The kitchen is an important part of the home that can get cluttered very easily. With so many fancy kitchen appliances and kitchenware coming out these days, it's hard not to fall for undeniably clever and attractive designs. To assist all you minimalists stay chic and minimal, we've put together a list of essentials and non-essentials that will help you keep your minimalist kitchen away from clutter.
Before we begin, here's a basic rule of thumb for those desiring a minimalist kitchen:
- Choose no more than three (3) neutral colours for your tableware colour scheme. While it's best to stick with one common colour (e.g. white), allow yourself some flexibility to add a bit of tone to the overall look of your tableware collection - neutral colours are perfect for that extra bit of blend (they're called "neutral" for a reason!).
- Figure out what kitchenware you use most and are absolutely essential for your everyday cooking and eating. Once that's been done, remove all items that you rarely use. Decluttering may seem hard at first, but you'll be surprised that once you remove these non-essential items, you won't be looking for them at all.
- Cut down on the number of similar items you own. There really is no need to be stacking up the same kinds of kitchenware, as you're probably using the same "go-to" items on the daily anyway. Don't expand from the one set of dishes, one set of cutlery, one set of pots and pans, etc. that you already have.
- Invest in quality kitchenware that has simple, yet practical designs. Quirky items may appear unique and interesting at the time of purchase, but you'll find that they go out of style quickly. With basic, minimalist designs, however, you'll be hanging on to them for a very long time.
- One large wooden chopping board for fruit and veg; and one plastic chopping board for raw meat, poultry, etc.
- Three pots and three pans (small, medium, large sizes)
- One set of quality knives and one honing steel
- One set of bowl-plates (a.k.a "blates")
- One set of forks, spoons, knives (and chopsticks, if you're Asian or love Asian food!)
- One set of mugs
- One set of glasses
- One salad/mixing bowl
- One strainer
- Must-have utensils (e.g. spatula, stirring spoon, ladle, tongs)
- Measuring tools (e.g. cups/spoons)
- One kettle
- One food processor/blender
- Multi-pressure cooker
- Food storage containers
- Ice-cream/yoghurt maker
- Waffle maker
- Bread machine
- Pasta maker
- Sandwich press
- Deep fryer
- Popcorn maker
- Tableware designed for 'special' occasions (e.g. birthdays, Christmas)
- Multiple bakeware items
- Single-use utensils (e.g. nut cracker, egg frying rings, apple corer, avocado saver)
- Mortar and pestle
- Various sizes of wine glasses
- Food dehydrator