This is it - the one third of the kitchen stuff that has been eliminated. It includes 19 bowls, 15 plates, 9 pots and pans, 4 glass storage containers, 9 plastic storage containers, 55 cookie cutters, 21 glasses and 22 kitchen gadgets. Most of this will be donated to Good Will. Some, which we inherited, will be offered to other family members before donation. And a couple things like decent knives and microwavable plates are going to my work where they will be added to our lacking communal kitchenette.
Getting rid of one third of the kitchen stuff was a lot of work. With Jeff's help it took about three hours yesterday. Now some of the stuff that was up on our soffits fits in the cabinets. Our kitchen looks much less cluttered. I have the itch to keep eliminating so I can fit the last couple things inside the cabinets.
It's been weird working in the kitchen today, although, I haven't missed anything yet. The biggest change is our random drawer of kitchen implements which holds the carrot peeler, knives, bottle opener and such has a lot more space.
I was surprised to find several things in the kitchen that just didn't belong there like a hammer and pinking shears. Those items have been relocated. We eliminated many plates and bowls that I had accumulated for food photography for my recipe blog. I do have one set of china I inherited from my grandma that serves eight which we kept. For everyday use we kept a set of four place settings. Including four wine glasses and goblets, if we ever have more than four people over they can drink out of regular glasses or ball jars or something. (We don't do disposable.) It will be fine.
These are all my cookie cutters before. I pretty much kept all of them from any relatives. The thing is I only make sugar cookies at Christmas. I pared it down to just the cookie cutters I remembered from childhood. I had 69 and now have just the 14 shown below.
There were several items which Jeff really wanted to keep. He has veto power and so they stayed. It wasn't that big of deal, we just got rid of other stuff and still managed to get rid of 1/3 of the items in every category. And in some categories like plates, and cookie cutters we got rid of significantly more.
Interestingly we wound up with a list of things we wanted for the kitchen. Things we either don't have or we have a damaged version. This included a non-aluminum pie pan, large sauce pan or deep skillet, stock pot (with pasta insert) and better tongs.
The overall goal is to reduce what we own, but a wonderful side effect of this evaluation is we are able to identify what we'd like to improve; allowing us to increase the over all quantity of what we have as well. Now we aren't going to run out and buy all these new things. We will look at our finances and decided when we are willing to invest. We'll forgo buying other things to have the money for these items. Plus one of my goals is to only buy five non-essentials until after the New Year. So I need to consider very carefully what these things will be. It is also possible that with some research I'll be able to find second hand items that will work.
What things do you have in your house that you would like to upgrade? How are you going to go about getting these upgrades?