Life as a minimalist doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. In fact, we probably have more quality items now than we did in our old house (feels that way, anyways). Because when you’re a minimalist, YOU ACTUALLY USE ALL YOUR STUFF! And when you use all your stuff, you realize pretty quickly which items you need, which items you don’t need, and which items you need to be quality.
Living in an RV, we’re very weight AND space conscious. So when we’re in the market for something, we really have to ask ourselves if it’s an absolute necessity. If it’s not, we have to ask ourselves if it will TRULY bring more happiness into our lives. If we decide it’s an item worth purchasing, how often we expect to use that particular item determines the quality.
We spend a considerable amount of time in our kitchen, so this is an area where quality makes a big difference for us. After almost a year living the minimalist lifestyle, these are the 9 kitchen items we use most.
I absolutely hate disorganized leftover containers (Tupperware, if you will)! They take up space, you can never find the right lid, and a bunch of hard plastic doesn’t store very easily. These silicon storage containers collapse AND they can fit into each other! So if needed, you can really save Tupperware space! These are a little on the expensive side but they’re extremely sturdy and VERY efficient! Minimalism means you don’t have a bunch of junk taking up unnecessary space! That said, quality and efficient is something I’m willing to spend a little extra money on.
Ok – for some people, glassware just feels like home. If you’re one of those people, skip to the next item. We hate the idea of wrapping nice glassware on every trip, so we prefer microwaveable safe plastic. Yes, they will scratch over time but they will always serve (pun intended) a purpose! Microwaveable is an absolute must because we cook often and have leftovers. A lot of plastic is not microwave safe! So be careful!
This is the knife set we have and we absolutely love them. We were told by the salesman that these compared to the popular (and expensive) J.A. Henckels Signature set. We rarely have to sharpen them and we’ve used them now for over 5 years. Although this is not a “lightweight” item, we think nice cutlery is a must if you spend a decent amount of time in the kitchen.
This is the only other heavy and bulky item on the list. After a lot of time researching blenders, we went with the ninja because the price was much cheaper (about a 1/3rd cheaper). What a mistake! I’m convinced spending more money on the Vitamix blender will pay off in the long run. It’s what every bar and restaurant uses and for good reason. You can liquify bricks in this thing…not really but it’s THAT amazing. Here’s a video if you want to check it out.
We use spices ALL the time! And most spice racks we’ve bought have ended up in the trash because they have proprietary spice bottles that go with it – not all that convenient when you’re grilling out and need to run to the campground store for some steak rub. This spice organizer is universal and it stacks in the cabinet, which is awesome for those living small and needing to use every square inch of space. This one is a little bulky but we use this constantly.
We have one of these and we wish we had 3. Because we hand wash everything and try to get it done as quickly as possible (because who likes chores?), water splashes and drips. Our kitchen would be like a bathtub if it weren’t for our drying mat. These microfiber dish drying mats are awesome because they ABSORB and RETAIN a lot of water! So you can wash quickly and set your soaking wet dishes on the microfiber mats to dry. They’re light, don’t take up a bunch of space like a drying rack, and they do the job well!
We have command hooks everywhere. When we’re cooking, we rinse off our cooking utensils (spatula and spoons, primarily) and hang them on the command hooks so we don’t clutter up our much-needed counter space. We also use them to hold drying towels, bibs for our daughter, and we use them as pot holders. These are just amazing to have around for the minimalist. You don’t realize how efficient these little hooks are until you live small!
Mixing bowls take up so much space, especially if you have random pieces you’ve picked up over the years from several different sets! We got rid of all our old bowls and picked up this bad boy. 13 pieces take up the space of 1 bowl! And that includes mixing bowls, measuring cups, and a colander! Yeah…I’d say this is almost a must have.
This is another must have item for us! These flexible cutting boards are the size of photo paper and they’re as strong as Kevlar (bullet proof). Ok, maybe not that strong. But we’ve had ours for over 6 years and we’re not even close to replacing them. Not only are they light and easy to store, but the flexibility allows you to fold and pour so you never spill anything when you transfer from cutting board to bowl, pot, or whatever! These things are awesome!