The One Thing You Won’t Find in a Minimalist Kitchen
The one thing that you won’t find in a minimalist kitchen is excess. That’s because in a minimalist’s dream world, everything has purpose, a proper place, and there is perfect balance in every corner. Well, that’s not always the case (even in my 350 sq. ft. studio apartment). But through tiny living, I’ve uncovered a minimalist method that will help you simplify your kitchen.
In my tiny kitchen that consists of a fridge, stove, sink, 2 cabinets, and that’s it, there are still times when I feel like I have too much stuff. We’re all human, and if you’re anything like me, then you believe that effort counts. Over the last few months, I’ve really made a conscious effort to only buy things that I actually need. Before my minimalist practices could become second nature, I had to adopt a shift in perspective. Rather than feeling like my tiny kitchen was limited, I’ve learned how to see space differently.
Our kitchens can be a space for gathering, nourishing, and celebrating. But when the storage and surfaces are filled to capacity, it creates little moments of stress for us. Having to navigate such a full space on a regular basis makes us feel animosity or avoidance towards certain areas in our home.
Once you start adopting some minimalist practices, you’ll uncover joy in your kitchen (that was hiding behind the appliances you never use). We just need to work through the layers of excess first. Instead of filling your counters, cabinets, or surfaces full of “things” because there’s “room,” try creating more open spaces so your kitchen can breathe. These newfound possibilities in your kitchen might inspire you to cook freely, try new recipes, and have guests over for dinner.
This is when the solution for excess comes in, and all you need is 5 minutes. Instead of looking at your kitchen as a whole - knowing that decluttering might take several days, weeks or months - start to see the space in segments. It’s called “The 5 Minute Purge,” and you will move mountains in a matter of minutes.
Set your alarm for 5 minutes, put on some good music, and even light a candle. Then work on simplifying each section of your kitchen individually, just once a day. In terms of reducing excess, ask yourself what you really need, what you really use regularly, and what’s really adding value to your life? Set aside everything else to donate, sell or give away.
In a minimalist home, each item that you own will bring you joy. So if you get more joy out of actually using something - rather than saving it for a special occasion - start using it!
Think about it like this. When you reach into your coffee cup shelf, you always know which 1 or 2 are your favorites, but you probably have 50 others in there collecting dust. With “The 5 Minute Purge”, your kitchen will gradually begin to only hold the essentials. Soon you’ll create new openings to store things that don’t really need to be displayed on your counter. Imagine, the day that you can see what you have when you look in your cabinets. You’ll even be able to actually find the scissors when you open a kitchen drawer. The joy!
Once you start thinking like a minimalist, you’ll fill your home with things that bring joy into your life. When you create breathing room in your kitchen, everything becomes a little easier. And finally, those little moments of stress are gone before you know it.
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