If you want to keep your contemporary kitchen easy to clean and organise, you may want to consider the idea of setting up a minimalist kitchen. The idea of a minimalist kitchen it to wave goodbye to things you probably don’t need, giving your kitchen a breath of fresh air. Even if you’re upgrading your contemporary kitchen, having a thorough declutter before the design process will make life easier when it comes to putting everything away once the instalment is finished.
Though the necessity of certain kitchen equipment can vary on the individual, it’s important to question what exactly is of use to you if you want to create a minimalist kitchen. How many times have you used your toastie maker? What about that waffle maker you bought for Christmas which you were certain would be used for breakfast every weekend?
Too often do we find ourselves falling for a gimmick where we envision upping our cooking game, only to find that after one or two uses, our latest culinary investment is merely collecting dust. If you haven’t used it in six months, it’s probably time to throw it away.
Of course, it would be foolish to think a minimalist kitchen relies on next to nothing. There are many essentials you need to consider. Once you have thrown away what you do not need, write a list of everything that is leftover. You may find that you don’t have certain items you need, or perhaps you have one too many of what you need and hadn’t realised until now.
Think about your pans. How many people do you usually cook for and how many pans do you tend to use at one time? For some people it can be something as minimal as a frying pan, a boiling pan and a wok (for bigger meals), but it also depends on the size of your family. For a minimalist kitchen for a family, it may be a good idea to swap your current pans for a set with fewer items but are bigger in size. Figure out what is practical for you and your home before deciding.
The same goes for Tupperware. How often to do you find yourself keeping a plastic tub because you think it may come in handy for lunches, only for it to be thrown into a box and almost never used? In most cases, you may find yourself needing only two sizes. A medium sized tub for your lunch (like the kind you receive from your local Chinese takeaway) and a small tub for snacks. Of course, this comes down to how much you eat, but you should still seriously consider swapping your wasted plastics for what will be useful.
When it comes to food in your minimalist kitchen, it’s a good idea to think of your pantry as a miniature business. Creating an inventory of what you have will prevent you from overfilling your cupboards with too many of the same food that you may not get through before it goes out of date. While writing your inventory, look through everything that is in your cupboard to see what in serious need of replacing. Your herbs and spices often outlive their used by date because people tend to not check! Make sure their date is on show, so you don’t accidentally use them when it’s too late.
Clear, labelled containers are a great way to find what you are looking for while keeping the cupboard space appear less cluttered for an ideal minimalist kitchen. From cereal tubs to sugar jars, you will find when going through your inventory that you will discover dried foods cooking ingredients you were sure you didn’t have that you would discover better had they been stored in a clear and organised manner.
For some people, however, it can be easier to create a minimalist kitchen if they start from scratch. This may be a good idea for those who are looking for upgrade their contemporary kitchen as you can choose utensils and equipment that matches your contemporary kitchen design, keeping the style and colour scheme consistent throughout.
Creating a minimalist kitchen is a wonderful idea when starting fresh with a contemporary kitchen design. It can give you a fresh mindset when refilling your cupboards and drawers after the renovation is finished and can speed up the process of getting your kitchen life moving again. If you would like to talk to an expert about creating a contemporary kitchen design in your home, contact EBKB today to see how we can help.