I may have lost my mind today
I've been feeling really overwhelmed by laundry, dishes, etc....sooo....I packed up most the dishes and kitchenware today
I put it into cabinets that aren't being used and kept one bank of drawers/cabinets and one small cabinet for ALL the kitchen stuff. I only kept out what I know we NEED and use frequently. I know there are some other things that I use on occasion that I don't plan to get rid of, but it will be interesting to see what stays packed away. We are moving this fall so I think this should be a great way to see what should go with us.
We have a family of 6 and I've had a full set of dishes, silverware, etc for 12, plus plenty of pots/pans/bowls for entertaining. I know that what I have is a "reasonable" amount by most people's standards, but I just really would like to try out a new level of simplicity. My hope would be that we would keep only this out plus a small cabinet of extra dishes, serving dishes, silverware for when we have guests over, plus another small cabinet for rarely used items like a mandoline slicer, dehydrator, food processor etc.
I kept out:
*1 plate, bowl, cup, set of silverware for each person
*2 coffee cups, 2 small mugs used as ramekin type bowls
*1 medium platter, 1 pyrex pie plate
*3 mixing/serving bowls of different sizes
*1 pyrex measuring cup, metal measuring cups/spoons set
*grater, can opener, canning gadgets, rolling pin, meat therm.
*small assortment cooking and serving utensils in a ceramic crock
*baking dishes: 3 corningware pans of different sizes, pyrex 9x13 pan & 8x8 pan
*small appliances: Vitamix, immersion blender, crockpot
*pots/pans: 3 assorted castiron pans, big LeCreuset dutchoven, Med & Large stainless stockpots, XS and M stainless saucepans, cookie sheet, broiler pan, griddle
*kitchen linens: 12 floursack towels, 6 washcloths (used for cleaning house too), 6 small hand towels, 6 potholders, 18 napkins
Anyone see anything I'm missing or could do without? Keep in mind I cook almost everything from scratch and I have 4 small kids. Or am I totally gone mad and should put everything back in its home before DH gets home?