With fewer mouths to feed these days, I have taken my minimalism to the kitchen. It is embarrassing how much stuff I had stashed in the back of my pantry and kitchen cabinets. It’s easy to think about closets and the garage and attic when simplifying, but the kitchen can be a whole other world full of treasures and keepsakes.
Face it, you probably have stuff in your pantry that even bugs won’t touch. Remember what I said in the post about simplifying your stuff, and your kid’s not wanting your treasures? I’m sure you have tons of “treasures” in your kitchen cabinets. Are you really going to use a sterling silver coffee service or the crystal punch bowl with matching cups that hang off the side? That’s what those cute, clear (disposable) plastic tumblers from Walmart are for!
Below is a list of items to consider purging, and by “consider”, I mean get rid of. 🙂
- Get rid of all the spices, sauces, canned goods, etc that you either haven’t opened or used in six months.
- Donate or pass-down all duplicate appliances and gadgets. You do not need three crock pots and four sets of measuring spoons!
- Sell or donate all the “fancy” stuff you haven’t used in decades. I recently donated some crystal to a silent auction for charity.
- Great tax write off.
- How many pots and pans are cluttering your cabinets? Not to mention cake pans of every shape and size. Do you really need three different sized bundt cakes?!?
- Do the same thing to your fridge and freezer that you did to the pantry. It doesn’t matter if it’s not technically expired. If you’re not using it, it will eventually be expired. If you have more than one fridge or freezer, I ask you, “are you expecting a famine?” You do realize if a natural disaster hits, the power is most likely going to go out anyway right? Just sayin’…
- What else do you have hidden in those cabinets? Oh, Tupperware! Seriously, purge the plastic containers! Do you even have matching lids for all those pieces? How about the plastic cups from every restaurant you’ve ever visited. Toxins are released from the plastic in the dishwasher anyway. (in case you need another reason).
- One more thing, cookbooks. Do you still use them? I photocopied all the recipes that I actually used (which wasn’t that many) then sent the books off to Half Price Books. I get 90% of my recipes from Pinterest now anyway and when I shop, I just pull the ingredient list from my phone.
This should get you started. Like I’ve said in the past, go through this list and knock out everything you can. Then, do it again and purge till it hurts. In six months or even six days, you probably won’t even remember having that stuff in the first place. Be honest, are you really going to use the item you think you just can’t live without.
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