Cooking is my favorite pastime and helps center my busy brain. Before I was a minimalist, I purchased a lot of stuff for my cooking passion.
Over the last 5 years, I have gotten rid of 90% of my kitchenware and small appliances. Even though I have the less cookware, I am still making amazing food in my tiny and peaceful kitchen. (I wrote about my inexpensive RV kitchen reno, read it here).
Let’s break it down to what I have found unnecessary vs. necessary to keep in my kitchen.
Items I have deemed unnecessary in my life and I have given away:
- Air fryer
- LeCruset dutch oven
- 8 specialty knives
- Coffee grinder
- A large saucepan
- Nesting measuring cups
- Food processor
Items in my kitchen I have deemed 100% Necessary in my RV:
- A few nice knives
- Coffee maker
- Cutting board
- Saucepan and skillet
- Sheet tray
- 3 Mixing bowls
- Small Blender
How did I get to this point where I was so happy with so little? I realized that a lot of the things I purchased were marketed towards me through influencers I followed on Instagram and other target marketing. The internet knew when it came to cookware my wallet was ready to spend.
The cookware industry was valued at an almost 12 Billion dollar industry in 2020 and is projected to be 20 Billion. BILLION. Dollar. industry by 2028. Read about it here. They know we like cooking and it is their job to convince us to purchase a lot of stuff. And for me, It worked.
Now I know to just keep it simple and focus on the food.
5 Small Changes I have made that helps me keep my kitchen minimalist:
- I no longer keep my cooking utensils standing on the counter in a holder. Honestly, I disliked the visual clutter of a cramped cup I have to stare at all the time. Also, convince me how often you use a soup ladle and why it has be out 365 days a year.
- I put away my blender and toaster daily. It keeps my kitchen so much more functional.
- I have stopped using aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Both have proven to be unnecessary in my life and produce a lot of waste.
- I have gotten rid of several things that I just hate cleaning! That is a good enough reason to give it away. I hated cleaning my dutch oven, it was just so heavy and cumbersome I did not enjoy using it. Goodbye!!!
- Practice the art of borrowing kitchen items from friends. I still love to mess around with kitchen gadgets, and there is nothing wrong with that. have borrowed a kitchen aid, a margarita maker, and food processors for specific meals. Friends are the best!
How to make this work for you:
This all is best for my life! It will change over the years. What is best for your life will not be the same as mine. Think about each item in your kitchen and ask: How often do I use this? Do I even like this? What keeps it from using it more? Will I miss this item if I give it away?
I encourage you to make your kitchen space work for you. It should create peace and beautiful means, not create additional stress and clutter in your life.