A Look into My Minimalist Kitchen
A minimalist kitchen has always sounded like an out of reach goal for me. We collect cups, mugs, water bottles, and thermos like no one’s business. We have drawers full of all the extra serving utensils Martha Stewart would need for hosting a brunch. I have bakeware and serving dishes from 2008 that I have yet to use. The only time any of these things get touched, is when we move.
I get stressed even being in my kitchen because I have to move piles in the cabinets to get to what I need. Opening the cup cabinets (yes multiple cup cabinets) hoping a Tervis cup doesn’t fall on my head, and there are always mountains of mail covering the bar and island. Needless to say, I finally reached my breaking point and decided I had to fix it.
Why do we feel the need to buy all of these cool looking gadgets we never use?
I’ve been on a minimalist path for about three years. I’m still maneuvering through it and learning what works best for me and my family. Our kitchen has always been a problem area. Bed Bath & Beyond is both a comfort and a trap, with all the cool gadgets and cute colored cookware. Even though I have more than enough wooden spoons, I see the brightly colored ones and think “How cute! I have to buy some!” Months down the road I don’t understand why my drawers won’t close and how I ended up with 15 wooden spoons.
Every time I purge I’m astonished at how much stuff I have collected. About a year and a half ago I did a sweep through our kitchen and got rid of quite a few things. I felt good about the progress but since then we have somehow collected more and I’ve realized there are still things that I don’t need or use.
I’ve FINALLY come to a point that when I purge I’m ruthless. We are going to be remodeling our kitchen in the future (stay tuned for pics and a post about it!) so I wanted to make sure only the bare necessities have a home in my cabinets and drawers. My end goal was to have an empty drawer and possibly even an empty cabinet.
Tackling the decluttering process head on.
The job took two days of purging, two trash bags, and a big box to complete. I’m not going to lie, it was definitely a process. I have found that the best way for me to tackle a big decluttering project is to take everything out. I mean EVERYTHING. Don’t leave any item unturned. The piles can be scary and intimidating but don’t worry, you can do this! One step at a time and one item at a time.
I’ve gotten to a point where I can decide fairly quickly what to keep, donate, and what to toss. Try not to spend loads of time on each item. If it hasn’t been used in the past 6 months to a year, it’s probably not worth taking up space in the kitchen. Most of my time as a mom is spent in the kitchen making snacks and meals for my littles. When I have a hangry child on my hands I don’t want to be wasting time rummaging through the endless pit of gadgets to get to what I need. I think we can all agree the more space we have the better!
The best products for organizing the kitchen.
Luckily most of my drawers and cabinets already have built in organization. Still, there were a few areas that I needed help keeping organized. I’ve found the products below to be immensely useful in the drawers and cabinets that didn’t already have the built in organization. Now everything has it’s designated place and I don’t have to worry about mass chaos in my drawers.
There are still a couple of items I have continued debating whether to keep or not. One being my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I’ve had it since 2008 and while I used it several times a week in the past, I have only used it once, maybe twice, in the past year and a half. I might even check with my sweet sister to see if she would like to have it, since she bakes and cooks almost everything from scratch for her family of 6! The other few items I have been debating on, I’ve made a conscious effort to observe if I use them on a consistent basis or not. So far I haven’t so I will be letting go of them, even though it’s a bit hard. There is just something about kitchen gadgets and tools that gets me every time!
In the end didn’t quite manage my goal, but one of my corner cabinets is empty except for my blender. I have two empty shelves in my upper cabinets and one drawer that is empty, except for two hot pads. After all is said and done, I feel good about my progress and what I have decided to let go of. Although it sounds cheesy, every time I purge I feel like a weight is lifted. I can breathe, and enjoy more rather than having a constant mess to worry about!
If you’re looking to eliminate the excess in your home, I hope this helps you out along the way! If you have any tips or questions we would love to hear them. 🙂
UPDATE: I’m proud to say it’s been over a month and although a bill or two might stay on the island for 2 or 3 days, I have managed to keep it clutter free! I’m really proud of myself for the progress I have made and continue to make when it comes to living a minimal lifestyle. It does take work but the benefits have been amazing for myself, my husband, and our children.