Our simple kitchen is simple, yet functional for our family of 6. It is not exactly a typical minimalist kitchen aesthetic. We try to keep it very minimal in that we only have what we use. I hope that you enjoy the photo tour of it. This kitchen is basically the same as when we moved here a decade ago. We only painted the walls. Eventually we would love to paint the walls and cabinets white though. I also kind of love the green countertops, even though I hated them at first.
This is my Great Grandmothers hutch. We keep our dishes, and silverware in here. It also serves our office space, since we do not have an office. So the bottom half is where our paperwork, and the kids art supplies are. Fun story about this hutch: my Grandma told us grandkids whoever got married first would receive her Mother’s hutch. Well I was the first one, so here it is.
This is the silverware drawer that is in the hutch. We like having it close to the table.
Some Things We Have Decluttered
We have decluttered our crock pot, because we never used it. I prefer to use our roasting pan, and cook things in the oven. We use our roasting pan weekly to bake chicken in. We also got rid of a lot of coffee cups, and plates. We had way more than we use. We now only have 8 salad plates, and 8 dinner plates. We also keep my Great Grandmothers china in the hutch that I will bring out for holidays.
This photo shows most of everything that goes in here. It is missing a couple bowels, and a few plates. These are the items kept in the top of the hutch.
To the right of the hutch we keep a small container of dog food, our robot vacuum, a plant, and dog bowels. I love the light that comes through here during the day.
Over top of the fridge we keep our emergency items such as candles, batteries, battery chargers, battery operated fans, lamp, propane stove, and propane. On top of the cabinets we keep some extra jars for some canning we hope to do, and for storing food. We also, keep a stock pot that we make soup in. Then we have a dutch oven that we use for making soups, and plan to make bread in.
This is our medicine cabinet which is to the right of the fridge. I am not someone who likes having containers for organizing. It also has our vitamins inside, and our nebulizer machine for our son who has asthma.
Cabinets to the right of the sink
This is underneath the sink in the kitchen. We have storage bags, trash bags, soaps, and cleaners. Again we are not super worried about organization, as much as we want to only keep what we use.
To the right of the kitchen sink on the bottom drawer we keep some dish towels, an oven mitt, and one bib. The silicone bib is excellent. We only own two of those, and one we keep in my son’s seat. They are easy to rinse clean after each use. We only have one oven mitt. I got rid of a lot of dish towels that were simply just excessive. So we just have the amount we need. I think it is like 8 hand towels, and 2 dish towels.
This is our coffee and tea drawer where we keep coffee supplies, honey, and tea cans. That is also an espresso machine that you can put on the stove.
Our Spoon and Kitchen Gadget Drawer
These are our measuring cups, spoons, pizza cutter, can opener, garlic press, lighter, candles, spoons, spatulas, peeler, and small hand grater. We use all of these items weekly. We keep so many spoons for holidays when family comes over. We end up using all of them at once. Also, we have a potato masher in this drawer that we use by hand.
This cabinet above all the drawers I just showed has storage bowels/containers, appetizer bowels, lids, water bottles, a to go coffee mug, bottles, sippy cups, cutting boards, and some holiday serving items. The red bag is all of our essential oils. We have two sippy cups and 3 glass bottles. It is super important to us not to have any plastic if necessary. So we ended up hardly having any plastic kitchen items.
This is our pots and pans cabinet. It also holds a glass measuring cup, and our roasting pan. One of our pots that we use for things like boiling pasta is not photographed here. Also, one small pot for making rice is not here, and one frying pan. All of these things were all in the dishwasher. I had to take all these photos when the light was good, so I had to get them as they were.
Welcome to the pantry. We do not have a designated pantry closet. So this is where we keep most of our canned and dry goods, in our lazy Susan.
We keep our potatoes, beans, and rice in the cabinet next to the lazy Susan.
The cabinet above the potatoes we have mixing bowls, sugar, butter, and our coffee maker with supplies. On the counter top, below this, we keep an electric kettle, paper towels, and diffuser. We also keep a wooden box with baking supplies, and bread. We keep the dinner plates on top, because often just use salad plates to eat on daily.
The drawer above the potatoes we keep our teas. The kids actually love to drink tea as well, so we often are drinking tea.
This part of our food items is in a closet in the hallway. This closet serves as storage for our extra paper towels, toilet paper, linens, and the kids snacks.
In the drawer below the oven we have a cup cake tin, and pizza pans which are also our baking pans. We have had these pans for like the entire 14 years we have been married.
Above the microwave is our blender, and grill tongs.
To the right of the microwave is our spice cabinet. We also keep oils in here as well.
This is the dreaded junk drawer in our kitchen. I made it a small drawer on purpose, so we cannot store much in there. It holds sunscreen, nail clippers, scissors, and chargers. It often ends up holding random odds and ends.
This is the cabinet next to the oven. It has all our baking dishes. We use all of these during holidays, and use them quite often throughout the year to bake meat or casseroles in.
Well There You Have it, Our Simple Kitchen!
I hope you enjoyed this tour. We have tried hard to make sure the items are exactly what we need. I am often getting rid of an item if it is not being used regularly.
10 Items that Most Kitchens Have That we do Not
- A Crock Pot-We put things in our roaster in the oven or cook low on the stove
- An Instapot
- An Electric Mixer-We just use a spoon
- Rice Maker
- Toaster Oven- We just use a toaster or the oven
- Waffle Iron
- Lemon Squeezer- We use our hands
- Baby Food Maker- We just give him what we eat