Minimalism has been the buzz word for a while now and we thought about writing a 3 part series on what it means to us and how we can introduce it into our lives. The first of the series is;
Minimalism in kitchen
Raise your hand if you are guilty of buying unnecessary kitchen appliances and ‘useful’ kitchen gadgets?
That vegetable spiralizer that you bought thinking you will make zoodles and salads every day? But used it a total of 1.5 times?
That panini maker? That stand mixer?
Wait…that waffle maker that you can’t be bothered to heat for 20 minutes before you make one waffle?
That bread maker you bought thinking all the bread you will make in your life time but only used twice?
Garlic press? Mandolins? Apple slicer? A dozen different kinds of peelers? Pasta maker? Ice cream maker?
Multiple sets of glasses, cutlery, bowls, plates?
Do we really need these many items or gadgets in our kitchen? We can do with a few basics: two very good knives and a good bullet blender will do the job too. Imagine all the space you can save!
The commercials, cooking shows and advertisements may give you an impression that to be a good cook you need all those fancy things. The reality is if you suck at cooking, you suck at cooking because you haven’t practiced enough or you aren’t passionate enough. If all the fancy appliances could make us all wonderful Michelin star cooks, then all the fancy restaurants will have gone out of business by now.
The main use of having a minimalist kitchen is having a clutter-free space, freeing up counter spaces, and having more surface area to work on. Clutter can lead to stress and make cooking feel like a chore rather than an enjoyable social experience. Constantly having to juggle for space and struggling to find where things are in kitchen can add to the pressure we experience while cooking and make kitchen feel like an unwelcome space.
In a nutshell, minimalism in kitchen is reducing your clutter and managing with less number of things. It means questioning each and every item in your kitchen and understanding what purpose it is solving.
There are simple ways in which you can get started. Don’t buy junk kitchen tools from dollar store. Don’t buy fancy gadgets that you would probably just use once. And donate and dispose things that don’t serve any purpose in your kitchen.
Put some music on and enjoy your cooking time in kitchen!