Kitchen Ideas for the Minimalist

30 November 2012 by

Guest Post by Nisha

If you are a minimalist, you know that you do not need all of the gadgets that are advertised on television to cook all of your favourite dishes. For a minimalist, all you need are the essentials. You do not need to go out and buy new appliances, new dishes, and anything you do not plan on using on a regular basis. But downsizing to minimalism can be difficult if you do not know where to start. Here are some valuable tips on how to downsize and live a minimalist life free of all of the clutter.

You Only Need One Set of Glasses

Some individuals buy plastic cups for everyday use, wine glasses, and glasses they use at family dinners. If you are ready to clean out your shelves and live the minimalist life, you should stick with one set of glasses that you can use for all of your beverages. Make sure you choose an adequate size and a style that is simplistic, just like your new kitchen.

Serving Bowls for Multi-Purpose Use

You do not need an entire cupboard full of serving bowls that are designed for their own unique uses. If you have one or two serving bowls, they can be used to serve your guests, to prepare salads, to mix up cake batter, or even to marinate your meats. Do not clutter all of your cabinet space with bowls you do not need and stick with one or two.

Dishes and Silverware

 Kitchen Ideas for the Minimalist You do not need to buy large serving platters, large dish sets, and the most expensive silverware set even if you plan on entertaining. Consider how many people live in your home. You only need a limited amount of dinner plates, small plates, bowls, spoons, forks, butter knives, and cutting knives. Not only does this cut down on the number of dishes that can pile up in your sink, it eliminates the clutter. If you have guests, simply use recyclable plates and plastic silverware and the cleanup effort after entertaining will require a lot less effort.
Pots and Pans

Pots and pans are the most essential tools you will need in your kitchen. If you watch your favorite cooking show, they probably have expensive and pretty pots and pans. Cooks do not need these luxury tools just to cook a nice meal. You also do not need a 20 piece set. You can make it with just 5 pans: a small pan, a medium pan, a saucepan, and a medium non-stick pan that you will use most often. As for lids, you only really need a lid to the larger pans and your plates will work to cover the rest.

When you are in the process of equipping your minimalist kitchen, you need to remember that less is more. After all, in a consumer-oriented society, manufacturers and retailers like to stress the importance of buying items you will hardly ever get use out of. Think about the things you are going to need to use a on a daily basis and keep your kitchen small scaled. It might take some time to get used to washing a dish instead of buying a new one, but living the minimalist life has its benefits both financially and when it comes to alleviating stress.


Nisha represents a site called She enjoys writing about home design and DIY.

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