Downsizing Tips continued…The Kitchen!
Posted November 18th, 2015 by Moving Station

Previously, we discussed ways to prevent the task of downsizing from feeling daunting and overwhelming. This week we’re going to help you out with some more tips – this time, in the kitchen!

Odds are that in your new residence, your kitchen will be smaller than what you’re used to, but I’m sure you’ll be so busy enjoying all the meals your new community offers, or going out with your new friends, that you won’t even have time to cook at home every night!

Here are some ways to approach downsizing in your current kitchen:

-Consider how many of each item you will regularly use. You may have several souvenir coffee mugs, 8 that match your good china, 6 that match your everyday set, and a few that your grandchildren made you; but will you need all of these on a regular basis? Pick your favorites, and donate the rest.

-Since you probably won’t be doing quite as much cooking in your new home, you won’t need to keep more than one set of pots, or a Keurig coffee maker AND an 8 cup coffee pot. Think about how often you’ve used it in the last year, and how often do you think you will actually use it in the future – will you use this every day? Every week? Once a month? Once a year? If the odds are that you won’t get much use out of it, it’s okay to part with it.

-Speaking of parting with multiples, many people have duplicates of kitchen standards, such as colanders and spatulas. I, myself recently combined households and realized we have 3 colanders. The number of times that I have used more than one colander at a time = zero. Odds are that one of each standard utensil will suffice.

-While you’re going through dishes, cookware, silverware, and other utensils, don’t be afraid to break sets. You can coordinate your white floral plates with solid bowls. I often find that if you have two sets of something, you may not have a full set of each – a few bowls broken from one set, a plate missing from another. Nothing wrong with keeping your favorites, and donating the rest!

-Keep in mind any grandchildren, neighbors, nieces, nephews, etc. who are going away to college, or moving into their first apartment on their own. I’m sure they would appreciate any extra utensils or dishware that you aren’t going to be using – that all adds up to some big savings for them, and peace of mind for you that your items are going to a good home.

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