I have done a fabulous job over the past year and a half of simplifying and decluttering my life. My clothes, books, and just general stuff has been pared down to the bare necessities. In my kitchen, I have gotten rid of all plastic and replaced it with made in the USA glassware.
BUT. The one area I am having a really hard time with is my kitchen utensils. I'm talking about serving spoons, wisks, wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs, etc. I have too many! About 4 months ago I put them all in a box and I took out what I needed over the course of two weeks. Everything left in the box was taken to the thrift store. So, I got rid of about half of them at that time.
I still feel like I have too many, though. I have two utensil crocks sitting on my counter where I store sharp knives (well out of reach of the toddler) and the things I use most often. Then, I have another drawer full of additional kitchen utensils.
If anyone has recently simplified their kitchen utensils, I would love to hear how you went about it.
What are the things y'all think are necessary to keep, and what can be parted with? How many serving spoons does one family actually need?
ALSO, I would like to talk about sharp kitchen knives. I keep my knives well out of reach of my child, but I would love to hear where everyone else stores them.
I do not own a single *good* knife - they are all really cheap and hard to deal with. So, I would like to replace them with a few high quality knives sometime in the near future. What size/kind of knives do you all think are necessary to have in your kitchen? If you could only have 3 or 4, what would they be?