Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dish Hoarder vs Realistic Minimalist - You Can't be Both!

Wow, September has been such a busy month!  I have been really distracted and unfortunately have been working on things that just aren't interesting enough to blog about!  I can only do so many posts about cleaning out our 'storage rooms' - we had 2 rooms that were full of things we haven't gone through since we moved into our house 4 years ago.  I was bored even thinking about it lol.  We also had a houseguest for a week, which is why we were doing so much cleaning!  It was a lot of fun having my dad here for a week, but we mostly played video games, watched movies and ate junk food!  My kind of vacation (and luckily his too).  And then I was feeling sick for awhile so I wasn't even making anything fun to eat - unless you want to hear about my bagel consumption??  Lol, but now I'm hopefully back on track!

Today, I wanted to talk about an idea I've been twirling around in my head - I saw this great video about someone who is trying to live a minimalistic lifestyle and as part of that has reduced their daily dishes to 1 per person.  At first I was ready to jump up and do it - that would reduce my dishes to almost nothing and I doubt it's a surprise to hear that I hate doing dishes.  Then I realized that having just 2 of everything would mean I would have to hand wash dishes between every meal...wait I would definitely hate that!  Lol

So I've been trying to figure out what would be more realistic for us.  I think I've decided that 6 of everything would be more realistic - then I could go an entire day without having to do dishes and could just run them each night.  Hopefully putting all of my extra dishes in the pantry will kind of be 'out of sight, out of mind' and I can keep from just getting more out.  As you can see from the picture above, I have plenty of 'more'...and I just can't seem to get rid of any!  I really need to figure out what I need to keep vs what's ok to give away!  All the dark blue dishes are from our wedding...I literally have enough serving dishes for a WEDDING!!

Besides dishes, I also need to work on figuring out what I actually need prep wise.   For example,  I've reduced my mixing bowls but I still have 4 glass bowls, 4 metal bowls, plus 2 large metal bowls - and this doesn't even include my tiny bowls (I have at least 30 different bowls that hold less than 1 cup) or my Tupperware bowls (I have 3 large drawers full of plastic containers)...this is AFTER I went through everything and got rid of what I didn't think I needed!!!  I think I have an addiction!   So yeah,  I'm going to have to go through it all again and really make some hard decisions - I don't even use the smaller metal bowls but I just can't convince myself to get rid of them!!

So my goal in the next few weeks is to take a hard look at my kitchen and work towards being a Realistic Minimalist.  We are only 2 people - I don't need enough dishes to feed an entire football team!!

I'll post about my progress when I've got my cabinets organized!  Wish me luck, there may be some crying involved. :)

Have a great day!

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