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by becky last modified Jan 22, 2013

I met with clients this week who have embraced downsizing in all its glory. Including their new kitchen. This will be the 3rd house they have relocated to that is smaller than their previous house. Their kids are grown, they’ve shed the stuff they no longer use or that isn’t sentimentally valuable, and are well [...]




 

 

No microwave neededI met with clients this week who have embraced downsizing in all its glory. Including their new kitchen. This will be the 3rd house they have relocated to that is smaller than their previous house. Their kids are grown, they’ve shed the stuff they no longer use or that isn’t sentimentally valuable, and are well underway to comfortably existing in a 1500 SF home.

As for the kitchen, it’s got everything they need. And nothing more:

  1. Fridge – garden variety 20ish cubic foot capacity.
  2. Sink & dishwasher – also conventionally sized.
  3. Dual fuel range – gas up top, electric oven.
  4. Externally exhausted hood.

The house already has a good sized walk in pantry, where recycling and dry & canned foods will live, along with some bulk storage like paper towels.

We’re going with 2 parallel stretches of cabinets, one is an island for open circulation, with an ample 12″ overhang for hanging out,  reading the paper, talking about the workday, eating meals. It’s the most elegant & minimal design for simple living. It’s modern, with slab doors & drawer fronts. Modern kitchen lovers have finally come out of the woodwork here in North Carolina – yay!

The even jettisoned the microwave. They eat fresh foods daily, cooked simply. It’s definitely a trend to opt for a shelf microwave over the behemoth wall mounted models. People don’t cook with microwaves. They do one of 3 things:

  1. reheat a mug of coffee/tea, takeout or leftovers
  2. thaw frozen foods
  3. make popcorn

Here’s a great article on how to downsize stuff for getting to a smaller space. It’s pretty simple: even in the bathroom, the rule is only to keep what you use daily. I wouldn’t apply that same rule to kitchens necessarily: it’s more likely there will be sentimental candidates there, like dishes, or a favorite ladle, for example.

Still, a rule that would work, is if it doesn’t get used at least once a year, out it goes. THAT I could see applied in the kitchen. That way, some things that only see the light of day during the holidays can stay.

What’s in your cabinets?


 

 

 
 
 

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