Last Updated on September 24, 2021
While cooking is undoubtedly one of the most relaxing activities for most people, almost as relaxing as taking CBD oil, the kitchen can become overwhelming at times. Whether you’ve got a small kitchen in a tiny home or apartment or a massive kitchen, it doesn’t matter. When you’re in the zone of cooking a large meal, sometimes it can become downright overwhelming. The answer to the overwhelm could actually be quite simple and an easy fix if you’re open to it. The solution we’re talking about is adopting a minimalist philosophy when it comes to your kitchen. Let’s take a look at some ways this can benefit you and make cooking even more joyful and relaxing.
Less Clutter More Creativity
While springtime is often when most people decide to become a little more clutter-free if you adopt this practice when it comes to your kitchen, one area you’ll see a difference could be your creativity. With fewer spices overcrowding your spice rack or cabinet, you’ll use what you actually love and enjoy cooking with the most – and more than likely find some new uses for those spices. With fewer gadgets, you’ll utilize the tried and true items more often and for more uses. Do you really need that lemon squeezer, or do your hands work just fine?
Additionally, if your pantries and refrigerator aren’t overflowing with ingredients that you bought impulsively, the same logic will be applied as with the spices. You’ll get more creative with the healthy staples you and your family already know and enjoy eating the most.
You’ll Save Money
With so many different kitchen appliances available online and in nearly every big box store, it can be easy to think they make our lives easier. But, do they actually? Some people swear by their air fryer or Instapot, but most people who purchase these items don’t use them daily, let alone monthly. If you fall into the latter category, try to stop the impulsive buying of the latest and greatest or newest “must-have” kitchen appliance that swears it will save you time. Sure, time is money, but if you’re not even using these appliances, they’re not saving you time or money. So, keep your hard-earned cash and try cooking the old-fashioned way.
Quality Over Quantity
Speaking of the old-fashioned way, it’s worth investing in quality cookware that will stand the test of time and even cook your food better than its cheaper counterparts. Some of us may even have our great-grandmother’s cast iron skillet in our kitchen. Previous generations knew what they were doing and took care of the things they used often. There’s something calming and peaceful about truly loving the items that you own and caring for them well enough that they last forever and could even be passed down. So, if you enjoy baking cookies with your children, for example, invest in the quality cookware to do this baking, and what a special heirloom to pass on to them one day. It may seem like a significant initial investment upfront, but it pays off in more ways than just not having to repurchase a pan after the cheaper one you bought wears out after a couple of years.
Less Upkeep, More Space
One of the best benefits of a minimalist kitchen is that there is less to keep up with and clean and more space. Say you’ve always dreamt of having open cabinets in your kitchen, but it was just too cluttered to make that dream a reality. By paring down to the essentials only, you’ll likely be able to have beautiful, open cabinets that showcase what’s most important to you in your kitchen. Maybe it’s china that’s been passed down for generations, and perhaps it’s your gorgeous glass jars filled with different herbs, beans, or flours; whatever it is that exemplifies you most as a baker or chef is now the centerpiece of your kitchen. You also have less to clean up after cooking and baking, which makes getting to the best part a lot easier – enjoying what you’ve created with friends and family.
While minimalism isn’t something that will work for everyone or every kitchen, it’s worth giving a minimalist kitchen a shot if you feel stressed out after preparing large meals or having to clean up after them. You may be surprised just how much you can live without and all the benefits that come along with it. Bon Appetit!