecessary duplicates.

I suspect that dishwashers play a part in making us feel like we need multiples of things. Oh, that thing is dirty and in the dishwasher, thank goodness I can pull out one of my five extras. Only one of the reasons we hate choose not to have a dishwasher, but not hating on those of you who d0 – I get it.

1. Get Rid of Glasses/Mugs

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter get rid of glasses

Why do people have so many glasses?

I suppose using a different one for each beverage might make you feel more sophisticated, but you probably still have one or two favorites that you always gravitate toward like your comfy sweater.

What about those plastic cups you brought home from the restaurant for the kids? Nothing too classy about those.

There are probably quite a few glasses and mugs in your cupboard whose main job is collecting dust, which is really kind of sad for them. Set them free.

2. Get Rid of Tupperware/Containers

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter get rid of plastic

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First of all, this is more of a personal preference, but glass is so much better for storing leftovers – sooo much easier to wash, doesn’t stain, doesn’t put toxins in your food if you microwave in it, etc.

If you’re into your plastic, though, it’s likely that you have stuff with missing lids or that’s been damaged in some way, or just plain way more of them than you can ever use at once.

My parents made a smart decision years ago and ditched their other containers in favor of the ones that have the lid attached. Goodbye obnoxious floundering around trying to find the right container combination. Miss you never!

3. Get Rid of Vases

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I haven’t gotten a ton of flowers in my life, but I still managed to collect quite a few vases?

In our current living situation, I’m only going to use one at a time, and I actually can’t remember the last time I used a vase.

You might be much better with fresh flowers than I am, but if I had too many vases, perhaps you might as well.

4. Get Rid of Knives, Etc.

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You might be a gourmet chef, in which case I understand why you have so many knives. But six paring knives, really?

Are you planning to sprout five more sets of hands, or does your whole family all stuff themselves into the kitchen every night to help you do stuff with paring knives all at the same time? (The same goes for peelers.)

Then there are those silly knife blocks – when you buy a knife block with a set of knives, how many of those do you actually use on a regular basis, and then you still have a bunch of knives in a drawer?

We’ve gotten rid of our knife block (which are kinda gross, really) and keep just a few favorite knives on a magnetic strip on the wall.

5. Get Rid of Ladles/Serving Spoons

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter get rid of ladles & serving spoons

We used to have at least three ladles and I have no idea why.

Since we’re not running a soup kitchen, we never ate more than one soup at a time.

All it did was encourage us to be more lazy with doing the dishes.

Same with serving spoons – are you a Norman Rockwell family sitting down to a 6-course meal every night? If so, I’m coming over.

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6. Get Rid of Spatulas

How many can you really use at once?

What joy does it give you to store the rest?

Kitchen clutter…

7. Get Rid of Scrapers

Probably the reason you have so many is that they came in a pack. At least I think that’s why we used to have a bunch.

You really only need two – a big one for scraping bowls and a smaller one that fits in jars.

We now have and love one scraper for both.

8. Get Rid of Pitchers

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It’s nice to have a couple of pitchers if you regularly make multiple types of beverages at the same time, but I still bet you have more than enough pitchers.

9. Get Rid of Salt & Pepper Shakers

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The majority of people we know have a good 2 or 3 sets.

It seems like it’s handy to have multiples sometimes so you can always find one, however, I think we actually train ourselves to be more careless instead of having one set place we always put something back. This might just be an issue between the Mr & I, however 😉

10. Get Rid of Measuring Cups & Spoons

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Most people I know have more than two sets of both of these things in addition to several of those multi-cup Pyrex thingies (which is all we use).

I will admit that I’m not a baker, but I also really hate extra dirty dishes, so even when I do have to use measuring spoons or cups I make sure to do it in a way that I can just use the same ones.

That tiny bit of convenience is not worth it to me for the trade-off of more stuff taking up more space and more time to wash.Tweet: A tiny bit of convenience is not worth the trade-off of more stuff taking up more space + more time to wash. @TicoandTina

11. Get Rid of Rolling Pins

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Like I said, we don’t even bake, so I have no idea how we used to have multiple rolling pins. If even we did, chances are you might, too.

12. Get Rid of Whisks

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter - get rid of whisks

Same old refrain, different verse… how. many. can. you. use. at. a. time??? Or better said, how many do you NEED at the same time.

13. Get Rid of Cutting Boards

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We used to have at least 3 or 4 cutting boards.

Strangely, we only ever used 1 or 2 at a time – meat, veggies.

14. Get Rid of Special Use Items

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It’s really fun to have just the right tool for the job.

The problem is when you store up a bunch of special tools for special jobs that you only do once or twice.

A personal example is when we wanted to re-create an authentic Mexican carne asada meal for friends from out of town, and we bought some of those little bowls to put all the different toppings in.

Cuuuute, right?

What’s not cute is that those bowls continued to take up space in our cupboard and never got used again.

Got any of those kinds of things? Do share.

