What’s in a Minimalist Kitchen?
If you simplify, no other space in your house, simplifying your kitchen will make the biggest impact and make you really enjoy your kitchen again. It’s, easy to keep clean. I do more cooking when it’s simplified.
So today i want to show you inside our minimalist kitchen and also talk through kind of some of the guidelines that i used to simplify it [ Music, ], well hi, i’m dawn from the minimal mom and i’m, really Excited to share our kitchen with you today, because simplifying this room in our house has made the biggest difference of any other room, and what i love is that, now that our kitchen is simplified, it’s, easy to keep clean.
I cook way more. We waste less food and, like many of you have noticed when the kitchen’s clean it’s easier to keep the rest of the house clean. So it’s been kind of magical to have it simplified. So today we’ll show you our kitchen talk through kind of the guiding principle that i used to simplify our kitchen and to keep it simplified now and then also answer some questions that come up frequently like where’s, your fruit And what do you do when you entertain, so we’ll share those too, but really when it comes to simplifying our kitchen, the mantra that’s always going through my head, is one or none.
I’m, always wondering. Could we get by with only one of an item or none at all, and so i want to show you some of the things that we have simplified it down to one and then the logic behind it, because sometimes it seems like that makes no sense right.
Okay, so let’s, go into like the utensil drawer, so one set of measuring spoons granted. These are double-sided, which is really nice when it comes to baking one set of measuring cups, one spatula one strainer, one cutting board one pair of tongs.
Now this is the one where i usually start to lose people. We only have three pots. We have a medium-sized saucepan with a strainer lid. We have one frying pan and one larger pot with a clear lid, and so one frying pan, and i know that this this seems counterintuitive, especially if you’re busy.
It seems like well, we need more dishes so that we have more available and we don’t have to wash them all the time right. But what i love about this is that it’s self-limiting. If someone uses the frying pan and then someone else wants to make something in a frying pan, they have to wash this.
So we don’t, get stacks and stacks of dishes. Next to the sink, and especially aren’t pots and pans the worst to wash if they don’t get washed right away, it’s, just they’re, the worst right, and so i love that next To our sink is never stacked up with dirty pots and pans anymore, especially if we’re busy, because we need our kitchen to feel like it’s, easy to maintain and that it’s not going to take forever To get it cleaned up if it seems a little bit messy, so similarly, we’ve applied that same principle to only having one place, setting per person in our household and again.
I know this feels backwards right, especially if we’re busy, because you think well, i’m gonna be doing dishes all the time right. If we only have one place setting and it’s, true, you do dishes more frequently, but again we avoid the stacks and stacks of dirty dishes.
Next to the sink or stuff that needs to go in the dishwasher, because it’s. Self-Limiting – and that is a beautiful thing, and it takes a little getting used to. I totally understand that, and you do have to do some training, then, with the people in your household that they are going to have to wash their own dishes right.
But once you get settled into it, i can’t believe how awesome it functions and i couldn’t. Imagine going back to any other way, so let’s also talk about things that we have simplified down to none or zero in our kitchen, and it really comes down to a lot of the gadgets and the small appliances.
And when i really started paying attention, i realized that these items generally were pretty singular in purpose that they didn’t. They weren’t very multifunctional, so i might have a tool that’s meant to chop things up or to slice things up really quickly.
However, i rarely used it because it took extra time to clean up where, if i just have a cutting board and a sharp knife, it works just as well. I love what joshua becker says. He says my grandma had a smaller kitchen with way less things in it and she was a much better cook than i was right.
And so, when you look at an actual chef’s kitchen or someone that does a lot of cooking and cooks. Well, they don’t, have all the gizmos and gadgets, they have quality items that serve multiple functions and so investing in a good knife.
Actually, i’ll link to my favorite knife set down below. It was very inexpensive, but it has been awesome. The chef’s knife, it is great and the paring knives in it are awesome. We’ve, had it for over five years now, so it was like it’s under 20.
On amazon, i’ll link to that down below anyway. We don’t have to even spend a lot of money on these things, but if we really start paying attention to the things in our kitchen, why aren’t we using it? Is it too much work to clean up? Is it too singular in purpose, and so what’s going to change that’s, going to cause you to start using those things again? Usually not much, but, of course, when it comes to the kitchen, one of the best things we can do is use a quarantine bin and just put those things into it, see if we miss them all.
I actually asked diana so in a video with diana where we simplified her kitchen. We created a quarantine bin for her and, i said, have you missed any of those items in that bin and she said? Oh, my goodness, i totally forgot.
It was in the basement. Right and so it’s, always amazing how once it’s gone it’s out of sight. We don’t miss it at all, but it can be a good safe way to see if you actually need those things in your kitchen, especially if there’s, other members of your household, that, like them or think they need them And, of course, in our minimalist kitchen, we also keep the counters clear, except for the coffee pot.
