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Creating a Minimalist Kitchen: Tips to Clean, Declutter and Simplify


Posted by on August 9, 2017 / 20 Comments

Who wants a peek into my modern and minimalist kitchen? I’m also sharing 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

Creating a Minimalist Kitchen. My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

My style and aesthetic has definitely morphed over time. I’ve always favored a contemporary “look and feel,” with lots of white, as much openness and natural light as possible and an abundance of plants and greenery. But in the last few years that’s transitioned yet again into more of a minimalist, modern design, aligning with the Downshiftology notion of simplifying life.

For years I avoided using those two words “minimalist and modern” because honestly, I thought they lacked warmth and coziness. My internal assessment was that minimalist and modern meant stark, cold, empty and unfriendly. And never in a million years would I want the comfort of my home to feel like a sterile hospital room. But the truth is that minimalism doesn’t have to mean those things at all.

Watch the video to see inside my minimalist kitchen:

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Minimalism is about so much more than the number of items you own, how much you’ve spent on them or what color they are. Rather, it’s about freeing yourself from excess “stuff” and those things that weigh you down. It’s quite simply, just simplifying life. And that’s something I can definitely stand behind.

As you can imagine, my job as a food blogger and recipe developer means that I spend a huge amount of time in my kitchen. So it’s important to me that this space is kept as clean and tidy as possible. But I’m by no means preaching perfection.

I’ll be the first to admit that my kitchen isn’t always as clean as you’ll see on this video (my mom considers me a bit of a Tasmanian Devil in the kitchen). I just do my best by implementing the tips I’m sharing today.

For most people, the kitchen is also a congregating area for the home, so decluttering and tidying up this room will naturally make you feel more at ease, calm and relaxed. And I think you’ll soon find the habits you implement in the kitchen will have a lovely way of spreading into the rest of your home.

This topic has been highly requested over on my YouTube channel (especially after my Pantry Organization video), so it only makes sense that I present today’s tips in video format. I may do more videos like this solely on my YouTube channel, so make sure to subscribe for future videos.

Creating a Minimalist Kitchen. My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

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My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

Creating a Minimalist Kitchen. My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

Creating a Minimalist Kitchen. My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

Creating a Minimalist Kitchen. My kitchen is a blend of cozy minimalist, warm modern, Scandinavian and SoCal design. Here are 8 tips to help you clean, declutter and embrace a little minimalism.

Have you embraced a minimalist lifestyle? What’s your favorite tip to declutter? And If you’d like to see the rest of my apartment, let me know in the comments below. Perhaps I’ll do another video in the future!

  • Liz S.

    Haha well you and I already discussed this in our DM on Instagram ;) But I’ll add this: My favorite tip to declutter is to ask myself (about any item), “For what?” Meaning, I have to ask myself why I’m keeping something; and if there’s no quick (but still gut) reaction, I put the item in the donation pile or throw-away pile. I would love to see more photos of your apartment! Obviously love the style.

    • That’s a great question to ask yourself! Sometimes we keep things out of longevity but for no other reason. Cheers to the clean, minimalist styleistas! ;) x

  • Cookilicious

    So well put! Loved the video and all the ideas. I am a huge fan of modern kitchen and truly loved your style.

  • Calleigh -The Fork Bite

    I love the simplicity yet elegant look of your kitchen. I guess its time to declutter my kitchen as there’s a lot of going right now.

  • Gina Marie

    You have my dream kitchen! 😍 My space is a lot smaller so it is definitely important for me to Me to minimalize the amount of clutter that I have awesome post again beautiful space

    • Thanks Gina! I’m fortunate that my apartment has an awesome kitchen. Closet space…not so much. So I need to focus on decluttering there as well. ;) x

  • I have such a small kitchen space that it really needs to be decluttered!!! Thank you!!!

    • I’ve always had small kitchens as well, until recently. But even with a larger kitchen, it’s important to not let those unnecessary items creep up on you! :) Glad this inspired you to declutter Deanna!

  • Kavita

    I really love the aesthetic you’ve achieved in your kitchen and agree that modern and minimalst doesn’t have to be sterile and cold. I think we have all seen examples where it is, and I think that’s where the fear comes from, but when you see it done well, as here, it reveals how calming but warm it can be.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and I agree 100%! It’s just about finding that right balance. :) x

  • Lin

    Love this post! Love your channel. Could you please do a video on kitchen essentials, like your all-clad pots and pans?

    • Thanks so much Lin! And yes – I’ve got a video planned for kitchen essentials in the future. Stay tuned! :) x

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  • Fantastic video and you know I am very versed in this subject! Our kitchens are so similar and I follow all your tips on a daily basis. Even tho I am not a food blogger, or recipe developer, I do use cooking as my therapy and grounder. I am not a gadget cook….but do have the spiralizer you recommended and absolutely love it. Than you for producing this video and your amazing photos. I will pass them on!-Laurel

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  • Kim

    Love your kitchen and organization tips!!! I would love to know what you use for freezer storage? I’m looking to get rid of my old plastic freezer containers, but haven’t had much luck with the glass wide mouth Ball containers as I’ve had a lot of breakage.

    • Thanks so much! I actually use all the Weck Jars you see in my pantry for freezing soups, stews, etc, and use rectangular glass storage containers for casseroles, chicken and other meals, like these: http://amzn.to/2ivLnDT I’ve never had either container break yet! :)

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