I remember chatting with a friend who was absolutely flabbergasted that I don't own a food processor (since then I've gotten one of those hand held blenders that came with a tiny food processor bowl that I do use on occasion but could still live without). We get by without a vacuum cleaner (I use a non-electric sweeper), a microwave, a mop and are seriously considering getting rid of the computer and if we move and there's no dishwasher I'd be absolutely fine. I don't consider myself a minimalist, but compared to most people we own very little.
Nonetheless, as part of Lent I did some decluttering and I realized that there are some things that someone more minimalist than I would have gotten rid of, but so long as I have space for these things I'll be keeping them long term because they make my life so much easier. For me:
1) My pasta bike. Yes, I've made pasta by rolling it out by hand and cutting it. Yes, I make pasta only once a month or so. But, I love my pasta machine and Ladybug and I have so much fun using it!
2) My yogurt/kefir cheese strainer. I never bought a yogurt maker, I make it in a cooler. I resisted getting this strainer for a couple of years and did just fine making cheese with muslin. But, oh this is so easy to set up and clean up! I stick it over a bowl, pour the kefir in, when it's done I wash it with the dinner dishes and it's ready to go for next time. It takes up valuable space, but I make cream cheese so much more often now because I know that I don't have to mess with trying to rinse and then wash my cheese cloth on top of doing the dishes.
3) My swedish dough whisk and clay bakers. This has revolutionized my bread baking. I don't even really remember how I used to bake bread free form or when I had to knead it. Now I mix the dough up in the evening and bake a loaf of bread in the morning. No kneading & a perfectly shaped, crusty loaf of bread. If I absolutely had to (like for an across the world move), I'd downsize without my pasta bike and the strainer (though I would be very sad and miss them terribly), but I would never leave my bread baking supplies behind.
So, I'm curious, on this board of people who want to get rid of more and more things: what gadgets can you not live without that others might consider completely unnecessary?