I’ve decided. I don’t want to have to put the coffee pot away every day, um, but even things like the toaster that we use almost daily it’s, tucked away in a cabinet, our blender, my stand. Mixer, all of those things have homes inside a cabinet, so i can just pull it out when i need it, it seems inconvenient, i know, but once you get used to it, i love the peace of mind that comes with having our counters cleared the kitchen.
Just it feels better, it feels so much nicer, and i realized that when i was finding cupboard space to put the things that would have normally sat out uh that there was stuff that i could easily make room in the cupboards when i got rid of the Other stuff in the cupboards that we weren’t using so even our kitchen is fairly small.
We still have plenty of room to tuck away everything that we use on a regular basis so that it doesn & # 39. T have to be sitting out on the counters and then, when it comes to things like how many linens do we keep, i try to disrespect the boundaries of our kitchen, so i’ve assigned one drawer here to kitchen towels and washcloths.
I just want when all the laundry is done for them all to be able to fit in there. So we end up with like seven washcloths and i don’t, know five or six hand towels and it’s great, because i try to just wash them every day.
At the end of the night, i’ll, throw them into the laundry, but i know if that drawer doesn’t close, and then we have too many. So i demote a couple. I get rid of the ones that are in the worst shape and that’s it so it’s, nice to just put these parameters in place, and then it doesn’t require much thought at all to maintain it, But one of the best changes we have made in our kitchen is the amount of food inventory that we keep on hand.
And so i have definitely found that when i have too much food inventory in my cabinets or in the fridge that we waste food, especially in the fridge. I did a video about organizing the fridge, which has worked awesome, but also a big piece of that is keeping the inventory down of the fresh food that we keep in there.
It does mean that we go to the grocery store on a weekly basis, but that’s been the only way i found that we don’t waste a lot of food and that i can stay on top of it even with Having a fairly busy schedule and the same with our pantry items, when the cupboards get stacked too deep, i don’t use the stuff in there.
It’s, stressful for me to meal plan and to think of things for dinner. However, when we have it simplified, i find that meal planning is a breeze. It’s, easy to look in the cabinets and to know what we have and to know what i can make for supper tonight, and so again it just comes back to this idea of inventory when we have too much food too much in our Cabinets too much in our fridges, we simply can’t, remember everything that’s in there, and so it causes food to go bad and it makes it harder to meal plan.
But once it’s, simplified meal plan planning is a breeze. I’ll link to my other video on meal planning and how we’ve, simplified that and we hardly ever waste food anymore, which has been so awesome. But what about fruit right? The question always comes up.
Where do you keep your fruit? So we keep the fruit in the pantry cabinet. I know you’re not supposed to keep like bananas with other. I don’t know they usually get eaten pretty quickly. In the past we had the iconic fruit bowl in the middle of the island and it didn’t, get eaten any more than when it’s in a cabinet.
We become blind to it right anything’s sitting out over time. We don & # 39, t, see it anymore, but what’s? Nice is now that if we actually do have some fruit that needs to get eaten up. If i put it out on the counter it’s, it is actually a signal like.
Oh no, actually, this fruit really does need to get eaten up. So i & # 39. Ve definitely found that keeping it behind a cabinet door. It’s just as likely to get eaten as when it was out on the counter.
But what about when you’re entertaining right? If you only have one place, setting per person, you can’t entertain guests. That’s, a great question, and so we have a bin of melmac dishes that we keep in the basement, and so, if we’re having extra guests over, we just grab that bin from downstairs and we use those dishes.
Alternatively, we could use paper. I like having real dishes: the melmac’s, nice because they’re light and easy to clean. So that has worked out really well for us, but – and there has been a few times where tom has pulled it out when i & # 39, ve been out of town, and so, if he’s, the one doing the dishes he can have Them, however, he wants, but most often they get put back away after we’re done entertaining, but overall, i feel very confidently that if you do take the time to simplify your kitchen, we have more videos on that too, that you are going to Be so happy that you did that you will notice too, that it’s easier to keep clean that your family likes it.
I i say this all the time, but tom & # 39. S often said that when the kitchen’s clean, it feels like life is under control, and i think a lot of us can relate to that. Oh, i also didn’t talk about the paper clutter that tends to find its way into kitchens, for whatever reason i don’t, let any paper clutter into the kitchen.
Now we have other spaces that that gets directed to immediately once it comes in the house and that’s really made a big difference in how our kitchen feels and functions it’s. So much easier like we always had that pile.
Like at the end of the counter right of the paper stuff – oh my goodness, so it is not allowed in the kitchen anymore. But i do think that you & # 39. Ll. Find too, that if you take the time to clear off your counters and to simplify all of the utensils and dishes and gadgets that your kitchen will be really easy to keep clean too? It’ll, be easier to involve family members in keeping it clean, and you’ll, probably cook more too.
So i’d love to know what’s been your experience with simplifying your kitchen. What things hang you up? Are there things you’ve spent money on and they’re, especially hard to part with. I totally get that let us know down below, but thank you so much for watching.
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