In this article, I’m not going to advise you to change all your kitchen furniture, it costs a blind and not everyone has the plan to change the kitchen. No, here, what interests me is to ask how we can improve your kitchen so that it is more minimalist, with fewer objects not very useful every day. And don’ Here’s a list of non-exhaustive questions you can ask yourself:
- Do you ever have to empty a closet to access what is in the bottom?
- Do you ever find out-of-date food while tidying up?
- Is your worktop cluttered on a daily basis?
- Do you store/store appliances in your kitchen that are not used weekly?
Some Ideas to Create a More Minimalist Kitchen
There are different things you can put in place to create a more streamlined and minimalist kitchen. The shelves and open wall furniture are super nice and are not incompatible with a sleek decoration, but you will have to take care to store only the essentials. Having all grandma’s dish service in plain sight is not very minimalist. But it’s not the only solution available to you in a more minimal kitchen.
Rework the Depth of Furniture to Optimize Storage
In the context of a standard kitchen, the dimensions of kitchen furniture are standard too, in other words, one usually has a depth of 60cm in low furniture (a little less in reality) and a depth of less than 37cm for wall furniture. Most of the time, wall furniture is less messy in the background because it is shallower. If you have objects that never serve you in the back of your closet, if you have food that perishes because it’s at the bottom and you don’t see it, if you have to move everything to access what you’ve stored in the bottom, there’s a problem! To rework the depth of furniture you have several solutions:
- You can add a double bottom which avoids having things/foods that pile up in the bottom and that will be lost forever until you do the next sort. What is very funny is that the kitchen vendors do not offer this layout. At the same time, it would be to admit that a piece of furniture with a depth of 60 cm is bad every day. Fortunately, creating a double bottom doesn’t require having a Bac 8. A few squares, MDF and just attach your double bottom to the storage shelves in your furniture. You can shorten the depth of your kitchen stocking furniture by 20 cm without worry.
- Prefer drawers to shelves to optimize storage in your kitchen furniture. Thanks to the drawer’s sliding system you can easily access the entire storage space. While it is easy to find storage for cutlery, we do not necessarily think about it for pots and pans, yet we use it every day. The cracker is higher than a conventional drawer to be able to store the pots and other high pans.
- Transform your corner furniture with a swivel system. This type of layout is more expensive in general than just tablets, but it will allow you to easily access your entire corner cabinet. For simplicity on a daily basis, a few investments are worth making.
- Ranger on height rather than depth: Again, if you have shelves in your kitchen furniture, there is a big problem. Not in depth but in height. And since we don’t live in a video game and the goal of our life is not to form as many lines as possible as in Tetris, we often avoid stacking too many objects. Result of the races: We end up with an empty space on the top of the furniture. There are half shelves that will allow you to double your storage volume easily.
Keep the Essentials on the Worktop and at Hand
For a minimalist kitchen, it’s not just a matter of sorting, optimizing, and tidying up kitchen furniture. You also have to think about the work plan. Whether it’s big or small, whether you use it often or not, the worktop is super important in the atmosphere of your kitchen. If it’s cluttered, you’ll feel like your kitchen is messy. On the other hand, if you try to keep only the essentials, you will feel that your kitchen is more refined. To keep only the essentials, ask yourself what you use on a daily basis. For example, I couldn’t have a coffee maker at my fingertips. I drink a lot of coffee all day. It must remain accessible. When we lived in France with Flo, we cooked a lot, he likes me. We had a nice collection of knives that was always available. A magnetized plate had been placed on the wall so as not to clutter the worktop. Minimalism had also been pushed to the cooking plates, which were dominoes that could be stored in a cupboard when they were not in use. Cutlery, fresh food, etc. had another place in the kitchen and they did not interfere with the worktop. In a small kitchen, it is essential to keep the room to cook!
Rethink your Consumption so You don’t Waste any More Food
To be minimalist or to want to adopt a more slow lifestyle is also to rethink the patterns that we have been instilled since we were a kid. Doing a full tank of errands for 2 weeks is a saving of time and money. (It may be true but it’s also a great source of anxiety to go and an Auchan or a Carrefour). The thing is, by doing a lot of shopping, you risk buying products that won’t serve you and will eventually clutter your kitchen. 3 years ago at Christmas you needed 3 or 4 different types of spices and since you never used them. Maybe it’s time to give them away if they’re still good or throw them away. It’s also a time to promise you that you won’t buy food, condiments, spices that will only serve you once. Buying with a conscience will allow you to gain space in the kitchen while being in line with your values.