These days, minimalism is all the rage. You may have read about “tiny houses” online—or you may be reading this from inside one! There are lots of articles and books out there about how to declutter and downsize your life, to improve your quality of life by letting go of everything except the items that bring you joy. Many people are also applying this philosophy of “less is more” to the kitchen, getting rid of single-purpose gadgets like ice cream makers, bread machines, rice cookers, Panini presses, and the like.
After all, how often do you really use that pasta maker or donut pan or espresso machine? There’s a Starbucks on every corner, and you can always go out for ice cream. And with a little know-how, you can learn how to make just about anything in the kitchen with just a few basic pans and utensils. Heck, downsizing your kitchen may actually help to grow your culinary skills as you experiment with new techniques rather than relying on specific gadgets. But one thing that you will always have in your kitchen and always need, no matter how much you downsize your life, is workspace.
While you can move to a smaller house or a house with a smaller kitchen, no matter how small, how spare, or how simple your kitchen gets, it’s still going to need surfaces. You’ll need a place to roll out dough, to chop up vegetables, to set hot pans—preferably on trivets or pads—or even just to drop off your Chinese take-out boxes while you enjoy your fried rice or pork lo mein.
So even the simplest, most minimal kitchen still benefits from having work surfaces that are made out of the most durable, attractive material around, and that’s why granite countertops are perfect for the minimalist kitchen of your dreams. Granite countertops bring a classic beauty that can complement just about any kind of décor—from rustic to modern, and from baroque to minimalist—while also being one of the most durable and versatile surfaces around!
If you’re planning to downsize your kitchen, one thing you don’t want to let go of is a good supply of the right granite care products! Keeping your granite countertop looking and performing its best is simple, but like any job it requires the right tools, and for that you need granite cleaning and granite polishing products that are specially formulated to care for granite and other natural stone surfaces.
Luckily, you don’t need a lot of fancy accouterments to care for your granite countertops. All you need is Rock Doctor’s simple three-step line of granite cleaning and granite care products, which you can find at fine retails stores such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, as well as at participating Do it Best, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and True Value locations.