MY MINIMALIST HOME – IT STARTED IN THE KITCHEN
When I decided that being minimalist was the way I wanted to live, I sat down and planned out what that would mean and where I would start. I didn’t rush around clearing out and tidying initially, I wanted to take my time, knowing I’d overwhelm myself with the enormity of the task, if I tried to clear out everything straight away. I made a plan and decided that the kitchen was the best place to start as it’s the room we use the most.
We started with just a really good clean and tidy to make sure we had space for the big sort out. We then applied the same principle as I’d used with my wardrobe setting piles of what to keep and what to get rid of.
The cupboards were stacked high and a mess! The worktop was also not great with a jumble of wires as it houses our stereo. We had pots of tester paints and a jumble of odds and ends amongst the kitchenware.
Anyone for tea?! Yes this was the clear-out of tea from one of the cupboards. Did we really need all this…NO
We put everything no longer needed onto the table. We opted to keep so much of everything for example 8 plates, 8 bowls, 8 dishes etc.. If you have large dinner parties or gatherings you may need more it’s down to personal choice. We also really pared down our mug collection as it was getting ridiculous. We sorted out what could go to charity and what needed to be trashed.
Flour anyone! Another cupboard sort out revealed that I have too much of a single item.
The cupboard after the clear-out. Who knew we actually had all this spare space.
All in all it took us a few hours over three days to clear out everything. We didn’t attempt to do it all in one day as it’s a large task and you can easily get fed up halfway through. It’s such a good feeling afterwards and so much easier to find everything. We will make sure that we don’t clutter up again and have a place for everything. I can also see some changes I want to make by painting the tiles and introducing some more natural wood for a Scandinavian feel.
Next on the list is the living room and we will apply the same principle to the clear-out.