Streamlining Your Space: Tips for Downsizing Your Kitchen as an Empty-Nester

As an empty-nester, you may be considering downsizing your home to reduce maintenance costs and simplify your lifestyle. One area that may require particular attention is your kitchen, as it is often the heart of the home and a significant contributor to your overall living space. Here are some tips for downsizing your kitchen as an empty-nester.

Assess Your Current Needs

Before you start downsizing, take stock of your current kitchen and what you actually use on a regular basis. Consider your appliances, cookware, and utensils. Do you have duplicates of items you rarely use? Are there appliances or specialty gadgets that have never been used or used only once? Do you need multiple sets of dishes, glasses, or silverware? Are there bulky items taking up valuable counter space that you rarely use?

Answering these questions will help you identify which items to keep and which to donate, sell, or discard. Be realistic and practical, and remember that you can always buy or borrow items you may need for special occasions.

Optimise Your Storage Space

Once you have identified which items you will keep, think about how to optimise your storage space. Consider installing adjustable shelves, pull-out drawers, or sliding baskets in your cabinets to make the most of your vertical and horizontal space. Use hooks or magnetic strips to store knives and other utensils on your backsplash or walls. Use drawer organisers to keep your flatware, utensils, and small gadgets tidy.

Use your existing space more efficiently by storing items by frequency of use. Keep frequently used items in easy-to-reach spots, such as near the stove or prep area. Store infrequently used items on higher shelves or in harder-to-reach spots.

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Invest in Multifunctional Appliances

Consider investing in appliances that can perform multiple functions, such as a combination microwave-convection oven or a toaster oven that can also air-fry and bake. This can help you save space and eliminate the need for multiple appliances. Similarly, invest in high-quality cookware and utensils that can be used for a variety of tasks, rather than having separate items for each.

Consider Your Dining Needs

As an empty-nester, you may no longer need a large dining table or a full set of dining chairs. Consider downsizing your dining table or replacing it with a smaller, more flexible option, such as a drop-leaf or extendable table. Alternatively, you may want to consider a counter-height table or bar stools for a more casual dining experience.

You may also want to consider downsizing your dishware and glassware to match your new dining needs. A set of four to six plates, bowls, and glasses may be sufficient for your needs, rather than a larger set.

Get Creative with Storage

If you find that you still have more items than space, consider getting creative with your storage options. Install a pegboard or a hanging pot rack to store your pots and pans, freeing up cabinet space. Use a rolling cart or a kitchen island with built-in storage to add extra counter space and storage. Consider using a bookcase or a wall-mounted shelf to store cookbooks or decorative items.

In conclusion, downsizing your kitchen as an empty nester requires a careful assessment of your current needs and an optimisation of your storage space. By being realistic, practical, and creative, you can create a functional and efficient kitchen that meets your needs and simplifies your lifestyle.

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Rightsize Your Home: The Empty Nester’s Guide to a Stress-Free Downsize

Belinda leaves no stone unturned, in a quest to answer all your downsizing questions and help you overcome the fear and challenges that it so often presents. Belinda and expert contributors covered all aspects of Downsizing with proven tips and strategies for planning a stress-free Downsize so you can feel more positive about your next move. Belinda’s experience and qualifications in this niche property market position her as a leading authority.

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We have 3 online courses to help you get started in your Rightsizing journey.

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Shifting Your Mindset ($27)

This course helps you understand what you’re thinking and how to think about blockers.  It’s ‘mindset’ talk from the people that know!  The ones who’ve done it!

Empty nesters often find themselves with too much home and things, and not enough time. They may also feel like they need to downsize, but the prospect of packing up a lifetime’s worth of memories can be overwhelming. In order to move forward, it is important you shift your mindset from ‘you’ll never get rid of all this stuff to ‘it’s time’. These online courses will help you sort through the clutter in your home and set aside things that mean a lot – the rest will be given away, sold, upcycled, or discarded. The goal is to create less stress and more organisation, which in turn helps you live more comfortably. 

It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone, but once you do, moving on will be easier than ever before. Join this course to learn how to downsize without going crazy, so you can make room for the things that really matter most.

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The Declutter Challenge ($47)

Online courses for empty nesters are becoming more and more popular. This type, of course, is great because it allows the person to start and stop whenever they please, which can be especially helpful when you’re working with a busy schedule. The course also teaches you how to move through the decluttering process in a strategic manner and maintain your well-being. We offer experience, tips, and insights on what types of things should go first and which ones can wait, as well as provide strategies for staying focused. Some even include downloadable workbooks that allow you to work at your own pace without having to watch videos or read long blog posts. When it comes to online courses for empty nesters, this one is my favourite. It’s easy to follow and gives you step-by-step instructions on where to begin if you don’t know where to start.

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Adding Value to Your Family Home ($197)

This is how you make the cash!  You’ve worked hard for this home, make it work hard for you!

You can use this online course to help prepare your home for sale, so you can attract the right buyers and maximise your profit when selling. You can also learn how to stage your home.

The last thing you want to do is to incur major expenses because of a poorly staged home! Be sure that every area of your home is professionally set up. One mistake can take away from all the positive effects staging has on properties. 

Find out more about our Online Courses here.

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