Task 3 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Kitchen Appliances

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

The word ‘Declutter’ can be so overwhelming for some because it can mean two very different things. It can either mean a good clean out for all those very organised housewives out there who are looking forward to doing a much-needed spring clean, while for others, it’s a word that brings on anxiety for so many struggling mums out there who are barely managing to keep up with their daily routines, let alone a massive decluttering job. That’s why I love doing these declutter challenges with you, because, with my weekly declutter challenges you don’t have to get overwhelmed, as we tackle a little bit each week. For all of you who signed up, welcome to the third week. And for anyone who’s new to my challenges, sign up and start with me today!!!

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Decluttering Task #3

Kitchen Appliances

Are you a hoarder of old kitchen appliances? You know those appliances you thought you’d use (like the donut machine) but used once and put it to the back of the cupboard!! I used to keep my benchtop appliance free, but I now keep all the appliances I use daily on the bench.

Today we take a look at the appliance cupboard and declutter them to create an organised space for your kitchen appliances.

The appliances I don’t use so often are kept in a cupboard with easy access.

Today we take a look at the appliance cupboard and declutter them to create an organised space for your kitchen appliances.

Consider purging some of the old appliances that you don’t use or need, because some of your newer appliances might do the same job for you, saving you precious cupboard space. I have a Thermomix which does the job of so many of my old appliances (ie, blender, food processor, juicer) so I’ve been able to purge a few over the years.

Today we take a look at the appliance cupboard and declutter them to create an organised space for your kitchen appliances.


Note: My definition of a purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit!!

  • Look at your cupboards and see what storage solutions aren’t working
  • Remove everything from the cupboard, and group like-items together
  • Throw out any broken appliances, that are just wasting space
  • Purge double up appliances
  • Keep your favourite appliance and purge the others that do similar things
  • Determine what items you haven’t used in over 12 months and consider purging them
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products to your cupboard to help you keep it organised
  • Place items you don’t use often towards the back

  SEE MORE: Clever Kitchen Organising Ideas 

  CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: where I shared snippets of ME cleaning out my appliance cupboard.

The saucepans won’t make it to the Declutter 52 Things in 52 weeks list, so go ahead and tidy and/or purge them too if needed.  I keep the pans nested into each other and keep the lids in a long plastic basket (which I got from Bunnings a few years ago), which keeps the lids tidily together.

I have added a 3M hook to the cupboard door to hold my silicon saucepan mats which protect the benchtop from hot saucepans

Today we take a look at the appliance cupboard and declutter them to create an organised space for your kitchen appliances.

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Judy Cheretis January 16, 2019 - 5:30 AM

Hi Katrina. Can I ask how you store your cake tins. I have so many and need to go through and tidy them up. Thanks

Loretta January 16, 2019 - 8:24 PM

I place smaller cake tins inside larger ones, then store them all vertically in a plate rack.

Bronwyn January 16, 2019 - 5:46 AM

I’m not going to have much to get rid of… we are off grid solar, so any appliance that wasn’t useful or chewed too much power had to go.
Although I haven’t used my slow cooker in 3 years but hubby is determined to keep it ?

Erin January 16, 2019 - 5:51 AM

Would love to ideas here too mine are above the oven and I’m always worried ones going to fall out on my head!

Jules January 16, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Thank you Kat! I’m Mum to a toddler and a newborn and so far I’m finding this challenge really achievable as I don’t have to do to much at once, which is what normally makes me feel overwhelmed about decluttering. I’m even looking forward to seeing what each new challenge will be!

Judy January 16, 2019 - 6:59 AM

I have a quesadilla maker….seemed like a great idea at the time but has never been used. It’s going!

Rhea January 16, 2019 - 7:16 AM

I feel like I’ve accomplished something already! We store our sauce pans and lids the exact same way! 🙂

I will be taking a look at these items this evening for sure!

Melissa73 January 16, 2019 - 7:23 AM

I only have 2 saucepans, 2 fry pans baking trays. For my family of 10 but no cupboard space. Usually have to keep them in the oven and on the cook top. Maybe will gain space as I go. Fingers crossed .

Jess January 16, 2019 - 7:24 AM

One step ahead of this one, i recently got a thermomix so I just cleaned out my appliances!

Sharon January 16, 2019 - 8:14 AM

Love the saucepan lid storage idea, Kat! I’ll be looking out for something like that. I too have a Thermomix so no need for other appliances! ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 16, 2019 - 12:59 PM

how great is the Thermie! 🙂

Delia January 16, 2019 - 9:07 AM

When nest stacking frying pans, place a sheet of good quality paper towel in between each one to stop the pans on top scratching the ones underneath. No need to do it for stainless steel saucepans as they are pretty tough, but for frying pans that may have Teflon or another non-stick surface, it really helps.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 16, 2019 - 12:58 PM

ooh interesting, thanks for sharing that Delia! 🙂

Lesley January 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Or use a pretty tea towel……

Kerrie Maher January 17, 2019 - 7:56 PM

So I’ve purged 5 appliances. I didn’t even know I owned an electric wine cooler.
All given away via my local good karma network. Feeling awesome.
Thanks Katrina ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Well done Kerrie! 🙂

Chris Ann January 18, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Have a Thermomix so not much to de clutter this week! May I make a suggestion though? Would it be possible to provide us with a list of de cluttering tasks that you will be suggesting down the track? I will be travelling for several months later this year and would love to tackle some extra tasks before I leave so I don’t get too far behind while I’m away!

Lesley January 18, 2019 - 3:12 PM

A job I’ve been meaning to do…….electric knife – out, old microwave – going, old grill – going, food processor – well, just found out it no longer works……so ditching….. Now have space in cupboard for other stuff (needed!) and a bit of re-organisation….
Thanks Kat

Tinamarie January 18, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Ok completed the challenge but how does everyone store their food processor attachments?

Lesley January 19, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Maybe all together in a plastic box cleared out from last week? Or check to see if the manufacturer of your food processor has a storage thing as an accessory?

Stella January 26, 2019 - 8:31 AM

I was keen to clear out with this challenge, we have a large juicer that hasn’t been used in years and I couldn’t wait to have the space however hubby wasn’t having it and wouldn’t let me get rid of it. He said we paid to much money and he might decide to make a proper juice one day. I told him he could use the magic bullet but he put his foot down. Anyone else facing these problems?? The only thing I managed to clear out was an electric knife and only because we had two!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 31, 2019 - 1:06 PM

Hmm perhaps you could sell it and he could keep the profit for giving it up lol… or give him 3 months to use it, if not, chuck it!!


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