Thursday, September 27, 2012

The List: 5 Appliances to Skip in a Small Kitchen

We live in 400 square feet, with one of the smallest kitchens I have ever seen.  This includes an under counter refrigerator, no dishwasher, and a very small counter.  Through a lot of creativity, the kitchen is not only usable, but enjoyable.  While there are some quirks that cannot be solved, many of the difficulties of living in a small space are easily avoided with some creativity. I found one of the biggest helps for this was getting rid of bulky appliances.

5 Appliances to Skip in a Small Kitchen

Microwave
Why skip it?
  • While they are handy for your leftovers, they take up a lot of space.  
  • Most offices have one, so eat your leftovers at lunch.  
  • Switch over to glass containers for your leftovers, which can be microwaved at work and popped in the oven at home.  
  • You can also use a small non-stick skillet for quicker warming.
Toaster Oven
Why skip it?
  • Use the toaster, or the oven.  
  • To go farther: use the broiler for  your toast and skip the toaster as well.
Coffee Maker
Why skip it?
  • Use a small french press, or a pour over cone like this one (you can also get a much cheaper plastic one at most large stores).  
  • You will save a lot of counter space, and have better coffee.
Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker
Why skip it?
  • They are a storage nightmare.
  • A large soup pot can be stacked easily and is light enough to hang.  Another option is a dutch oven that can be stored in the oven.
Stand Mixer
Why skip it?
  • How often do you use it?
  • You can make almost anything with a hand mixer, which is much easier to store. 
  • I will admit, this one I could not part with.
What would you skip?

1 comment:

  1. Electric pressure cooker is a must. You can use it as an oven if versed. It is hard to store taking up 1 cubic foot of space.

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