Journey to Essentialism: Kitchen & Cleaning Supplies

The kitchen. A place where the ‘one-off, one/purpose’ gadgets are plenty. This was one of the more difficult areas to ‘minimize’ but I believe I struck a good balance between essential items and nice-to-haves. Let’s take a look at the essentials list that I ended up with. I feel there is still opportunity to refine even further, but hey, it’s a process.

  • 2 Saucer Pans
  • 2 Pots
  • 3 Pot covers
  • 1 Tea maker
  • 1 Juicer
  • 1 Sous-vide cooker
  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 4 Knives
  • 2 Spatulas
  • 1 Can opener
  • 1 Pasta spoon
  • 1 Kitchen scissors
  • 1 Cup
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Plate
  • 1 Fork
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Butter knife
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Measuring cup
  • 2 Pot Holders
  • 1 Water cooler

Now onto cleaning supplies. After doing an assessment of the cleaning supplies I realized just how harsh all those chemicals were. Those chemicals have to go somewhere and usually they harm the environments where they end up (rivers, lakes, and even ground water). After researching this I made the decision to start making my own cleaning supplies. These include materials that are not harmful to the environments they eventually end up in. They would taste like shit, but technically you could drink them.

  • 1 Homemade all purpose cleaner
  • 1 Homemade glass cleaner
  • 1 Homemade bathroom cleaner (shower and toilet)
  • 1 Homemade floor cleaner
  • 1 Natural sponge
  • 1 Bucket
  • 1 Mop
  • 1 Broom
  • 1 Dust pan
  • 1 Dyson vacuum
  • 1 Carpet cleaner
  • 1 Microfiber rag