30 Days To A Clean & Organized Kitchen

30 Days To A Clean & Organized Kitchen


When I teach people to declutter their home, I always recommend they start in the kitchen.

The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. We go there at least twice a day. And if you have kids, admit it, they’re in there all the time! In the fridge… In the food cabinet… Wanting to cook with you… Or just standing there (talking incessantly) while they watch you work… It’s the heart of the home.

If your kitchen counters are clear and your sink is empty, the kitchen becomes an inviting place to be; the thought of preparing food is no longer daunting.

It will also be easier to keep up with a routine for efficient daily maintenance. Last but not least, when your kitchen is in order it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Once you get your kitchen pared down to just what you need, it will feel so good and you will have the motivation to do the same thing in your entire home.

The first step to take before you can really let go of the majority of the clutter, you need to come face-to-face with your fantasy self:

Many times we collect things and own things because we have a life we want to portray. I call it a fantasy life. For example: Someone may not be good at cooking, entertaining or decorating, but at the same time that person really wants to be like Martha Stewart. So they have fancy dinner party décor… even though they never host a dinner party. Their cupboards contain a variety of tart pans and a full cake decorating kit… but it never gets used. Their fantasy life and real life don’t line up. Let’s be real, accept who we are, what our talents are and let go of the fantasy life we think we’re supposed to have.

Different people have different talents, which makes our world a wonderful place. Embrace yours and let go of the desire to be someone different than you are. Doing so will help you release all the items that you felt you should have, but don’t actually compliment who you are.

Setting yourself up for successful decluttering can be easy. One small focused action every day creates a ripple effect, which will eventually lead to a complete change in you entire home. From clutter on all the counters to open clear surfaces in every room. It is possible, and you can accomplish it!

Which is why I recently published a full kitchen workbook on Amazon: 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen. Inside 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen I walk you through shifting your mindset, changing the little voice inside your head, understanding how the past has affected your home, setting up goals and finding motivation to see you through the 30 days of action.

Each day, you only need to focus on one area.

The idea isn’t just to take a weekend and knock all the tasks out so you have a gleaming beautiful kitchen. It’s building a rhythm of routines and decluttering, which is what is going to carry you through your entire home. Taking it slow and steady, implementing morning and evening routines (fully outlined with checklists) is what is going to bring you decluttering success.

Aside from taking time to sort through the mental barriers that tend to hold us back when decluttering, 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen will walk you through decluttering each area of your kitchen in easy daily tasks:

Day 1: Trash
Day 2: Dishes
Day 3: Papers
Day 4: Kitchen Sink
Day 5: Windows
Day 6: Counters
Day 7: Junk Drawer
Day 8: Under the Sink
Day 9: Pots & Pans
Day 10: Baking Sheets/Oven Cookware
Day 11: Food Storage Containers
Day 12: Dishes & Silverware
Day 13: Kitchen Floor
Day 14: Spices
Day 15: Large Kitchen Equipment
Day 16: Pantry
Day 17: Mixing & Measuring Tools
Day 18: Linens
Day 19: Gadgets & Utensils
Day 20: Serving Dishes
Day 21: Cleaning Supplies
Day 22: Kitchen Décor
Day 23: Drinking Glasses
Day 24: Coffee Mugs & Tea Cups
Day 25: Good China
Day 26: Cookbooks
Day 27: Fridge
Day 28: Freezer
Day 29: Cabinets & Cupboards
Day 30: Table Décor

Grab this workbook from Amazon or if you would prefer a PDF that you can print, click here.




About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.


  1. Angela on 06/22/2016 at 5:55 PM

    Hi there. I have been tuning into the Periscopes and am so excited about this work. I want to tell my friends and I am wondering if you are going to save your recordings to YouTube or somewhere so that people can catch up if they are behind?

    Thank you again for all that you do!!

    • Rachel on 06/23/2016 at 1:12 PM

      Hi Angela! Thanks for joining me on it! This is my experiment to see how Periscope works, if it’s something my readers benefit from, etc. I’m not saving the recordings, but do hope to do these type of challenges throughout the year. 🙂

      • Julie on 06/26/2016 at 7:01 PM

        I’m not familiar with periscope, but I’m figuring it out. I was wondering about recordings too. I missed the one on “trash” and it seems to only allow me to view the recording for each indiv. day on that day. I would love to know the basic idea(s) from that session. I’m guessing it’s to keep my trash in the can and emptied regularly? 🙂 Thanks!

        • Rachel on 06/27/2016 at 4:05 PM

          I’m figuring it out with you. 🙂 The recordings are set to auto delete after 24 hours, I normally am on during nap time – early afternoon for me (Mountain Time). Basically, the task is to quickly go over the kitchen tossing anything that is “trash”: empty boxes, food scraps, receipts, coupons, etc.

  2. Zoë on 06/26/2016 at 10:47 AM

    I have been decluttering my home for about 18 months now. The family are beginning to take the new levels of tidiness as normal 🙂
    I’m not keen on doing the dishes because it seemed never-ending. But I see a result faster now so am more inspired to keep everything clean

    • Rachel on 06/27/2016 at 4:01 PM

      Results are wonderful!! Good Job Zoë!

  3. Angela on 06/28/2016 at 9:17 PM

    Just saw today’s ‘Scope and am wondering if you could share the contact information for your friend who has the special cloths? I would love to get some of those! I really don’t like to use chemicals and so my windows are filthy! Thank you again for this project, I am so grateful to have found you and so thankful for your generosity in sharing your wisdom. I’ve been struggling to get rid of more things because many of our things are new/newish or nice or useful (many came from friends/family)–and that makes it tough–it feels so wasteful. But I don’t want to have so much *STUFF* in my home!!!

  4. Catherine on 07/01/2016 at 8:35 AM

    Hey been watching all the videos just haven’t quite got started however mother in law came for tea so my kitchen got a bit of a tidy up today as much as i could. I was brutal with the papers etc that were lying around and I’m looking forward to tackling my junk drawer it’s about 2x the width of yours and 3 times as deep. Everything gets dumped in there or next to it on top of the dishwasher. It feels great tucking up into bed with all the dishes done. Im determined now to make sure I do it as morning & night now to keep it that way. It was definitely easier to do it straight after tea so when I did crash on club later I didnt have that guilty feeling “oh man I’ve still gotta….” thanks so much Rachael.

    • Rachel on 07/02/2016 at 3:55 PM

      Great job Catherine! I’m glad your getting things done. 🙂

  5. Angela on 07/05/2016 at 10:06 PM

    Just wondering if you could share where you found your flatware organizer? I really like how it is laid out!

    • Rachel on 07/06/2016 at 12:05 PM

      I don’t remember for sure, but I think it was Cost Plus World Market.

  6. Brenna on 07/11/2016 at 8:00 PM

    Thank you for your daily Periscope challenges! I love your book (purchased on Amazon)!! Please publish your other books! 🙂
    I am finally making major progress in my kitchen!!! I have been meaning to declutter for years, but too overwhelmed with where to start. I hope you do more challenges!!
    Also, so happy to find another Norwex user. I fell in love with how easy it is to clean with them, that I recently signed up to sell them ! :). Thanks again for taking the time to do this!

    • Rachel on 07/12/2016 at 1:06 PM

      Thanks Brenna!! I’m so excited for you to be making so much progress! That is awesome!!

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