Three Ways I’m Minimising in April

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

I used to enjoy food preparation. I used to cook and bake regularly. But those days seem to be behind me, at least for the moment. In 2013 I visited Turkey and some Greek islands. Eating the simple foods of those regions changed my attitude towards cooking. When I returned from that trip, I had no desire to cook. I thought my lack of enthusiasm was just a phase, but four years on I still have no desire to cook. Recently I decided it was time to minimise my cupboards, pantry and fridge.

1. No baking supplies. I cannot remember the last time I baked. It certainly has not happened in the last sixteen months of living in this apartment. My baking supplies included different types of flour, sugar, raising agents, trays, bowls, mixers and miscellanea that have just been sitting there, unused, for years. When I looked through all the perishables, I realised everything was out of date. It was time to let it all go. I live in a suburb full of delicious food options. If I ever have the craving to eat a baked thing, I’ll find it. If I ever get the desire to bake a whole tray of something, I’ll purchase these items again. It was strangely difficult to remove the baking supplies from my kitchen. The removal caused a sadness. I put the uncomfortable feelings down to accepting that my life had changed since I last baked. Anyway, I eventually realised the loss of these items is not that bad. If I ever have any feelings of loss associated with something I want to remove from my life, I remove it from sight and let it sit in storage for a while. Eventually the items lose their hold over me and I feel comfortable letting them go.

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Still in boxes… But I owned them for at least a decade.

2. No meat. While I enjoy eating meat, I am not committed to consuming it on a daily basis. Historically my meat preparation has been somewhat disappointing and not particularly enjoyable. In recent months I have given up on cooking it altogether. Mine is now a meat-free fridge. I find that as I get older I don’t crave calorie rich comfort dinners on a daily basis. As I have been minimising my belongings, I have also tried to minimise my routines. I have been working on reducing the variety of items I purchase at the supermarket each week. Groceries these days consist of salad ingredients, bread, cheese and fruits. All of these ingredients are simple to prepare and delicious. Eating a cooked meal out when I feel like it, rather than cooking regularly out of habit, saves me a lot of time and energy.

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Mostly cheese and veg in my fridge

3. No almost empty packets. I consider myself to be a person who does not like waste, and as such, I always hold onto foods and products until they are totally gone. I think being considerate of all resources, no matter what your budget, is a smart (and respectful) way to live. I did, however, have a bunch of almost empty packets of food that I hadn’t touched in months. I had small portions of things like couscous, arborio rice and lentils. Considering my acceptance of my waning enthusiasm for cooking, these needed to go. Please note that when I decluttered my pantry, I found homes for products that were still edible. I believe it is really important to dispose of all our unwanted things responsibly.    

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My food takes up two pantry shelves


23 thoughts on “Three Ways I’m Minimising in April

  1. It’s interesting to hear you talk about sadness when you get rid of things because I’m the kind of person who gets emotionally attached to objects – even old pairs of jeans that I’ll never wear again! I guess that’s part of the challenge of minimalism!

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  2. Really good to read! I remember moving out of a house a few years ago, and I had so many hardly used items like obscure flours and vinegars. I definitely now keep to weekly shops, and only buy certain multi use oils and sauces I know I always use.

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  3. very nice post… i think one of the first things i simplified was my kitchen and cooking habits… I never realized how much time cooking and eating can take up

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  4. Hi there, I found this such an interesting post. I’ve also noticed a link between minimalism and food and I found the pictures of your fridge strangely restful! For me, it has been impossible to apply minimalism to my wardrobe without thinking about what other aspects of my life could benefit. Clutter assumes many forms! Have a good day, Lorraine (Minimal-Lol)

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  5. I love what you have done in your kitchen. I used to be a baker, even had a baking business for a time. You can imagine how much baking equipment I had. Then one day I woke up and no longer had any desire to bake. It took me a few years to become fully free and emotionally unattached, so I could convince myself to let go of all my supplies, and admit that, indeed, I would never need all these supplies anymore. It has been well over a decade now since I divested myself of the last of my supplies, and I can say that I never missed any of them. There is still no desire to bake, even though I love home baked goods. Once in a blue moon I do make homemade chocolate chip cookies (maybe once a year). I have the bare minimum supplies now, (one bowl, one wooden spoon, one cookie sheet, one cooling rack) and I may even let these go soon. I also no longer really cook. What you buy, is pretty much what I buy also. Thanks for your inspiration. I love your blog!

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  6. I’ve been thinking about giving away/donating my baking supplies. I haven’t baked in about 3 years and I was almost about to get rid of them all but I realised that I stopped baking because my oven wouldn’t bake properly. We’re getting a new oven in a few months so I’m going to hold on to them until then and see if a proper working oven reignites my desire to bake. If not, I’ll be perfectly content in throwing out those items.
    I did massively declutter our kitchen drawers though. We entertain a lot but I’ve got our cutlery down to 8 of each (down from about 20) 3 tongs (different sizes) and one of everything else. Cutting this down has forced me to do my dishes more often rather than waiting a couple of days and to be honest it does make doing the dishes a quicker and easier job.

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  7. Very interesting post! I personally have never thought of minimizing my food/pantry! I always have tons of food, but I cook a lot. I have been trying to get rid of dishes and cookware and such. I have like triple what I need. But i feel bad tossing it all out. Thanks for posting! It’s an inspiration for me to finish thinning out my kitchen area 🙂

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  8. I am feeling the urge to offload baking things, but then i feel guilty as I ‘think” I should be baking more with Tiddler as an activity, but at the moment don’t have time to bake as am busy doing other activities with her. Result, all those cake tins lying unused in the cupboards…..
    When the weather is good I’d rather be out making mud pies in the garden than making pies stuck in the kitchen!

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  9. I’ve just decluttered/re-organised my pantry. It’s got a LOT of food and ingredients due to Chef Boyfriend, so I couldn’t minimise the contents, but I could minimise the packaging and the space used up by all those boxes and bags.
    Investing in some really nice, stackable CLEAR containers, as well as some cute chalkboard labels that I can reuse has also saved the issue of the “almost-empty packets”, because I can open the next packet and empty it into the nearly-empty clear container. I can also label use-by dates and other info that gets lost when I throw away the packaging.
    Hopefully my container system will lead to more “waste-free” shopping – heading to weigh and pay stores or markets and buying only the quantities I need, to be stored in containers. There is so much plastic and paper waste when buying from normal supermarkets.

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  10. Becoming more minimalistic in the kitchen feels like a daunting task for me, having grown up in a small town with a big family. My fiancé and I want to go towards a more minimal kitchen since it is just 3 of us now (the two of us and his mom) but bringing the topic up with her is incredibly difficult. We bought her a whole new pot and pan set so she could get rid of her old ones but never did. I don’t even want to go into what the pantry looks like. Hopefully we can try to get the conversation started because none of us really have time to cook. Thank you for the motivation and great post 🙂

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  11. Coming from a childhood of saving everything and accumulating, I find myself more and more attracted to the minimalist lifestyle. I am enjoying your posts! I purchased my parent’s home after their passing and the purging continues these 5+ years later. Much enjoyed coming here to read your post.

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    1. My childhood was the same. I’m trying to get my mum to downsize now so I don’t have to deal with it later, but she comes from a history of poverty, and the idea of giving things away seems pretty insane to her. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  12. My mother always saved things “just in case,” so it’s difficult for me to get rid of things. However, I’m starting to donate things I don’t use on a regular basis. The biggest hurdle is convincing my husband to do the same (I finally got rid of a deep fryer he bought that we only used once a year, and he replaced it).

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