CHALLENGE – Throw away 10 things cluttering your kitchen

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Do you have way too many ‘things’ cluttering up your kitchen?


Do you have:

  • crockery that you haven’t used for years
  • mismatched mugs or cups
  • Lids in the Tupperware cupboard that have no ‘mates’
  • A few too many utensils that you haven’t used for over 12 months
  • Appliances that are rarely used
  • Used batteries
  • Too many cookbooks
  • Cleaning supplies that don’t get used

I put this challenge to you: throw away 10 things cluttering your kitchen.

Here’s what I have thrown out recently, I love decluttering. (Note: Throw away = give to charity, sell or put in bin.)

  • Kids old cutlery, upgraded to big peoples forks
  • Old wooden skewers
  • Appliance – milkshake maker
  • Small slow cooker which I replaced with a banquet size
  • Containers that I haven’t used for years
  • Old Cookbooks – I love my online sites now
  • Expired Medicines
  • Old potato masher, double up (love my Tupperware one, which I was sad to hear has been discontinued)
  • Tongs, I had 1 too many
  • Rock melon scoop which I haven’t used within the last 12 months.

Comment below letting me know what you have thrown away.  You may find that it’s hard to stop at 10!


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Gillian September 13, 2010 - 5:11 PM

I had stacks of cookbooks, seemed like I was collecting them. I got a few folders and started ripping the cookbooks apart. I pulled out the recipes I wanted to try and put them in one folder, then all the recipes I have previously used and put them in either the savory or sweet recipe folder. Then tossed the rest into the recycle bin.

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:40 PM

Great job, I have exactly the same system, I can't stand keeping magazines, they pile up too high otherwise…..great work!!

Kylie September 13, 2010 - 6:06 PM

Hmmm, what haven't I thrown out 🙂
OK, here is what I can remember of what I've thrown out in the last 2 weeks.
* old cutlery
* chopsticks
* expired medicines and creams
* unused containers
* baking pan organiser rack (I now stack everything in a plastic box in the cupboard, much like having a pan drawer, so much neater and takes up less space)
* old-style lightbulbs (they were all good, just we haven't used that style in over 2 years)
* broken toys that I couldn't fix (and fixed the ones I could and put them away in the toy boxes)
* old post packaging that wasn't going to be used
* old envelopes from hubby's mail (he writes notes on them and never throws them out, he now has a notebook instead)
* old magazines
* old cleaning products, not used in over 12 months
* old toys from the bathroom
* old bathroom clock that I haven't bothered using in 2 years
* brushes that no longer get used
* ceramic fruit bowl that was a gift and has never been used.
* pieces of broken pavement chalk from inside the kids cubby house
* excess of baby toys
* excess unused party decorations and favours specific to a certain theme
* dolls and accessories that my 4yr old daughter hasn't played with since given to her over 18 months ago (with her permission)
* macdonalds toys, unopened and used.
* brand new linen and curtains that has been sitting in the cupboard for YEARS
* dress and curtain fabrics that I have no use for

There is more bits and pieces, I just can't remember it all – it is definately a worthwhile task to do in any room, it makes YOU feel so much better along with making the room look and function better.
I haven't stopped yet 🙂

Katrina - The Organi September 13, 2010 - 11:43 PM

Wow what an awesome effort Kylie, your doing so well. The McDonalds toys drive me nuts, we usually end up with 3 x the same, I know it's horrible of me but I throw them away when the kids aren't looking 🙂 You are on a great path to organisation, love it!!

Kylie September 14, 2010 - 7:52 AM

Thanks Katrina 🙂
Yes I worked out that ebay or the charity shop is a much better place for the McDonalds toys, lol – the kids only lose interest in them after 5 minutes anyway.

