You spend a ton of time in the kitchen.
Whether you’re a master chef or more of a frozen-dinner-five-nights-a-week cook, your kitchen gets a workout.
Because it’s used so much, disarray can quickly take over.
Remodeling or renovating your kitchen is the perfect time to make some changes that will bring your stress levels down and give you an uncluttered space.
The answer is a minimalist kitchen.
Here are five ways you can achieve this type of space.
1. Get rid of the microwave
Before you decide to not read another word of this blasphemy, hold your horses.
The truth is, you don’t actually NEED a microwave. You can do anything you do in a microwave in your oven or on the stovetop.
Plus, your food will actually taste better.
You’ll also find that you’re less likely to eat pre-packaged, processed foods.
If you’re not quite ready to ditch your microwave yet, do a little test. Try to go for a week or two without using it. You might be surprised by how easy it actually is to live without it.
2. Ditch your extra cookware
Unless you’re on a Food Network cooking show, you don’t need a ridiculously stocked kitchen.
Your new minimalist ways dictate that you only need what you’ll actually use.
A dutch oven, a cast iron pan, a stock pot, a few frying pans, and several saucepans of varying sizes are really all you need.
Don’t crowd your space with a lot of cookware you don’t need.
3. Pare down your collection of gadgets
It’s time to use a little tough love on yourself.
Yes, you need a vegetable peeler. No, you don’t NEED an avocado slicer.
New high-tech kitchen gadgets come along daily, it seems. While they seem like exciting additions to your process, in reality, you probably won’t end up using them long-term.
For your minimalist kitchen, commit to not buying any new gadgets and thin out the herd you already have.
4. Cut down on cutlery
Truth time: How many knives do you currently have in your kitchen?
Chances are, whatever number you came up with is too many.
Unless you attend a culinary academy, you don’t need 27 knives.
What you need are BETTER knives.
Invest in a high-quality chef’s knife, a paring knife, a bread knife, and enough steak knives for the family to eat a nice dinner and you’re good to go.
5. Get smart with storage
Possibly the most important element of a minimalist kitchen is storage.
Once you’ve purged your space of all the unnecessary items, it’s time to figure out where to store the keepers.
It’s time to get creative.
Need some help? If your contractor has a designer, set up a meeting and get to work.
Let the pros handle your minimalist kitchen
The other key component to getting the kitchen of your dreams is choosing the right contractor to handle the job.
Do your homework, read reviews, ask for recommendations, and never be afraid to ask questions.
When your contractor treats you as a teammate, you’ll know you’ve found the right fit.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts Virginia Kitchen and Bath.