One example of a special use thing that we actually do use is this sushi kit. Making something so delicious so simple is totally worth it if you make it a point to have it at least once a month. (Obviously this is all a bit subjective 😉 )

15. Get Rid of Place Mats & Table Cloths

16+ Things to Get Rid of to Reduce Kitchen Clutter - get rid of tablecloths and place mats

It’s possible I’m just not classy enough for place mats, but I seriously don’t get it.

All of my experience with them has been that they’re very high maintenance. I mean, they even look fussy to me.


  • They make an annoying ridge so that you have to be careful where you place your glass so it doesn’t tip over.
  • They make it harder to fit more people at the table.
  • They make it harder to fit the food on the table and everything just feels suffocated.
  • You have to gather them all up in order to clean the rest of the table properly.
  • You have to wash them.

I’m also pretty anti-table cloths for some of the same reasons, although at least my mom’s everyday cloth doubles as a giant napkin, which is a running family joke. And at last you can grab a whole table cloth up at once and shake it outside or something.

What really kills me is when people use BOTH. As I recall, my grandma did when I was growing up. I just figured it was how they did things in the south.

Obviously using neither of these things means that I prefer a very low-maintenance table.

It’s true. I’m all about a quick wipe down that allows me to spend the rest of my time doing other things.

But this isn’t about my personal preference. I’m just betting if you do use either of these things you might have way more than you know what to do with, and/or you might consider getting a different table if it’s one that scratches easily.

16. Get Rid of Appliances

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This is admittedly a hard one because we’re biiig on convenience.

But if you’re honest with yourself, how many appliances do you have that you only use once or twice a year, if that?

We had a crockpot and a roaster that got used less than a handful of times in 7+ years of marriage. To be honest, I think the only time that roaster got used was when someone borrowed it.

I know it sounds strange that I didn’t get into using the crockpot. I had every intention to… but I’m a million times happier with our Instant Pot, which does the job of 7 appliances in one. So. Worth. It. One of my favorite parts of it is the stainless steel pot because I was always wary of the aluminum in our old rice cooker.

I’m sure you have different appliances you don’t really use, but the fact remains that you probably have some.

We acquire all these things because they seem like they would be nice to have and they’re easy to get and all they do is add to the kitchen clutter.

What’s not nice is feeling suffocated by all your stuff, often without even realizing it’s a big part of what frustrates you about your living space, or about trying to keep a clutter free home.

It can initially be really hard to imagine living without some things, even if you don’t really use them, but our challenge would be to put them away in the garage or something difficult to access space, or even loan them out for a while.

Baby steps.

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  • Elsie

    I totally agree with all these things! We had lots of extra vases to get rid of.

    • Things like that just add up so sneakily! 🙂

    • Isn’t it crazy how things multiply? It’s a mystery!

  • L. A. McDonough

    I did a kitchen purge recently and stuff went to several group homes. XL skillets and a large pot rarely used (just two of us and use med. skillets. Extra duplicates of utensils got donated. Had to replace some older stuff so bought several items at Bed B &B. Have several sets of tongs for church dinners. Crockpot is used more in winter, otherwise is stored in lower cabinet. Ladles: don’t have one, I use a one cup Pyrex measuring cup to dish out stews and soups. Have Rubbermaid with red matching lids, old stained plastics was recycled or donated. Never had food processor, and use blender daily for smoothies. No need for electric mixer (stir by hand) Kitchens can be a real clutter catcher besides the garage. Got rid of vases, mugs, too.

    • I agree, kitchens probably have the most extra stuff in the house! I like your idea of using a measuring cup in place of a ladle! but I think for us we would find it a bit messy 🙂

    • That’s a great way to bless others with things you no longer need!

  • lastone65

    This is the stupidest article I have ever read. Just throwing things out is hardly a useful activity. If the writer wants to eat at a bare table, that is her choice, but to suggest civilized people who use table cloths and/or placements are extravagant or just brainless is insulting and shows how self-absorbed this woman is. It is her way or the highway.

    • I’m sorry my sense of humor and the many times I specifically said things were subjective or personal preference were misunderstood. I did say the reason I don’t get tablecloths and place mats might be that I’m just not classy enough 🙂 If my personal reasons for why I don’t use them made you feel brainless I apologize, but I admit I’m a bit baffled as to why you’re reading a post about decluttering if you think getting rid of things is a waste of time.

  • Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    I certainly have an overabundance of cooking and dining things, but that’s due to the fact that those things count as my hobby as well as my work rather than just as a means of feeding the family. But the vases … I couldn’t believe how many vases had accumulated over the years when I finally cleared them out last year!

    • It’s definitely a different scenario when something is also a hobby, I feel. It’s funny how fast those vases pile up, especially when it doesn’t seem like you even get flowers very often! 🙂

  • Rona Mai on Farelon

    Really it’s noting wrong with having two or three sets of measuring cups as far as they have their own place.

    • There’s really nothing wrong with keeping things in general. It’s just about what enriches your life, and that’s different for everyone.