Minimalism: The Kitchen

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Oh dear, the kitchen. What a place for hoarding hundreds of unwanted items. I used to think that if there was an empty cupboard it should be filled and I had a cutlery draw that wouldn’t close.

Thankfully I said goodbye to the Hawaiian pitcher that I hadn’t used since my 21st birthday, some egg poachers which haven’t seen an egg since I’ve been vegan and the third, fourth and fifth mixing spoons.

After the first initial clear out I got rid of many duplicates: mugs, mixing bowls, plates. I have no idea how or why I had accrued so much kitchen stuff!

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You Complete Me Kitchen

Now I’m left with only things I use and love. I threw away old/stained tea towels and some broken cutlery and retained with this little lot.

  • 5 tea towels/cleaning cloths
  • 4 mugs
  • 4 glasses
  • 1 wine glass
  • 4 knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons
  • 4 sharp knives (for bread, veg etc)
  • Utensils: spatula, mixing spoon, ladle and small mixing thing!
  • Bottle opener, hand whisk and can opener
  • 1 frying pan
  • 3 saucepans
  • 2 baking trays
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 colander
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Tupperware for freezing meals

I’ve now got at least three empty cupboards with no intention of filling them back up. If you’re have a completely cluttered kitchen and need a clear out, here are my top tips!

  1. Throw away anything that’s broken, incomplete or stained.
  2. Give away any duplicates you have. Here is where you need to work out how many of each item you actually NEED. I got rid of least half of the mugs and bowls!
  3. Give away anything you haven’t used in 6 months. Pitchers, serving trays, potato mashers etc usually fall into this category.
  4. Organise what’s left so it’s easy to view and access.

I tried to keep the work surfaces clear as well however, I still have a kettle, toaster, espresso machine and Nutribullet on display as I use them every day.
That’s okay though aye.

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Cleaning Products

I know I’ve shared my cleaning products before but hey, I do enjoy a list. At this point in time this is all that’s in my cleaning cupboard:

  • white vinegar- mix it with water and it cleans pretty much EVERYTHING
  • baking soda- mix it with water and it cleans stuff that’s too grimy for the vinegar
  • washing up liquid- for washing up… doh
  • sponges- see above
  • lavender essential oil- it smells pretty and repels moths

I’ve recently banished bin bags! I hated the thought of all that plastic going to landfill so I have a little plastic bin which I got ages ago from IKEA; I just whap all my rubbish in there and empty it daily into the big outside bin. I give it a wipe around with vinegar to keep it fresh and sprinkle baking soda in the big outside bin to stop any bad smells. BOOM.

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