The Task: Pare down out kitchen knives to three.
The Why: I could never find a knife. We would use a knife and put it in the dishwasher (I know, dishwashers are bad for knives...what can I say? These things happen....) and when we needed a knife there wasn't one even though we had 4 (yes, 4!) different chefs knives, 3 paring knives, and 2 serrated knives! I don`t even remember where we got all of them!
So for weeks now we've had three knives. One chefs knife (for slicing and dicing), one paring knife (for peeling and paring), and one serrated knife (great for cutting bread and slicing tomatoes). And when we use one, we wash it by hand, dry it, and put it away immediately. There is always a clean knife in the drawer when we need it. Less really is more.
What about table knives? We have 4 steak knives. We once had 16 because we were given a mega set of them, but I realized a long time ago that if we're having 16 people of knife wielding age over for a meal, I am going to be serving something cheap like spaghetti, or casserole, or stew....NOT large cuts of meat!
We do have alot of butter knives, but we use them regularly for entertaining, so we've deemed those worth keeping to avoid the use of disposable cutlery.
The Verdict: I actually love having less stuff in our drawers and cupboards. The more I get rid of the more I want to get rid of! Having less stuff really is good for us. And washing something and putting it away immediately after you use it is strangely good for the spirit.
I'm also realizing how much false security I was getting from my stuff. This project is really about so much more than kitchen utensils and clothing and throw pillows. It's about a heart that is so broken and confused that it thinks it wants more stuff, when what it needs is to be more like Christ. It's about our God given need for safety and rest and how we can so easily get consumed trying to find those things in our homes and our favourite housewares store instead of at the center of God's will.
All this to say that I am loving this process and am both excited and anxious about the three hundred and sixty days to come! Thanks so much for following along!
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