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

How to clean the limescale off the kettle

  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 

Lunchbox planner pad The Organised Housewife

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Deej July 24, 2019 - 10:27 AM

This is great timing, as I annoyed with my benches being cleared at night and covered in stuff by the next night. I know I need to clean out the pantry, and reduce some of the plastics and dinner sets and that will help – then I need to find out what else gets dumped there and make a new solution.
School and sport notes get dumped there… so I need to find a better space for those things, and it really is about 2 things I think – decluttering and having a place for everything… AND changing habits so rather than dumping and repeating the cycle, changing habits to putting things away in the place that has been made for them.
In saying that I am still a work in progress – but these weekly tasks have helped me focus and achieve so much this year, thank you.

Also you link to the reminder email about the 2020 planner is not working. It sounds perfect and just what I am after. Cant wait!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 24, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Deej thanks so much for your message, and I am so happy to hear that my weekly declutter tasks are helping 🙂 Having a place for everything does definitely help, but keep in mind that life is messy and we all struggle with the clutter at times. The link is working for me (perhaps it was having a funny moment). You can make sure you’re the first to know of the 2020 planner by heading here: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/shop/first-to-know-2020-calendar-and-planner/ Thank you! Kat x

Deej July 24, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Thank you! Link is working now. 🙂 That is very good advice – life is messy and I think accepting that, has been one of my biggest challenges yet! It does help me not feel so stressed about the house too. Thank you.

Asma July 24, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Hi, very good article thanks for sharing.
You are excellent blogger

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 25, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Thank you Asma, lovely of you to say. Kat x

Maria July 29, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Hi, I believe everything on my bench should be ‘working’ have a use or it’s got to go. Like all rules, I have exceptions in that I have a few items that disguise what can’t be hidden. Things have to be practical but they can be attractive too!

Maria July 29, 2019 - 1:06 PM

I like things to work on my bench, to have a use and be attractive at the same time. I have exceptions when I use something to disguise something practical.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 30, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Maria I couldn’t agree more! Practical items that serve a purpose, but that are preferably still pretty 😉


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