5 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen + Cooking

decluttering Apr 14, 2020

As many people continue to spend more time at home and less time eating at restaurants or grocery shopping, more time is spent in the kitchen, cooking up the ingredients you have in your home. 

If this is the case for you, do you enjoy your kitchen or the way it is organized? If not, I'd love to help you out!

I recently uploaded a Minimalist Kitchen Tour video which went through every cabinet, drawer, and countertop of our kitchen. (Watch it here if you are interested.

Here are a few key takeaways from the video that might help you in your efforts to simplify your kitchen or your cooking:

Keep Surfaces Clear: You've heard it from me before, but eliminating surface clutter is one of the best ways to simplify your space. In your kitchen, what actually needs to be out on the counters? What could be tucked away? This simple switch can make a huge difference!

Analyze the Numbers: How many plates does your family need? How many mugs? How many sets of measuring cups? How many casserole dishes? Sometimes we have more items than we need, simply because they came in a set. Removing duplicate or excess items from your kitchen can give each of your cabinets or drawers some extra breathing room.

Prioritize Ease of Use: Are your items stored in the most convenient place? Can you get to what you need quickly and easily? Sometimes we get used to storing certain items in a certain place that we forget to reevaluate our needs and shift our items accordingly. 

Meal Prep + Cook More Effectively: Mastering the art of meal prep and efficient cooking is something I am working on myself, but I have already found that it saves me a lot of time and helps me eat healthier on a regular basis! To help with this, my friend Tiffany from Eat at Home is hosting a free Eat at Home Victory Week program to help with meal prep, how to use your freezer more effectively, 15 minute meals, simple ingredient substitutions, and more! Learn more or sign up for the free challenge here.

Use it Up: I have long advocated for a periodic "use it up" challenge, and this time period is no exception! In this challenge, focus on using up the items you have before purchasing anything new. See what different combinations of foods you can put together and get resourceful if you need to! 

I hope these tips are helpful! Once again, you can see my kitchen in my most recent video here. 

Happy decluttering!

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