Help, My Spark is losing Joy! It’s time to Declutter the Kitchen

I am a big fan of Marie Kondo and the Konmari method of organizing.  I have to be honest though, I am only halfway there when it comes to my whole house declutter.

I did great through the clothing portion, with the help of Jennifer Scott (The Daily Connoisseur) and her Ten Item Wardrobe and Madame Chic books.  I’ll share my current 20 item wardrobe (not down to 10 yet) in upcoming posts.

Next, I moved on to books.  That was a huge hurdle in my house, as I am a librarian and we (hubby and kids) are all avid readers. But I followed the rule of bringing every book together, considering each and only keeping those that “spark joy”.  I think you would be impressed as I purged a lot.  I have a Little Free Library in my yard, so many titles rotated into that.

That’s when I got a little off track, but in a good way. With the help of my brilliant and creative friend Emily of @yourhome-girl I took out my massive dining room furniture (that was way to bulky for the space) and did an update that makes me smile every time I walk past.

The Next step was CD’s and DVD’s.  we don’t have a large DVD selection but lots of CD’s (the music of my past-think Rod Stewart and The Big Chill) and it just overwhelmed me.  I tried to move on from there but I struggled.

Now, I did continue to declutter closets here and there but got behind as I wasn’t staying true to the original system.  A few weeks ago you might say I was at Def-Com (insert large number here), as this was one of my kitchen cabinets.  I only feel comfortable showing you this picture because we are friends and I feel safe.  No need to look closely.  It is as bad as you think.


So, being so close to a new year, I vowed to do better!  I decided to go off script a little and dive in to the kitchen declutter.  It is truly the heart of our house and I couldn’t go another day with it in such disarray.

My process was one of “direction” rather than item analysis.  I merely started at the most horrendous cabinet and worked my way over and down.  Many people who live in a truly minimal home have completely clear counter tops.  I prefer areas that serve different functions and like to design vignettes that support and “beautify” those areas. This is my baking area.

That horrendous cabinet that I chose to start with houses items used for packing lunches and preparing breakfasts. The first thing I did was throw out, donate and recycle all unused items (how do we accumulate these so quickly?)  Next I gathered all the tools and items needed for these purposes to this corner of the kitchen.

  • bowls
  • small plates
  • mugs
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • cereals
  • dried and fresh fruit
  • water bottles and lunch boxes
  • paper sandwich wraps
  • syrup, honey and butter

I did a couple of transitions, putting items into prettier or more efficient containers. As soon as we purchase cereal, we transfer it to glass jars, recycle the boxes and store any excess in the red tin.

Next, considered what I had on hand to store items.  I decided to reuse as much as possible, rather than purchasing new storage solutions.


My tea and cocoa were a mess so I reorganized, using some of my favorite little Pyrex containers and mason jars.



Here is the completed corner.  It includes the upper corner cabinet which contains mostly lunch preparation items. Under that cabinet is a lazy Susan with cereals, syrup, honey and my favorite bowls.  the large red tin.  Our mini Shulux coffee maker is next to a tin containing compostable coffee pods.  The toaster is actually up in the cabinet as we don’t use it as often.  I love that everything is located to help make morning routines more efficient.



In an upcoming post, I’ll share the rest of my decluttering efforts, including my pantry. I hope this inspires you to consider whatever minimizing efforts appeal to you.  I actually feel a sense of relief that at least one routine is simplified.  Now that sparks joy!