Mixing and Whipping – Day 20

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Kitchen Aid Still Life

Today we tackle the tools that mix and blend including the stand mixer, the hand held mixer, and various hand tools.  Pull out all your tools that serve these functions and consider the redundancy in your collection.  Choose your favorites and make changes as needed.  Then move the rest to the donation box and clean out your kitchen cabinet and return the remaining items neatly.

Xaver and I have just purchased a short bus and we’ll be building out the interior for our third tiny home so I’m considering the usefulness of each item right along with you.  Since we’ll be going from 125 square feet, down to 110 square feet – and it will be configured very differently – it’s not going to be a huge adjustment and we are very excited about the places we’ll visit and the people we will meet along the way.  This also serves as a reminder of why we continue to work at downsizing and it helps us to reinvigorate our efforts.  Perhaps you would appreciate a reminder of why you’re going to all the trouble to downsize or right-size your kitchen.  Today take a moment to remember the goals you had when you began this process and remember what you stand to gain.  The more we focus on the simplicity and order we gain from this process, as opposed to the losses of downsizing, the more we’ll be able to enjoy the transition.

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VINNIE 3 – our new short bus

Recently I scrolled through social media looking at photos taken by folks who have only recently gone tiny and over and over again I’m reading the joy they have in this journey.  I saw again the sense of accomplishment and enjoyment these folks have their small cozy spaces.  I have been at this for a number of years so it’s easy to forget how exciting and joyful it was at the beginning.  The feeling hasn’t changed, just the sense of newness has left me.  This new Skoolie project will bring back the sense of newness without giving up the perks of living tiny, in fact, this bus is more road worthy than any of our other homes (lol!) and I look forward to traveling the country in it.

Keep on working toward your goal.  You can do it!  I know you can!

I’m Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, reminding you that we can #LiveTiny #EmbraceSimplicity and still #EatWell.  Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!29c45-1a2bcarmen

Right-Sizing Pots & Pans – Day 10

11 SaucepansThis is one of the most rewarding parts of the kitchen to tackle because you can make a big difference pretty quickly.  Take out all of your pots and pans, and go over them with these principles in mind.  Then clean out the cabinet, and add items to your donation boxes.  You’re getting quite a collection of things to donate, aren’t you?!  Post a photo with #KitchenSimplicity and/or tag me so I get to see your progress.

As for storing these items, I’ve found that the best way for storing bulky weirdly shaped items like this is to hang them on the wall.  They take up a lot of space in a kitchen cabinet and this is a trick I learned from the Pros.  In the Tiny House Foodie kitchen the pans are hanging from a bathroom towel rack, and the lids are hanging on a curtain rod.  Of course there are options that were actually intended for pots and pans as well but use your creativity to personalize your tiny house kitchen.  Take a look around and see what you have handy and consider hanging your Right-Sized collection of pots and pans.  Items like a cast iron skillet may be a little too heavy to hang, and I keep my dutch oven on the range most of the time.

It’s time to come out of the woodwork and let me know you are following along with this video series.  Use the #KitchenSimplicity hashtag, or tweet to me @tinyhousefoodie.  I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing how this process is for you.   Thanks for watching and following along, I really appreciate it! 29c45-1a2bcarmen

Donating & Selling – Day 4

Good morning everyone and welcome to day 4 of the Right-Sizing your Kitchen Video Series.  Today we talk about selling, donating, and giving away the things in your home that no longer serve a purpose.  What is the charity in your area that supports a cause that matters to you?  What kinds of donations do they accept?  What other options do you have that are unique to your area and your values?  How can you use your extra stuff to support these missions in your community?  Prepare a few boxes for the things you no longer need and make a plan now to deliver those items to the charity of your choice.  I’d love to hear how it’s going with you, please leave a comment.  29c45-1a2bcarmen

Find Your “Why?” – Day 1

Need a little help downsizing or right-sizing your kitchen?  Follow along with my brand new video series and enjoy a new post each week-day in January, 2018.  As you do the assignment each day, you’ll work your way to a beautiful new kitchen – with or without moving to a new home.  Right-sizing never felt so good!

What’s YOUR “why?”  Let me know in the comments!  I look forward to hearing from you!  29c45-1a2bcarmen