One of the first things that I did upon moving into my Chicago loft from South Florida, was I gave a long hard look at what it was I really needed – and discarded the rest. Aside from a few (3, to be exact) key furniture pieces that were either heirlooms, a gift from my parents or had sentimental value, everything else fell by the wayside and I only bought it once I was in my apartment and was sure it was a necessary purchase.
As far as the kitchen? I didn’t bring a single thing with me. Not one thing.
The kitchen has always been a place of clutter for me – I’ve always felt like I needed x, y and z, and maybe 4 more of z, and when it came time to clean or find something I actually did need, it was lost in a sea of crap.
So with my new place, I made a list of the necessary kitchen gadgets. You may be surprised at just how little we actually need on a daily basis. (you can download your FREE minimalist kitchen checklist right here)
I’m telling you, since going off of this list, I’ve have yet to buy anything else other than a coffee grinder (which was recent), since I was gifted some really amazing beans that I want to try. (oh, and some wine glasses because I broke two of them!) My kitchen is effortless to get around, I haven’t had to organize or rearrange anything since I moved in 6 months ago.
So what’s the challenge?
Go through your kitchen using this checklist and pull out everything you own. If it isn’t on the list, set it aside. ONLY put away the things that are on the above list. If you don’t own it, make a check mark next to it.
Now, before you even think about putting away the access kitchen items, take a long hard look. Do you really need them? How often do you use it? If it’s more than once a week, keep it. If it’s less, donate it. If for some crazy reason, you end up really needing one months down the road for a random dinner party you’re throwing (even though maybe you don’t really throw dinner parties), you can always go pick up another one for cheap (think the Dollar Store or even Amazon can have great deals for kitchen basics)
Release yourself of yet another room to organize and sift through, and never be at war with your kitchen again. Instead, use it for what it’s meant for – great food and even better conversation.