Minimalist Planning: Kitchen

We’re currently sans kitchen. There is no kitchen up in here. We have no kitchen. Kitchen-less.

We ripped it out over the weekend just past, we won’t have our new one installed until the weekend after this one coming.

We’ll be without da kitch for 14 days in all.

Everything has been removed and packed into boxes or moved into our under the stairs storage – lucky I went crazy with the decluttering or I don’t know where we would have found the space for it all.

With the new kitchen, I designed it with minimalism in mind. We’re going to be having less cupboards people. Far less storage capacity.

But you know what? There will still be enough. There will still be shed loads of space. We just have to think smart and get rid of duplicates and non-essentials.

For one my baking equipment is going, I bake at most once a year and I do not enjoy it. I enjoy the end product but I fail miserably every time I attempt to home bake myself. So for the space the kit and the stockpile of ingredients takes up.. Two shelves in our old kitchen… I’ll be getting rid.

We’ve also got a few duplicate appliances, blenders, dicers etc. And duplicate utensils that need to go.

Family have gotten into the habit of buying us mugs. I hate it. They are all mismatched and different sizes and it makes me antsy. I need to curb this behaviour. Nicely.

Glassware as well. I have an uncle that brings his own glass to family events. And then leaves it here for next time. Nuh uh Mr.

Take your sh*t home please.

Food waste is a big watch out for me. We waste too much. It’s hurting our bank balance and our health. But it also feels like a massive kick in the teeth for those who go without. Major guilt trips every time I waste. Why make myself feel so bad? Just meal plan, buy what we need and avoid all those special offers, 2 for £3, buy 1 get one free. Please, consider whether you actually need it first. I’d rather lose out on a saving that have such a lax attitude to life giving sustenance.

Dinnerware, J bought plates that don’t fit in the microwave, plus they wobble when placed on a flat surface. *Face Palm*. I hate to say it but I’m doing a full replace. Clearing out all our mismatched dinnerware and investing in quality, long lasting and well made items.

Same with cutlery, we have so much cutlery. The drawers are overflowing. We’ll buy new teaspoons and J will insist on holding onto the ones we already had as well. I need to put my foot down.

I’m a firm believer in having less stuff, which means more frequent washing, but lower quantities of washing. And amen to that. I’d much rather clean for 5 minutes twice daily then 1 hour twice weekly.

Then there’s decor, I’ve invested in counter uplifts and I’m going tile free. Just white walls and our uplift, maybe a backsplash or tiled column behind the hob. But otherwise bare.

Did I also mention we only have three wall cupboards on only one wall? Leaving our other wall to embrace the window, the other wall clear with just the extractor to add interest, and the other wall.. well we knocked that down.

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12 Less Things

Following the initial flurry of decluttering activity the process of simplifying has become more gradual, slower and more considered.

The things that remain survived the first few waves of frenzy so they often take more thought. But I’m pleased to say that decluttering is now a part of my everyday, items are assessed and their worth is given a valuation as I get on with my daily life.

Natural decluttering feels much more peaceful that the rounds of decluttering that kick started my journey, and I truly enjoy it.

Since my last decluttering update, we’ve now removed a further 12 things from our lives, as follows.

2 spare pillows – the number of pillows in our house far outnumbered the amount needed for the two double beds we have.

1 set of eyelash curlers – Christmas left me with duplicates here.

2 pairs of shoes – 1 pair that I never wear and another that pained me to relinquish but their state of disrepair was finally too much.

2 blouses – 1 recent impulse buy that I didn’t like wearing and 1 white blouse that has finally lost it’s glorious bright whiteness despite all my best efforts.

1 pair of underwear – I’m sure this stuff breeds.

1 skirt – another recent impulse buy of poor quality which had already frayed and ripped along the bottom seam.

1 scarf – a Christmas gift.

2 hats – more Christmas gifts, one from this year and one from last year.

As with everything I decluttered each item is either gifted to someone else, donated or recycled or in the case of items that can’t fit any of those categories it gets thrown away – but I would urge anyone embarking on a declutter mission to avoid landfill wherever you can!

Ultimately as I continue with mindful decluttering I am become more conscious to not be restricted because an item is a gift or sentimental, items don’t hold memories, we do. Plus the person that gifted you an item wouldn’t want it to be a burden, so let it go rather than hold onto something that makes you unhappy.