We are in the first week of our self-sufficient living challenge. Week one is all about exploring and organizing what we own. Doing this allows us to utilize our pre-existing resources while developing a more self-sufficient style of living.
Today we will be exploring the kitchen. For me, the kitchen is the easiest place to collect and forget about supplies. Everything comes in a set: knives, bowls, Tupperware. Rarely can you buy one of any item. For this reason, we tend to have more than we need in the kitchen. To explore and organize this space, we will follow the same steps as in other areas:
- Set aside a donation box.
- Remove everything from the cabinets. It might be easiest for you to work in clusters such as serving ware, dishes, and kitchen tools.
- Carefully consider and organize each item.
- Return items to the cabinet in an organized manner that makes them most likely to be used.
Rather than stressing the best way to organize. I thought it might be helpful to share some of the ways we have minimized our kitchen supplies. Remember, the purpose of this week is to get to know what we own so we can use everything. We aren’t necessarily trying to declutter, but rather be practical about what we need and use and ultimately, what we own. Below are just a few of the methods that have helped us to keep a streamlined kitchen.
- Buy knives individually rather than in sets. Doing this allows you to own a few higher quality knives and not be weighed down by excess knives.
- Buy strainers and bowls that nest. These tools are compact and easy to find making them extremely useful for the kitchen. You can find ours in the The Homespun Journal Store.
- Carefully consider your kitchen appliances. We own what we use regularly, a coffee grinder and electric tea kettle, nothing more.
- To reduce waste in the kitchen, use fabric napkins. We have about 20 reusable napkins I purchased on clearance years ago. They are used until dirty and then washed and replaced with a clean napkin. This has been a great way for us to reduce kitchen waste.
There are many different ways of saving space and utilizing resources in the kitchen. These are just a few methods we have found useful. As you are exploring your own kitchen and reorganizing what you use, I would love to hear what works in your kitchen?
Tomorrow will be our last day of decluttering and exploring. In week two, we will be moving on to some useful ways to build the foundations for a more self-sufficient lifestyle. If you don’t want to miss any of the updates, follow us via email or RSS feed in the upper right hand column. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook. Happy exploring!