Creating a minimalist kitchen might seem like something that is a little out of reach, almost impractical - the lack of ‘stuff’. The truth is, however, that as well as looking cleaner, being easier to manage in general, and a joy to cook in - it becomes even more practical than before. Why? Well, once you have cleared the excess, you’re only left with what is essential to make great food with.
So, here are a few top tips that will turn your cluttered kitchen into a lean, mean cooking space.
If in doubt - throw it out
This one might seem a little bit simple, but it is surprisingly difficult for people to get rid of things. Those drawers and cupboard filled with utensils that your Aunt Margaret got you years ago, those salt and pepper shakers you never replaced the battery in? Anything that you haven’t used in the last month. Take time to sort through it all and donate what you can, and ask if friends and family would like anything - before opting for the trash.
Redecorate and Renovate
Color matters when you are talking about minimalist spaces. Often solid colors like white, grey and black work wonders for change how an area looks and feels. Something else worth considering is, does your kitchen suit your needs or could you do with a Mccormack Plywood Kitchens renovation and fitting? Whichever color you do choose, inject some life into the space with some greenery. Many plants flourish in the kitchen, and they always add a touch of class. Get something simple like a succulent. Of just fake it if you aren't great with greenery.
Put it Away
One of the most significant issues in kitchens is that people purchase multiple jars, tins, shakers and most of the time it isn’t replacing anything we’ve used. Instead, it’s buying again. How? Well, we buy a full set of spices and tend to use a few religiously. The other get set aside, we use a little, and it goes to the back of the cupboard. A new recipe crops up, we don’t look through what we have, we buy new. Suddenly we have 4 half used jars of turmeric in various cupboards. Take some time and sort through. You might like to purchase a couple of spice jars, some Tupperware and pop a whiteboard inside the cupboard door to keep track of what you do and don’t need. (Shopping smarter wouldn’t hurt either).
Clean, Then Clean Again
When you first start this one, it might seem like a bit of a schlep (and you’re right). However there are so many nooks and crannies in the kitchen that really should be swept, scrubbed and cleaned very well a few times a week. After all, you cook in there. When you first start the decluttering process, clean and you go. Then, when you are finished do a deep clean. If you absolutely don’t see yourself scrubbing the corners of your cupboards - hire someone to do it for you. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Minimalist kitchens function better, making cooking a more enjoyable and cleaner process.