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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Choose Less.

Guys.

I had a bit of an epiphany. Wow I couldn’t spell that word then. Anyhow. Epiphany.

I’ve hit a brick wall lately with my warbrobe. I’ve reduced so much but I still feel like I have a lot of stuff. And each time I open my drawers or my wardrobe I have an internal discussion over whether there’s anything in there that can go, now do these thoughts sound familiar…

‘I’ve not worn that in ages, but I will wear it in summer’

‘I’ve not worn those in a while, but I know I have tops that work with it so it’s still useful’

‘I’ve got lots of trousers here, but it’ll help me mix up my work wardrobe over summer’

‘I don’t really have shoes that go with these… Sure you do, just wait until you want to wear them and then we’ll find the shoes’

And on and on we go. The excuses just pour.

But back to my epiphany. Today I had a little moment where I thought – Hold on a minute, I can simply choose less. I can make the conscious decision that yes they might be useful, and yes they might match other items, and yes I might have worn them in past seasons, and yes I might wear them again. But, (epiphany moment) I can choose not to. I can choose to have less choice.

Phew.

Simple stuff right? But whilst those pale pink trousers do work well in summer and do match up with a couple of summer blouses, I can choose to not have them. I can choose to match those blouses with a pair of trousers that work for me year round instead.  I can take away that option and reduce the clutter in my wardrobe and the clutter in my mind through having to make all these wardrobe choices by doing so.

I can decide that my wardrobe doesn’t have 6 different coloured pairs of trousers because I have chosen not to wear pink trousers anymore. I’m happy with my black, navy and beige pairs, they go with more things, I wear them year round. They are more valuable than the once a month summer trousers, that are probably a bit tight and probably a bit too pale pink for my skin tone.

Yes, they are useful. Yes, I would probably wear them again if I kept them.

But I choose not to.

I choose less.