51 items you need for a well-stocked kitchen

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Kitchens are notorious for collecting clutter.  It’s tricky though, because so many things in your kitchen are actually used on a daily basis so it can be a really difficult area to declutter.  Read on for the must have kitchen items for a well-stocked kitchen.  The list is still long, but hopefully this helps you find a few things that you can de-junk as well as a few things you might want to splurge a little on so they last for years to come. 

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Is it just me, or is the kitchen the absolute hardest place to keep clutter free? 

There are a lot of reasons for this!  First off, It tends to be the hub of the house…so in addition to the normal kitchen things counters collect school papers, odds and ends and trinkets that haven’t found their way home yet, keys, etc…

The kitchen is also the workhorse of the house!  Most of the other rooms aren’t being used all day every day (except maybe the bathroom…but even then the bathroom doesn’t require you to get things in and out and dirty over and over and over again.)

Usually when you declutter it can be really easy to sort through what you use and what you don’t.  …but in the kitchen that’s tricky.  What if you use it once a month? Once every few months? Once a year? Do you keep it?

…kitchens are also tricky because you may feel like it’s bursting at the seams, but you still don’t have everything you need for your kitchen to be functional.  So what do you need?  What don’t you need?  What things could you store something different? What things could you get rid of altogether?  What things should you splurge on so they last and last and what things can you grab for cheap? 

Well…in this episode we’re going to take a comprehensive look on what you actually need for a well-stocked kitchen, why you need it, and my favorite versions of the item so you can start to curate a kitchen you love that will stay as clutter free as possible. 

Let’s dive in! 

51 Items you need for a well-stocked kitchen




Slow Cooker

Stove and Oven



Immersion blender (optional)

Pots and Pans

Soup Pot

Stainless steel saucepans

non-stick pan

half sheet pans

Glass or ceramic casserole dish (9×9 and 9×13)


fine mesh strainer

Baking and Measuring

metal measuring cups and spoons

glass liquid measuring cups (2 and 4 cups)

Stacking mixing bowls with lids

oven mitts

silicon baking mats

muffin tins

bread pans

Round cake pans

Springform pan

Glass Pie tin

Rolling pin

Cooling racks (optional)

Kitchen scale (optional)


glass tupperware

plastic restaurant containers

Knives and Tools

box grater

vegetable peeler

chef’s knife

paring knife

bread knife

steak knives

microplane grater

can opener

quality cutting boards

kitchen shears

meat thermometer

pastry brush (optional)

ice cream scoop

Cups (metal)


Serving spoons (2)





Salad Plates

Dinner Plates


Optional items for a well-stocked kitchen

garlic press

lemon juicer

waffle maker

food processor

bench scraper

Items you don’t really need in your kitchen

Pasta maker

Ice cream maker


Air fryer

Instant pot

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