3 Best Rules for Having Less in the Kitchen
I am a bit taken aback at how much stuff I really do have! And this move has really shown me where I am at in my minimalism journey; which I would say is still some where in the beginning middle. I'm an not going to lie- I am having quite a bit of self doubt and feeling like a huge fake recently through this process. But I also have been reminding myself that everyone has a beginning and their own pace in life. Mine just seems to be snails speed where I would love for it to be more of a cheetah speed.
I am sharing these lessons not because I am an expert but because these are lessons that I have had to relearn during the process of moving into my new kitchen. And even though I have learned these lesson before it feels like I am now learning them for a first time! If they are worth relearning for me then they just might be worth sharing for you! So here are my 3 Best Rules for Having Less in the Kitchen below!
The kitchen is pretty much the center of my home. I love spending time in my kitchen and our food restrictions dictate that I spend more time preparing and planning meals. Because of this I really wanted my kitchen to reflect our needs. So for me the look and feel inside the cabinets is just as important as the outside. That is not to say the outside isn't prettier but I somewhat want the inside to reflect order and peace I want to feel when I open those doors and start my mornings.
(The full reveal, including what is inside all of my cabinets, has been posted on my Instagram stories labeled Minimal Kitchen. Feel free to take a look for more detailed info.)
Rule #1: Space is good! Space is your friend! I am really guilty of filling up space in my home. Empty space to me ='s a possible new purpose for my home to fulfill! It seems new, fun, and exciting but what I find is not my friend is when the space is filled and I start to get that overwhelmed feeling back. The one where I am tripping over things I don't need and I find myself leaving my house in chaos simply because I can't keep up with the mess! And I would like to say that I don't mind a little mess and I'm not very neat myself. But when the mess is creating tension and frustration then that is when I know something has to change. So even though I CAN add more to my kitchen in it's empty spaces I am getting used to just having unused space and being content with it.
Rule #2: Need versus use. Something I have been hearing a lot recently for some reason is to make sure you only keep what you use! But I think that is a bit of a deceiving mentality. I mean technically you could use, or will potentially use, everything you own in your kitchen. The trick is asking yourself if you NEED it. Does it serve you? Does it bring you joy? Does it fulfill its purpose in being the something that you both need and use? If the answer is yes then you have something of value that is worth hanging onto. If the answer is no do yourself a service and let it go! Sell, donate, throw away if you need to but let it go!
Rule #3: Consider Your Own Lifestyle. What I always tend to get stuck on is comparing myself to others. And I don't feel that comparing is necessarily bad but it can become a negative when that persons life that you are comparing yourself to doesn't serve your life to the fullest. Previously, I mentioned me and my kids food restrictions. Since I take a more holistic approach to our health I have items that take up a fair amount of space and are items you may never even find in someone else kitchen; such as our supplements and herbs. Many picture perfect homes don't show or portray this part of there lives so I have fully understood that these choices are personal and individualistic. But knowing this makes me feel good! I feel unique aspects of our lives should be celebrated in the home! My daughter loves to help me restock the herbs with a funnel, make bath bombs, and pour and mix my herbal bath salts. Living simple doesn't mean you have to give up what you cherish and love but simply letting go of what does not to make room for that which fulfills your body, mind, and soul in your life
I truly love how the kitchen turned out and I love best that I was finally able yesterday to make these cookies with the kids. My husbands co-worker just had twins and one of the things I love to do most is to make lactation cookies for new mamas. I also love making things for others with my hands and sharing this love with my two littles. I don't really want to spend much time digging out a bowl in the back on a cabinet or not being able to find something I need. Everything was right in front of me and on hand. All I had to worry about was the kids dipping in the cookie batter and sneaking chocolate chips from the bag. And those kinds of worries are the worries I can live with.
A much earned cookie after all of there hard work.