Stand mixers are coveted by many bakers and home cooks, but are not ideal to store in small apartments. Image: Justin Snow via Flickr CC.

For those of us who live in the city, kitchen space can be incredibly (and frustratingly) limited. With this in mind, it’s important to be selective about what you keep in your home. I’ve found that by sticking to the basics, my drawers and shelves are never stuffed to the brim, which makes my space feel, well, more spacious!

My kitchen in particular is a place where I have found that less is more. After all, cooking isn’t fun when you can’t find the right tool when you need it. Get rid of those unnecessary gadgets so you can finally have a well-organized kitchen. Here are some kitchen gadgets you can easily donate to your local Goodwill or thrift shop:

Stand Mixer – This is every girl’s dream tool and looks great in photos. However, unless you are making huge batches of baked goods each week, the good old electric beaters and whisk method will work for your basic baking needs.

Knife Block – This clunky block is used to keep your knives safe and dry, but the huge chunk of woods often becomes a dirty yuck-magnet rather than a safeguard. Hang a magnetic strip to hold your knifes instead. You’ll never believe how much more accessible and space-saving this can be.

Salad Spinner – Get rid of this green whirring spinner and just rinse your greens in cold water in a metal strainer and let it sit for 10 minutes shaking them every so often. Space instantly saved!

Kitchen Scale – Trust me, unless you’re a professional baker or food blogger, you really don’t need to know how many grams are in a cup of flour. A good set of metal measuring cups and spoons works well if you are just measuring ingredients for accuracy.

Garlic Press – Rather than keeping this medieval torture device handy, finely chop your garlic with a good knife and add a pinch of salt for the perfect mince every time. Why press your garlic in this old-fashioned way when you could perfect your knife skills and save space at the same time?