Sally Lockrey October 24, 2015 - 7:27 AM

So far all cookbooks given to local charity and all expired medicines and tablets back to the chemist for safe disposal. Now onto that wardrobe

Melissa September 18, 2010 - 11:11 PM

McDonalds toys are your child's teachers' best friend! A donation to the classroom prize box would be eagerly welcomed by your chilld's teacher & from experience I find that kids like to donate to this tangible 'cause' too. It might surprise parents to know that rewards & incentives like these are bought out of the teacher's own pocket and it's not unusual to spend over $3000 a year on cooking ingredients, art supplies, teaching aids and the like. It's an easy way to help your child's class & their toy box :0)

Katrina - The Organi September 22, 2010 - 5:55 AM

That's a great idea Melissa, I will definatley be doing that next time. Really $3000 that extravigant money for you to have to spend. Thanks for the tip.

Catrina June 10, 2011 - 9:18 PM

Your ‘tasks’ link doesn’t seem to work hun – much the same way I imagine my partners’ children would work with ‘tasks’ 🙁 but I will try and attempt to throw some stuff at you this weekend haha x

Maxabella March 23, 2012 - 11:01 AM

This is a very good challenge! I just went into my kitchen thinking ‘oh, I don’t have any clutter’ and managed to dump:

A broken food processor I’ve been meaning to fix for three years
Baby bottles and little tiny dummies (just so you know, my ‘baby’ is 3)

I will also be recycling:
A parmesean cheese grater that we used for one block of parmasean in 2008
My baby steam steriliser
26 washed jars and 13 empty milo tins… what can I make with those!

Thanks Katrina! And please send your tongs my way. I don’t think you can EVER have too many tongs, vegetable graters or egg flips.


Debbie March 23, 2012 - 11:37 AM

OKAY I haven’t done this yet as I’m in the process of decluttering the laundry and bathroom (just took a 5 min break and read this post) but I will definately do this. I used to sell Tupperware and I have a major supply, think its time to cull some of it, I have a broken food processor which I’ve been meaning to fix for forever (I don’t even like it – time to buy a new one I think) – cook books, which I never look at because I do everything online… OMG how much junk is in my house, now that I’ve turned my mind to it!

Toni Young March 23, 2012 - 3:40 PM

Oh gosh!! you could send your tupperware to me if you like!!! I just culled my kitchen and it seems that the kids have taken the opportunity to steal all my containers or just loose the lids…. ARGGGGG!!!

Talitha March 23, 2012 - 12:32 PM

no, no, no… I can NEVER have too many cookbooks!!!

Blrob11 March 23, 2012 - 1:11 PM

my husband and two kids….can I throw them out? LOL

Elly January 24, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Hmmm, this is me! A challenge that I need to take up on my next day off! Been pretty good in other areas except the ironing! I am slowly getting there to a clutter free house… Now to read the tips about kids’toys!!!

Lyndal October 23, 2015 - 10:36 AM

I recently recycled all woman’s weekly cookbooks – I had all of them – and replaced them with the 1000 best ever recipes from Australian Woman’s Weekly and Women’s Weekly Bake. More room on my cook book shelf now.

LisaMarie October 23, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Okay, fine, today is the day I’ll get rid of…
– the grotty place mats
– my old cooking magazines (it’s not like I don’t buy new ones each month)
– chipped coffee mugs
– sad looking tea towels.
– the little baby spoons the kids don’t use any more, and those sippy cups with the unreliable lids

I’ve been putting this off.

Lyndal October 24, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Did my wardrobe last week 4 bags gone to friends or vinnies.

Suzanne October 24, 2015 - 9:28 AM

I’ve just painted all rooms except the bedrooms…now giving house a thorough clean before decorating for Christmas…purging excess items at the same time…win for us and win for the DV shelter we support! Happy Days.

Kirra October 25, 2015 - 5:16 PM

I have gotten rid of so many things in the last 3weeks of the 20 day challenge but this weekend i have got rid of:
Old Bbq,a bunch of old extra utensils, my unused juicer, some cookbooks, a few boxes i have had packed up to go the the second hand shop, a big pile of mags, our second pram

Kate - Kat's Assistant October 26, 2015 - 9:49 AM

Fantastic Kirra! Nothing like a good clean out and tidy up.:)


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