The Why: We've come to see that stuff begets stuff. The more we accumulate, the more we think we need. A serving bowl to match that serving plate, a pretty tea towel for the new bread basket, a set of martini glasses to use with the cocktail shaker. By getting rid of stuff we aren't just making our kitchen an easier place to cook and clean and entertain in, (and investing in a lifetime of much simpler moving days!) we're also choosing to be content with just enough and learning to be honest with ourselves about what we need and use.
The Plan: Both Luke and I felt that it was important to go through the kitchen stuff together. We both love to cook and bake and entertain, so we both needed a say in what stays and what goes.
So last night after getting the kids to bed, we decided to take every single item out of the kitchen, discuss whether to keep it or not, wash out the cabinets and put everything we were keeping back. We wanted to take everything out rather than do a cabinet at a time so that we could really get a feel for how much stuff we've accumulated. Then I was going to take pictures of my fabulous new minimalist-ish (I know that's not really a word) kitchen to share today.
The Reality: We underestimated what a huge job it would be. Where did all this stuff come from???
At quarter after ten the house looked like this... (and there's Luke, taking a well deserved break!)
By 12:30 I was lying on the kitchen floor trying to do the math to figure out whether the narrower/deeper casserole dish or the wider/shallower one holds more food. Luke wisely suggested that we give up and go to bed.
Here's all the stuff we've committed to get rid of so far. But we aren't done!
So tomorrow will be the minimalist-ish kitchen tour. Today I'm going to drink good strong coffee and calculate the volumetric lasagna potential of all my casserole dishes.
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