Task 30 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Kitchen Bench

It’s week 30 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

It’s at the heart of the home. We use it daily – sometimes three times a day! – and when it’s cluttered and messy it makes my day clunky and I feel irritated. It’s the kitchen bench, and it’s a magnet for paper clutter, rubbish, and appliances.  Let’s fix that.

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Decluttering Task #30

Kitchen Bench

My kitchen is very open plan, so I like to keep the benches clean and tidy. The only things that are on my benches are appliances I use nearly daily, or the ones that are too heavy to move regularly. 

Having a clutter-free kitchen makes mealtime so much less stressful, and I especially like waking to a tidy kitchen. It helps me start my day in a positive and happy mindset. 

  SHOP THE LOOK: Rattan Counter Stool, clock was from a small business no longer operating. 

Declutter kitchen bench with The Organised Housewife declutter task


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

Today’s task will clear the kitchen bench of everything that doesn’t need to be there (e.g. paper clutter, rubbish, certain appliances etc) and better organise the things that are staying put.

  • Look at your kitchen bench and see what appliances you don’t use frequently and storage solutions that aren’t functional. 
  • Remove everything from the kitchen bench, grouping like items together.
  • Determine what items you haven’t used in over 12 months and consider purging them.
  • Determine what items you haven’t used in the last fortnight and consider storing them elsewhere.
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products to your kitchen bench to help you keep it organised (e.g. if you keep your phone, wallet and keys here, consider getting a storage box or bowl for them).
  • TIP: Mail and school forms are a common kitchen bench clutter culprit. Consider storing these in a magazine file elsewhere, or attaching to a magnetic clamp on the fridge. 
  • Place appliances that you use regularly back on to your kitchen bench.
  • Place items you don’t use often towards the back.

The kettle, toaster, coffee machine, Vitamix, and Thermomix – as well as a couple of pretty plants – are the only things that have a permanent place on my kitchen benches. 

How To Clean and Tidy The Kitchen Bench

  READ MORE: How To Clean The Kettle

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  SHOP: Keep your kitchen sink organised and clutter free with The Organised Sponge Sink Caddy

The Organised Sponge Sink Caddy by The Organised Housewife

  SHOP: Take the stress out of lunch packing with my easy-to-use Lunch Box Planner Pad 

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How many items have you been able to purge today?

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