Bringing Your Kitchen to the Minimalist Movement

When it comes to clutter, you might be surprised to find out that the kitchen takes the cake! However, when you get to think about it, the kitchen is a space filled with storage and hidden holes to add new cooking toys and supplies. In addition, this is also the space where you might find yourself most often. Between cooking, cleaning, and eating, there is a lot to do in the kitchen! 

It shouldn't be surprising then that you might have more in the kitchen than you need. This might not be the case if you have recently moved out of dorms or your parents home; however, once you have lived in a home for a few years, you'll have more than you ever use. Today, let's go over what's really needed in a kitchen, and what might just be "for fun." If you're moving or just wanting to simplify, then this post is perfect for you.

What Does a Kitchen Need?

  1. Silverware
  2. Plates
  3. Bowls
  4. Cups
  5. Knife
  6. Pot
  7. Pan
  8. Cooking spoon set
  9. Spatula
  10. Oven Mitts
  11. Glass Baking Dish
  12. Metal Baking Sheet
  13. Strainer
  14. Can Opener

Even the most basic cook will need a few things. You can do a lot with fourteen items; however, most people will need more. At the same time, most people tend to gather times more than this over the years. All that's needed to see why is to look at Williams-Sonoma or any other kitchen shop. 

With mixers, pasta makers, popcorn makers, and more, it's easy to accumulate things that you'll only use once every few years, if at all. That's why we're also adding a list of things that you might think about getting but might want to hold back from it you want to keep a lean and organized cooking space, or just save a little money. 

What Isn't Worth Buying In A Kitchen

If you've been to Ikea or Williams-Sonoma, you know the options that come with a kitchen. Here's a list of the items that most we've talked to regret buying and never use.

  1. Waffle Maker
  2. Bread Maker
  3. Spiralizer
  4. Food Dehydrator
  5. Electric Can Opener
  6. Fruit Slicers
  7. Ice Cream Maker
  8. Kitchen Aid
  9. Panini Maker
  10. Popcorn Maker
  11. Mortar & Pestle
  12. Juicer

While each of these items has its uses for those with certain cooking obsessions, most turn out to be a large waste of space and money. For example, one of the most asked for wedding gifts is a Kitchen Aid. However, only dedicated bakers will often use the contraption or its many additions. In the same method, most people might use a juicer for a few months. However, only the dedicated will keep using it for longer than that.

Kitchen Supplies That Might Be Useful

Finally, there are a few things outside of the original fourteen that might be of use. Depending on your cooking needs, the bare minimum just might not cut it.

  1. A set of quality of knives
  2. A few more pots and pans
  3. Garlic Crusher
  4. Food Processor
  5. Blender
  6. Measuring Cups & Spoons
  7. Quality Cutting Boards
  8. Tupperware
  9. Slow Cooker
  10. Food Scale
  11. Microwave 
  12. Toaster

Those that cook meals from scratch on an often basis will see many of the above list useful. For example, having a few more pots and pans can help cook complex meals. Using a slow cooker can help you if you need a good meal but don't have time to wait. All you need to do is put everything together in the morning and wait until night to have dinner.