My most difficult space to streamline is probably the kitchen. I am no gourmet cook, and I don't have a ton of unitasker appliances lurking on every inch of countertop or behind cabinet doors. But I do cook often, including baking bread (in the oven, not a bread machine), pies, and cookies. As an occupational therapist, I think kitchen activities are an excellent way to work on motor and coordination skills, so I often include my own kids when I cook. And of course they love love love it, and it keeps them busy, out of trouble, and away from the t.v.
I also have an addiction to containers, so it's hard to part with bowls, tupperware, and other organization-friendly items. And finally, Pampered Chef stuff is cool. The only reason I don't have more of it is that I hate going to the parties. But that is another one of my quirky issues that doesn't need to be dealt with in this forum.
So, all that to say I can usually justify holding on to kitchen items. But again, my pseudo kitchen in this temporary living space doesn't have much. And I haven't needed much. I posted a while back about some silicone covers we have that take the place of plastic wrap and turn most anything into a lidded storage container. I have 4 different sizes, and I have found that I don't really need tupperware. I make use of bowls, mugs, and even plates to store leftovers in the refrigerator, and it has been working out just fine. With no dishwasher here, we don't want a lot of dishes piling up anyway, so we haven't needed more than the set of six plates, bowls, and cups in the cabinet. I use one water glass throughout the day, and I immediately wash my toddler's cup when she is finished so it is ready for next time she needs it. I make pretty simple meals, but they are complete, healthy, and tasty.
I think my kitchen needs will continue to be scaled down when we move into our new house. I only miss a few appliances:
-our rice cooker- a staple in our house, which doubles as a slow cooker (my favorite is steel cut oats put in the night before with the timer set)
-a toaster, although I have toasted bread pretty easily on the stove here
-a blender, but I am switching to a stick blender that can also be used as a food processor (I puree a lot of veggies into sauces for the picky eater in the family)
I will have an oven, so I will once again use baking dishes, but I only brought a couple because the ovens here are tiny. I am going to try baking bread on a small piece of stoneware rather than my usual pizza stone. It should work fine, but I might have to make two small loaves at a time instead of one large loaf. I am not sure how I will bake cookies, because cookie sheets won't fit in the oven. Maybe I will try to use the same small stoneware pan.
I may have to amend this in the future, as I get settled in my new kitchen. But for now, this list looks good.
Next up: the toys!