As we approach closing (please, let me not jinx closing, now rescheduled for November 12), I’ve indulged myself in a little fantasy about my cupboards.
Our real-life house–the one we bought in 2001 and live in now and will continue to occupy 90 percent of the time–is small by modern standards: three bedrooms, two baths, 1290 square feet. In fact, the mountain house is 78 square feet larger. And into this real-life house, we squeeze: one man, one woman, one acutely squirmy 7-year-old boy, one wildly tall 4.5-year-old girl, one tiny cat, and two chickens. (Actually, the chickens live outside, but they consume a few nano-particles of psychic energy in our home.) We are not small people.
Seven beings accumulate a shocking number of things in nine years–too many things. Our cupboards overfloweth with THINGS. For economic and ecological reasons–and to preserve my over-cluttered sanity–I want to move a good chunk of the THINGS to the mountain house.
I’ve started a kitchen list of items to move–objects I have now and know I will need upstate:
- French jam jars, 6 (to be used as tumblers)–an idea I stole from our friends Kath and Greg.
- plates, 4
- spatula, silicone
- chefs knife, dull
- saucepan, 1
- saute pan, 1
- casserole dishes, 5,002 (Seriously, I have so many of these. I don’t know why.)
- plastic storage containers (replaced by a glass set at home)
- wine glasses, motley
- cereal bowls, 8 (Currently making these in a ceramics class. No promises that they’ll look nice.)
- French blue tea cups, 6 (Purchased at a garage sale by my 7-year-old dude. He kills me.)
If I did a thorough inventory of my kitchen cabinets, I’m sure I’d find more THINGS to move to our northern kitchen. But if I were the kind of person to do a thorough inventory of my cabinets, I wouldn’t have so much extra crap, now would I?
So, here’s your homework. (I know! Ballsy, isn’t it, to ask all 12 of my readers to do homework?) Please leave a comment telling me what you think I absolutely must have in my new kitchen. I’m trying to be minimalist, here, but I also want to cook. Must I buy a new mixer? Can I live without steak knives? What’s your favorite all-purpose kitchen utensil. I could look on Unclutterer, sure–a fantastic blog by all accounts–but your ideas are much more fun.