Is there ever a day that you don’t pass through the kitchen while at home? Of course not! It’s often the hub of activity in our home. This is why we all benefit from keeping a minimalist kitchen. Children hang around in the hopes of spying snacks, Dad rinses the dinner dishes, and Mom sometimes feels she spends more hours on her feet in the kitchen than anywhere else. Here are some discoveries I’ve made to aid with ushering minimalism into what can be my most cluttered area of the home.
- In my opinion, counters and tabletops are best when clutter-free and ready for use at any time in a minimalist kitchen. I know, I know…ANY empty tabletop in a home is a bold invitation to sit objects down on it. The game is to keep them as clear as possible. This can be as easy as going through every evening to remove items and put them in their proper homes so you’re rebooted for when you wake up in the morning. I don’t know about you, but my heart drops when I leave my home in the morning and see an untidy home all around me – not the best way to begin a day.
- To let you know that my home isn’t totally sparse, my kitchen counter has our espresso maker and milk frother as well as a few coffee mugs in plain sight in one corner. The rest of the counter is open space which is used while I’m cooking and occupied by my slow cooker or blender a few days a week, but otherwise remains clear. The benefit? Clear and free countertops make for very easy cleaning.
- Simple food! A minimalist kitchen doesn’t only have to involve its tools but can include the food prepared there. No doubt you’ve noticed that the fewer ingredients a dish has, the healthier it can often be. The benefit to keeping this rule in mind is that using fewer ingredients saves you time and money, too! As I write, I’ve just placed a whole chicken in our crock pot with seasoning on it. It’ll cook all day, providing dinner tonight and broth and meat for tomorrow’s soup. After a few days of cutting out fast or processed foods when possible, we begin to crave food that tastes real.
- Owning fewer dishes, utensils, and electronics mean dishes are less likely to pile up in the sink in a minimalist kitchen. Having fewer pots and pans available holds me accountable for washing things after I use them so they’re ready for the next use. I have a large stock pot, two pans, a skillet, and a sauce pan. We also use a blender, hand mixer, crock pot, and griddle on occasion.
- There’s a difference between having a fully stocked pantry and an overloaded pantry in your minimalist kitchen. One gives you the freedom to create meals, the other confuses you and makes you want to shut the door and order take out when you open it. Make a goal of thinning out the random items in the pantry over the next two weeks and you’ll enjoy preparing meals more.
Which items would be “must haves” in your minimalist kitchen?