We recently moved and the room with the most to pack and unpack was, by far, the kitchen.
And, really, there's just no getting around that.
Dishes are breakable, pots and pans are big and heavy; there is just a lot that goes into stocking a kitchen for a household.
So what do you weed out? How do you make your kitchen feel clean, organized, and minimalistic?
Kitchen gadgets: boy, there are a lot of them! A tool for every different type of food...it can get crazy. So I suggest really watching what you actually use when you cook.
I had an egg separator, that I hated washing. So I always separate the yolk from the white using the shell. The separator was just there to make up the crowd. There were a dozen other tools in my drawers that I forgot I had, and cooked just fine without them.
Also, the pantry: this is the first home that I have ever lived in that has a "pantry." Honestly, I really don't like it. I'd rather have the food up high in cabinets, than in an easily-accessible closet right in the middle of the kitchen. But I'm making do. This isn't a forever kitchen.
Although it has definitely been a learning experience.
This is what my pantry looked like the first month we lived in this house.
Awful, right? I'm embarrassed to show it to you!
After a lot of tweaking, cleaning out, plastic tubs, and the help of my trusty laminator...
While it wasn't my intent to spend money on new containers and tubs...the day after I cleaned out my pantry, sugar ants found it!! I guess they appreciated the organization. So the small initial investment in air-tight storage will save me money in the long run because I won't have to keep replacing food because of ant invasions.
Also, the plastic containers are much lighter than the glass ones, and will be one less thing I will have to worry about getting broken during a move. Plus, I love them! I love the clean look, and it didn't hurt that they are accented in my favorite color!
Do you have any secrets for keeping your kitchen clutter at a minimum?