Day 14 – Zero Waste Living – Do You Have an “Airbnb-Clean” Kitchen?

Is your kitchen airbnb-clean?

I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.

The first step in my family of four will be to start with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson . We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 14

We are still on zero waste living step 2, reduce. We are still in the kitchen. We have gone through drawers and selected what we need to stay. We have also decided to replace many things with high-quality alternatives to make sure we do not have to replace them again – ever. But there are still too many things.

Not what I call airbnb-clean

To have a beautiful kitchen with just right amount of stuff is the dream of many. But where are your level of just right? I like to easily get an overview and also to know that I have the expert tools I need to work easily and with joy in my kitchen.

During vacation when we rented a dream cottage on an island in Sweden I experienced what I came to refer to as “airbnb-clean”.

It was a beautiful spot in a nature reserve and on the inside, the dream continued for me, especially in the kitchen. It was not your ordinary rental home adequately but cheaply equipped. No this was done with taste, heart, and efficiency in mind. There were beautiful things, just as many as we needed in a house of this size. Everything arranged so we could easily reach it and use it. There were expert tools too, exactly those that you would need for a luxury vacation, when you have time to cook nice dinners and enjoy long breakfasts. Ever since I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I would like to have a kitchen like that at home. But just to try to reduce as we have done has not created that effect.

Yes, this is more like it!

Today I’ll try another method to reach that effect. I’ll create the perfect cupboard with the things I would like to have there and remove everything else. Since many of the things I need to remove are things I value or treasure for some reason I will not be able to get rid of it right away, but maybe I’ll be able to if I put them in a “transition” box for a while? Why can it be so hard to part from things you know you will not actually miss?

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.





If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:


Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!


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  1. Very inspiring Caroline! We´ve been looking into minimalism before and that has really appealed to us, although we haven´t made any big efforts in going that direction except consider what things we take in to our home. I watched Bea´s TED talk yesteraday, really inspiring! I´m eager to get in to this more!!

    • Thanks Elin! There are a lot of things connecting Minimalism and Zero Wast they go together I think. It is easier to go zero waste if you have a clean slate at home I think. Kind regards, Caroline


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