26 Wed, 2011 § 5 Comments
Our kitchen does not look bare but is defined by its restraint according to Dave. This statement quickly became clear as he noted the obvious enthusiasm I exude when stepping into a kitchen supply store. It does take much restraint to not leave with arms full of fun & ingenious goods.
There are special devices for slicing each type of fruit, a utensil for every conceivable dish & numerous other clever tools that could surely be put to use in nearly any kitchen.
I could easily fill our kitchen with gadgets & various odds & ends but have decided all I really need to get the job done is quality cookware, a few basic tools & a good set of knives. My weakness is dishware & photo props, but the few I have acquired or generously been gifted by my sister have been second-hand. Re.Used.
I have found new uses for items, like this cute little tart tin I had once turned into a magnet. Now it holds freshly ground sea salt on the stove for accessible pinching while cooking — & because of the magnet, it does not budge! Ok, so this was Dave’s idea — how crafty is he?!
I also recently went through every drawer & cabinet, analyzing its contents, searching for items we truly did not use. The only thing I came out with were replaceable rims to our Magic Bullet cups.
I guess I will donate these, though I cannot imagine anyone would want just the rims. Perhaps they are recyclable?
As we are trying to reduce waste & live simply, it is difficult for me to grasp the 80-20 notion. I have heard the average household only uses 20% of the stuff filling their home; so in theory you could get rid of 80% of your belongings. I cannot imagine this is accurate as it does not ring true for us; but perhaps this is because we purged much of our belongings during the big move & do not buy a lot of extra things.
I would love to hear what your thoughts are on the 80-20 concept!