The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, so it is tempting to think that it needs to be full of stuff in order to be useful. However, this isn’t the case at all. Often, an overly-full kitchen can be counter-productive, as it causes things to go missing or get knocked over in all the mess caused by not having enough room to store things properly. The answer? More and more of us are turning to minimalism in our daily lives in a bid to simplify what has become a complicated world. The kitchen is a great place to embrace the idea of ‘less is more’. Whether you are working with a brand new model or a used kitchen, there is much you can do during its design and installation process to cut down on the clutter and enjoy more free space.
Gut those gadgets
Obviously, no-one’s kitchen is identical to another person’s, and we all use the room in many different ways. However, gadgets that could be sold or donated include such items as juicing machines, bread makers, milk frothers and doughnut pans. If we’re honest, how many times do these kinds of gadgets actually get used? In almost every case, there are other ways to create the foodstuff they were bought to produce.
Useless utensils and pointless plates
The quest for minimalism can go even further. Look around your kitchen for bulky items that could be removed with hardly any impact. Knife blocks are largely unnecessary, provided that you have got a safe drawer or storage place for your knives. Vintage crockery and expensive dinner services that you are too scared to use in daily life in case the break could earn you money via an online auction site, or serve as pretty ornaments in another room.
Are you guilty of owning far too many mugs, cups, plates and cutlery that you keep expressly for when you have visitors? Take some time to think honestly about how many times you actually entertain in your home and how much of your extra stuff you actually use in one go. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of some of your additional items. Just keep your favourite pieces to add some extra joy when your visitors sit down to use them. Bin anything chipped or cracked during this process too.
Other ways to cut down
Take stock of your recipe books. How many actually get used on a regular basis? Also, look at your white goods. Do you really need such a large fridge, or all those pots and pans? Go through your linen, including tablecloths and tea towels, and cull anything that looks ragged, dirty or torn. Finally, attack your larder and get rid of anything out of date or that you know you will never use. Food banks will accept produce that is still in date and you can make room on your shelves for ingredients that you will actively enjoy cooking and eating.