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Minimized Monthly: Kitchen Clutter Edition

April 24, 2017
Minimized Monthly

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think it might actually be spring! I was worried Ontario was going to be stuck in winter forever!

Welcome to this month’s Minimized Monthly! This month I am focusing on one specific area: kitchen clutter! My kitchen clutter has always been lower on the donating totem pole because it hides in cupboards, out of sight. But it can hide no longer!

I find kitchen items hard to part with, partly because they have an inherent usefulness that other items just do not. Sure, I might have some kitchen appliances I don’t use often, but when I do, they help me make something (or so the internal monologue in my head goes).

Some items in our lives genuinely do have a use value (looking at you, wine glass). It’s only when they lose their value (through wear & tear, etc), that we tend to think about getting rid of them. But, if your kitchen cabinets are anything like mine, it’s a constant reshuffling to find what you’re looking for. And that drives me bonkers!

So rather than let kitchen items I almost never (and in some cases have never used) take up space in my life, I’m giving them the boot (gently and with gratitude for what they’ve contributed to my life)! Because, if they are just collecting dust in my cupboard, they aren’t serving their purpose are they?

**Disclaimer: I know this list seems long, but since my partner and I moved in together last year, we haven’t done a kitchen sorting… until now!**

What kitchen clutter am I minimizing this month?

Kitchen Clutter

  • 8 plates (we are bowl people)
  • 6 glasses
  • 4 frying pans (one never used)
  • 3 sauce containers
  • 3 spoons
  • 2 cutting boards (both broken)
  • 2 mugs
  • Cupboard miscellany (1 knife, 1 cup, and 1 food container)
  • A hard water stained bowl (oh rural living)
  • My beloved rice cooker (my rice eating days are behind me)
  • A weird kitchen trinket (I don’t even know what to call it)

Where are these items going?

With the exception of the broken items, the majority will be going to our local Value Village. These items are in great shape, we just don’t use them. Quite a number of them were also well-intentioned gifts – so I don’t feel personal guilt about donating them. I didn’t buy them in the first place!

That’s it for this month!

Do you struggle with minimizing items that are deemed ‘useful’? What’s your most useful appliance in your minimalist kitchen?
  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment May 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

    It must be a relief to get rid of all those items, Brittany! Mind you, considering you and your partner hadn’t done a proper sorting since moving in together, I have the impression you were both pretty minimalistic with your kitchen stuff anyway! I used to be an absolute shocker with kitchen clutter, especially with all those pesky gadgets… 😉

    • tinyambitions May 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

      You have no idea how good it felt! Actually you probably do, ha! It was so nice- I can navigate our cupboards now without having to play kitchen Tetris! Kitchen gadgets are so tricky, they always seems so useful. Thanks for reading Lisa!

  • Jessica Williams April 27, 2017 at 4:38 am

    This is brilliant! I love that you have photographed what you got rid of instead of how it looked once it had all gone. It’s good to see a different perspective like that. I love that you gave them away because they still had life left in them. My coffee machine is definitely my most used appliance. I love it and use it at least once a day. I find utensils really tricky to minimise.

    • tinyambitions April 27, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Right? It’s so hard to minimize certain useful items from our lives! Photographing what I’ve minimized has been useful for me to see that, even with everything I’ve sold or donated, I still have more than enough to live on. I highly recommend trying it!

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.