It seems like there’s never enough space in the kitchen. No matter how much counter space or cabinet space I have, I always need more! So I decided to let go of the stuff I didn’t need and maximize my kitchen functionality by using multi-function appliances. It’s easy to learn how to simplify your kitchen and save space; just follow these tips to scale down and build back up using only the items you actually need!
If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comments. We can help you figure out how to maximize your space!
Ask Yourself: Do you actually need all that stuff?
It’s hard to get rid of your things – thinking about it definitely causes me anxiety! But, once I actually went through this process, I felt so much better. This exercise one of the best ways to learn how to simplify your kitchen and save space.
Go through your kitchen tools, gadgets, appliances, and dinnerware and ask yourself:
- Do you use it? If the answer is no, it’s easy to toss or donate this item.
- When was the last time you used it? If it’s been over a year, this item probably isn’t critical to your cooking. If you haven’t used it in the last three to six months, you should really give some serious thought about whether the item is actually useful.
- Do you have more than one of these? If so, do you actually need that many? When I looked in my gadget drawer, I had seven silicone spatulas. Seven! The most I could ever need at one time is three, so I donated the rest.
- Finally, would you buy it again today? If it wouldn’t be worth spending money on today, it’s probably not worth keeping.
Downsize cleaning products
Just like your cooking tools, take a look at your cleaning cabinet. How many cleaning products do you have in there, and how many do you actually need? Most people can get away with one or two, including an all-purpose, multi-surface cleaner and dishwashing soap. You can further simplify by switching to natural cleaning products (like baking soda and vinegar).
Take advantage of space-saving gadgets
Do you need a rice cooker, a slow cooker, AND a pressure cooker? Why not use an Instant Pot instead – it can do all those things without requiring three times the storage space! Other great multi-function appliances include air fryers, counter-top griddles that double as grills and panini presses, and toaster ovens that can bake, broil, and toast.
Hang up your tools
These 3M hooks are amazing at hanging up cooking tools, like spatulas, measuring spoons and cups, or oven mitts. It’ll free up drawer space for the things you actually need while making it significantly easier to find things in the process!