Capsule . . . Kitchen?
I’m an ENFP, an enthusiast, and a quick-starter. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, suffice it to say that when I get excited about something, I jump in with both feet and ride the wave of energy for as long as it will last.
I was sold on the capsule wardrobe concept the first day that I stumbled across it on Pinterest. That afternoon I cleaned out my closet and called my mom and best friend and convinced them both to try doing a capsule wardrobe too. I plowed through all the steps on the Cladwell Capsules app and within a few weeks my Spring capsule was complete and I was basking in the awesomeness of a simple, customized wardrobe. My capsule wardrobe project was done for the moment, but the initial buzz of the magic of minimalism still hadn’t worn off and I found myself looking around for what else I could declutter and simplify next.
And there it was. The fridge with its shadowy corners filled with fermenting leftovers; the pantry with four opened bags of brown sugar; the endless search for the next, life-changing recipe; and the weekly, self-induced shame of going wayyyy over our grocery budget goal. If there was any area of my life that was just as fundamental and in need of simplification as my wardrobe, it was my kitchen—the entire process of feeding myself and my family.
I obsessively brainstormed about how I could apply both the concepts that helped me create a customized capsule wardrobe and some of the goal-setting wisdom from Allison’s wheelhouse, and I came up with a strategy for simplifying my meal-planning process and reducing excess in my weekly grocery shopping. When I took it for a test run I managed to cut our grocery spending in half the first week and sustained that trend for the two months since! In upcoming posts I’m excited to share all the details and steps in the process to create a Capsule Kitchen that will help you:
- Recognize your kitchen-related tendencies, needs, and goals and make your kitchen work for you.
- Clean out, declutter, organize, and take inventory of your fridge, freezer, and pantry.
- Make a customized list of your household’s kitchen capsule staples and shop for them in the most efficient way.
- Add variety to your capsule staples without creating waste.
- Streamline weekly meal-planning to use your capsule ingredients in a variety of ways for a tasty and satisfying weeks-worth of meals that reduces waste of time and resources.
- Adapt recipes to use ingredients that you already have rather than buying ingredients that only work for one recipe.
More to come!