Highly Sensitive Person Kitchen, what does that even mean? Well, if you have touch sensitivity, you'll want items that feel soft or smooth. If you have a noise sensitivity, you'll want to ensure that most of the things in your kitchen don't make loud noises or squeak and are easy to use.
Muted colors will probably be the best choice to keep everything zen and items that look minimalist and aesthetically pleasing.
In 2020 we started a DIY renovation of our kitchen, creating a more open and minimalist space. Below are some items I purchased that I love after using for some time and would highly recommend.
This retro toaster is lovely and works wonderfully in a retro kitchen, especially with the white Smeg fridge. I always found toasters ugly and never wanted one on the countertop, but we make toast so much that it always stayed there.
This time, I found one that looks great and toasts just right! I purchased the four-slice one, and it does not feel bulky or in the way on the countertop.
While toasting, it allows you to lift the toast to see how toasted they are without stopping the toasting cycle. The toaster also has a removable heating bracket where you can heat plates, cakes, etc. For easy clean-up, there is a removable crumb tray.
I have always wanted a Smeg fridge, and finally, during our kitchen remodel, we purchased a white one. The freezer section of the Smeg fridge has three drawers with no ice maker.
I did not want to buy a tray for ice as it would have to balance on whatever was in the drawers, which might not always work. While looking for something, I came across this icebox and thought, what a brilliant idea.
It feels modern and retro at the same time, and the look is very appealing. Plus, it works great. You make ice on the tray at the top and then put it in the box until the container is full. When complete, it holds 132 ice cubes; it’s simple, stylish, and works great.
In living a minimalist lifestyle, it’s important to find items that perform several different functions. This dish rack & trivet does precisely that!
Made of stainless steel and covered in premium food-grade silicone, it’s non-slip and heat resistant up to 400 degrees.
It’s large at 20.5” x 13” and rolls up for easy storage, so you don’t end up with a big dish drying rack on your countertop. It’s long enough to easily fit across the sink with room to spare.
It doesn’t move around, so you don’t have to worry about your dishes. In addition to a drying rack, you can roll this over your sink and use it as a strainer to wash fruits and vegetables.
You can use it as a trivet for hot plates or utensils. The great thing here is that it feels lovely; the silicone is soft to the touch and easy to roll up; it’s a pleasure to use.
In the past, I never found any collapsible storage containers that I liked. I decided to try these as I wanted to move to silicone or glass containers for our food storage.
These worked out better than I thought they would. They collapse easily and store in such a tidy manner; they take up barely any space in the cabinet.
I liked them so much I didn’t buy any glass containers and just have a second set of these.
As an HSP, anything made of silicone feels lovely; I want everything to be made of silicone. I hope in five or ten years; we don’t hear that somehow silicone is toxic for us, and we should never have been using it.
The paper placemats come in pads, include 24 sheets, and measure approx. 18.5″ x 12.5″. You can reuse these a few times, depending on how bad your dinner guests are.
They look quite posh when you set a full dinner table with chargers etc. which you wouldn’t think would be the case with paper.
These, however, are made with high-quality heavy paper and are worth every penny.
To produce less waste, I purchased these glass spray bottles as containers for my homemade cleaning products.
They are sturdy, and inexpensive and since they are a set of six, they cover what you need. They also come with black tops if you want to use some of them for something other than a sprayer.
I also bought silicone bottoms to protect the bottles, and you can find those here.
At the same time, I purchased the spray bottles, I also purchased these 18oz glass beverage bottles in a set of six. Both sets are so inexpensive and worth it.
As with the spray bottles, I bought silicone covers to protect them. These were such a great purchase, and we use them constantly; plus they are great for guests.
The silicone covers are in different colors, so we always know which bottle is ours on any particular day. The silicone covers I purchased are here.
How cute is this penguin! It looks lovely sitting in the fridge and adds some character to what would otherwise be an ugly box of baking soda.
All you do is pull off the top, add in some baking soda, put the top back on, and it’s ready for the fridge.
It doesn’t take up a lot of room and is only four inches tall. The description on Amazon said it’s a durable, high-impact container, so if you drop it, nothing should break.
The True Natured Co. sells these great mesh shopping bags, which come in a set of seven.
Made with 100% biodegradable natural cotton and muslin with a wooden closure, they are reusable, machine washable, and take up no room in your car.
These are wonderful if you go to the local farmers' market where you can use the different sizes for different types of produce.
The set includes one mesh grocery bag, three vegetable and fruit mesh bags, and three smaller-sized bags.
I was surprised at the quality of this manual corkscrew wine bottle opener since it was so inexpensive.
It came in a lovely box and is a soft brushed gold color; it looks antique and like something you may have inherited. It’s pretty heavy and feels substantial when you are using it.
I have always had problems opening a wine bottle, but for some reason, this one works perfectly for me. I like the old-fashioned look and feel of this opener.
In keeping with the retro minimalist style, I found this lovely vintage-looking wedge cast iron door stopper to help our patio doors.
This is one of the few doorstops made from recycled metal that look pretty on the floor.
They are four inches wide, just under eight inches high, and pretty heavy, so they work well. I use two of these in antique white to hold the patio doors open in the afternoon.
Blue Zones are regions of the world where a higher than usual number of people live much longer than average and are healthiest.
Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder, is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author.
This book contains recipes from each of the regions listed above, and since most highly sensitive people also have highly sensitive stomachs, this book is a great resource.
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