K is for Kitchen Cabinets
If you're trying to get a head start on feeling accomplished as a minimalist, the kitchen is a great starting point.
Most people have duplicates of everything. For no other reason than they have the duplicate. Or two or three...
Go through your kitchen cabinets and drawers, and count like items.
- flatware, cutlery, and utensil sets
- serving bowls
- cocktail glasses
- water bottles
- measuring cups & spoons
- Tupperware or other food storage containers
- baking sheets
- pot holders
- pots & pans
- cutting boards
- various baking accoutrements
Now determine if you realistically need that many of that item.
When My Person and I merged households, we each had multiple spatulas and cooking spoons. We chose the two nicest silicone spoons and spatulas to keep. I also kept a set of six bamboo cooking utensils. Our thinking was that if one item was in the dishwasher, we still had another to use. And with two people we do run the dishwasher more frequently.
We realized that we didn't need as many plates as we did bowls, so we donated an entire set of plates, but kept two different sets of bowls in two different sizes,
We reduced the number of coffee tumblers and water bottles we have. We do still have quite the mug collection. I was determined to keep the mugs on one shelf in the cabinet, but with two new mugs recently added, I'm expanding to the glasses shelf.
When you take the time to consider what you actually use, seeing the superfluous items is easy.
You may also identify needs.
I realized that with my OCD tendencies and My Person's OCD tendencies, we were going through hand towels and dish rags quickly. Rather than wasting water with washing multiple small loads of towels, I purchased a few more. We're up to 16 small towels and six smaller microfiber wipes. We use these throughout the week and I wash them all with our regular towels on the weekend.
Since getting a puppy, our paper towel use has gone up exponentially, so I'm also thinking I may shop around for more of the microfiber squares for wiping small spills.
At the end of a kitchen cabinet and drawer inspection, there probably will be several items that you can donate or recycle. Any extra space helps you see what you own.