The minimalist kitchen

The New York Times ran an interesting feature in which food columnist Mark Bittman explained how one could outfit a functional, well-equipped kitchen for less than $300. Even though this article was published in 2007, it is still relevant and helpful.

If you’ll be moving out on your own, you could turn this into a shopping list or a source for ideas for your wedding gift registry. If your kitchen counters and cupboards are overflowing, you might consider using this article as a reality check for the things you already own. If you have all kinds of kitchen accessories you don’t use, and they’re not on this list, you might want to consider getting rid of them.

Particularly interesting is a section at the end of the article where Bittman lists several “inessentials”:

STAND MIXER Unless you’re a baking fanatic, it takes up too much room to justify it. A good whisk or a crummy handheld mixer will do fine.

BONING/FILLETING KNIVES Really? You’re a butcher now? Or a fishmonger? If so, go ahead, by all means. But I haven’t used my boning knife in years. (It’s pretty, though.)

WOK Counterproductive without a good wok station equipped with a high-B.T.U. burner. (There’s a nice setup at Bowery Restaurant Supply for $1,400 if you have the cash and the space.)

However, if an item on this “inessential” list is one that you use regularly (be honest here), or saves you time and effort, by all means keep it.

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  • An uncluttered liquor cabinet in time for New Year’s Eve
    Similar to traditional food pantries and linen closets, most liquor cabinets have a bad habit of things going into them faster than items coming out. Before you know it, you’ll find you have three open bottles of vermouth, two dripping bottles of Rose’s lime juice and another of the grenadine, and five bottles of the exact same type of gin. (Well, at least this is what I found lingering in my liquor cabinet.)

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  • Organizing a home gym
    If you’re someone who is looking to workout more in the new year, the following are tips on how to get your fitness equipment in order so you can begin your workouts in a comfortable, organized space.

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  • Getting organized for the new year
    At the start of every year, I get a new notebook and copy all of my lists from the old notebook into the new. The lists help keep me organized, but the process is a terrific way to prepare for the next year.

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  • Uncluttering isn’t for everyone
    As much as your uncluttering strategies and techniques have made a positive change in your life, don’t think about your way of living as being better than how other people choose to live their lives. Think of an uncluttered life as being easier for you.

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  • 2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate generosity
    Instead of tangible gifts, which have been the focus of our Guide in 2011, we are recommending a service as the ultimate gift of generosity. We suggest getting your favorite unclutterer a few hours of consultation, uncluttering, and organizing with a professional organizer.

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  • Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
    At first glance, I felt that The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was like many of the other organizing books that I have read, but she does provide good advice for people who have intense sentimental attachments to everyday items.

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  • 2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Organizing products
    Giving organizing products as gifts can be tricky. If not done in a polite manner, you can end up hurting someone’s feelings. However, if a person on your list has expressed interest in receiving a gift with an organizing theme, it can be a welcomed present.

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  • Chicago book signing and meet and greet
    December 28, 2009. 4-7 pm (come when convenient, we’re just hanging out). The Book Cellar. 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Technically, this is the first stop on my Unclutter Your Life in One Week book tour. However, I’m thinking about it as a book signing and an Unclutterer meet and greet. Unclutterer team members PJ, Brian, Gary, and I will all be able to make it to this event.
  • iPhone alarm clocks
    My husband and I need a new alarm clock and, after many deliberations, we have decided to go with a unit that works in conjunction with our iPhones. Since the units are all multi-functional (they’re all chargers, and all but the first include speakers), I thought I would share with you our finalists.
  • PDFs and t-shirts: New in the Unclutterer store
    Introducing the new internal Unclutterer store. Available are two t-shirts: “Simplicity is revolutionary” and “Less is more.” Also available are the seven worksheet PDFs that accompany the book Unclutter Your Life in One Week.

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  • 2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Light and power
    Extremely practical gifts like LED light bulbs, motion sensor switches, very slowly depleting rechargeable batteries, and a deplete, refresh, charge and test battery charger make it into this year’s uncluttered gift giving suggestions.

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Unclutterer’s 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: The ultimate uncluttered gift

Never Too Busy to Cure ClutterThis year’s Ultimate Gift is obvious for anyone who follows Unclutterer on Twitter or readers who have been with us since roughly this time last year, but it might take the rest of you by surprise. This year’s selection is Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter the next organizing, cleaning, and uncluttering book by me, Unclutterer’s Editor-in-Chief Erin Rooney Doland.

PRE-ORDER TODAY

Before I say anything more, I want to start by thanking all of our awesome Unclutterer readers because without you this project wouldn’t exist. After years of reading your emails and comments, I noticed that being busy is a huge obstacle to becoming more organized and dealing with clutter for so many people (myself included). I wrote Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter in such a way that if you only have 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or (if you’re lucky) 15 minutes, you can find a task that works with the time you have available.

To thank Unclutterer readers for inspiring the topic of this book, I want to offer you all something in return. I wish that I could give you a discount on the book, but the publishers and retailers have a tight lock on that part of the process. So, here is a special bonus that I can give without ruffling any feathers:

If you order Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter online before it is available in stores January 26, I will e-mail you a bonus chapter for free, as a special bonus. The chapter is about resolution and goal setting and provides concrete strategies for helping to achieve your goals. All you need to do is simply fill out the form to redeem your bonus chapter. For those of you who have already ordered the book, feel welcome to fill out the form to get your bonus chapter.

All chapters will be e-mailed starting on Monday, November 30.

I have decided to do this promotion on the honor system. I am trusting you and taking your word for it that you ordered the book. And, along those same lines of the honor system, I’m also requesting that no one posts this chapter online after you receive it. I want to offer something special just for Unclutterer readers, so I hope that you respect my requests.

This is a limited offer and it will disappear the night of December 16 from the website.

Between now and January 26, I’ll be sharing some of the book’s content on the site and answering your questions about the book (for example: yes, there is a digital version of the book if you want to read it on your Kindle or other e-reader and the book is being published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, so you will be able to find it through most major retailers in the US, Canada, and the UK).

For obvious reasons, I think this book will make a terrific gift for you and everyone in your life because I know you’re all busy. And, it will be delivered at a time when the madness of the holidays is over and people can actually open it up and find something to do right now. You can learn even more about the content of Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter on the page I’ve created for it on the site. Also, the book is gorgeous — the designers at William Morrow are geniuses.

Thank you, again, for being such wonderful readers and making all of this possible and I hope you all enjoy and benefit from the content of the text.

You can pre-order your copy today through these major retailers: