In the typical kitchen, you loose a lot of counter and cupboard space to things that aren't really necessary. Rethink some of these kitchen basics and take back your space. You may be able to get rid of them completely or streamline to something more modern and smaller.
The Microwave Oven
We ditched our microwave oven over four years ago. And, we don't miss it one bit. A microwave is a serious counter hog. And, each microwave we purchased seemed to break within a couple of years. Getting rid of it became one of the best decisions my husband and I ever made. Not only did we get back that valuable counter space, but we stopped having to spend money to replace something that is a bit controversial. Granted, I realize that ya'll are going to think I'm a bit crazy for posting this, but I've read too many articles that basically say microwave ovens are the greatest experiment on the general population ever. They've become so accepted in our society, they are hardly questioned anymore.
But, there are a few brave souls who do question their safety. Dr. Mercola is against microwave use and supports his view in this article, "Why did the Russians ban an appliance found in 90% of American homes?". Even the government can not definitively say they are safe. From the FDA's (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) website, "Less is known about what happens to people exposed to low levels of microwaves. Controlled, long-term studies involving large numbers of people have not been conducted to assess the impact of low level microwave energy on humans." After much reading, my husband and I decided to stop being guinea pigs, save the counter space and the money and get rid of the microwave oven. In all honesty, it doesn't take all that long to heat water for tea or make popcorn without a microwave anyway. We are capable of cooking without it.
The Counter Top Stereo
How old is your stereo? Remember in the 1980s when we all had boom boxes? My mother-in-law recently got rid of her counter top stereo. It was an old-style stereo with two, detached (large) speakers and a turntable. Do you remember how big those things were? She lost a huge section of counter to it. She replaced it with a modern radio that attaches underneath the cabinet. This is what we have in our kitchen, too. It's a great space saver.
Do you have fine china dishes? Do you use them? Lots of us have china that takes up cupboard space and never gets used. If it's something you love, then, by all means, hang on to it. But, try to bring it out and use it. Even if it isn't technically a special occasion, use the nice dishes anyway. You only live once! You may as well eat off of your good dishes! If your fancy tableware is unused and is not sentimental in anyway, then consider donating or selling it. Carol commented yesterday that she donated a set of nice dishes to her church. What a great idea!
When you're decluttering, you need to think outside the box to truly pare down your possessions. If a microwave oven doesn't work for you, there's no one saying you need to keep it. Likewise with your fancy dishes or your old-style stereo. What atypical things can you think of to declutter?