Perhaps more than any other space in our home, the kitchen has seen the greatest ebb and flow of stuff as we figure out exactly what we need to cook often and host friends. We want to keep our possessions as low as possible, while still functioning well and not making cooking and baking difficult for ourselves.
We bake 2-3 times a week and prepare almost every meal at home. We host friends a few times a month which does sometimes exceed 6 people. If so, we dip into our camping gear for metal plates or we utilize our landlords dishes if we’re hosting with them. For a while I wished for those magazine pictures of matching place settings and gorgeous tablescapes, but that isn’t our reality right now. We have little kids underfoot. We’re often outside or gathering in the living room to watch a football game. Being together with good food and drinks is the priority and our kitchen supports that.
Our current kitchen inventory looks something like this. Which is to say, not quite minimalist. Certainly, we could reduce more, we already know what we’d cut immediately to live nomadically, but right now this kitchen serves us well.
*I forgot to add the pour over to make coffee and the bottle opener for beer and wine. Where are my priorities?
Some will look at this and see too little, and some will see too much. For those who have more and want to pare back, these were some of the biggest points in our kitchen downsize.
1) appliances – they take up a lot of space and often only serve one function. What do you have that isn’t being used, or whose purpose also exists in another piece of equipment? I bake a fair bit and dropped a stand mixer and hand mixer in favour of a wooden spoon. We put our microwave in storage for several months and while we missed it once, the oven was just fine for heating things up.
2) multiple size dishes – do we really need lunch plates and dinner plates? Pasta bowls and cereal bowls? Dozen of different style drinking glasses? (We still have more glasses than I like, but we have improved a lot.) Even with the same overall number of items, the storage and function of the kitchen is improved if we eliminate multiple sizes.
3) things we hate cleaning – I joke that laziness has largely driven our minimalist journey, but truly if I dread using something because cleaning it is such a pain it isn’t worth the space in my house. This is where a few appliances lost their place as well as really delicate dishes. I need my stuff to work hard and keep my life easy!
I’d love to hear about your kitchen essentials or where you’re at in your journey to own less!