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 they 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.
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. Every time I purge I’m astonished at how much stuff we have collected. About a year and a half ago I did a sweep through our kitchen and got rid of a lot things. I felt good about the progress but since then we have somehow collected more and I’ve realized there are still things I own 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 soon (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.
This job took two days of purging, two trash bags, and a big box to complete. I 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 what I have kept and what I have 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!
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 in the past year or year and a half. I might even check with my dearest Farm Sis 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 used them 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!
I de-cluttered my kitchen a while back and waited to post about it because I wanted to make sure it stayed clutter free. I’m proud to say it’s been a month and although a bill or two might stay on the island for 2 or 3 days, I have managed to keep it clean and 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.
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. 🙂