Buying my own home was great, but getting into my own kitchen was better. It’s not huge, there’s no island, and there’s questionable tile, but it’s my personal playground. It’s where I feel the calmest, the most comfortable, and the most at home. As I stood there on signing day, peering into cavernous, empty, cabinets, I couldn’t wait to hit the grocery store and fill them with awesome things. I was ready to get the show on the road. I tried to make a casual grocery list, and was totally overwhelmed with what felt like an impossible task. How in the world do you go about filling a kitchen with any and everything you’ll possibly need? Where do you even start?
Cue my mother. As a kitchen vet, she sat down with me and helped me write out a comprehensive list of everything I’d need. Talk about an unforeseen cost- I spent hundreds at the grocery store that week. After the initial grocery store haul, and about a month or so in my new kitchen, I began to understand the importance of staple items. The staples are the basis of any meal, any recipe, and a must to have on hand to maintain a smoothly running kitchen. Specialty groceries are super fun- but the staples are what make any kitchen go around. So here’s my comprehensive guide to maintaining a well-stocked kitchen (with free shopping list printable)!