This week end, in the spirit of minimalism, I have cleaned up my kitchen cupboards.... A while ago I had already kept everything in group of 3 since we are 3 in my household... I had however keep extras... like 6 plates... not only 3...I was now ready for the next step...
I remembered that Buddhist monk actually each have their own set of dishes and mug that they clean and wrap up in a piece of clothe after meal and put away until the next meal... It consist of a bowl, a mug and a set of sticks... I am not saying I want to live like a Buddhist monk... but why have so many plates and bowls and stuff... I almost never have people over but when I do it's more for tea and snacks then for a meal... Therefore I do not need that many dishes....
And if ever I feel like having people over, I can do either of 3 things:
1) ask guest to bring their own dishes - it can make for an interesting meal
2) borrow from a friend a complete set
3) rent it
Therefore what I did it put everything on the table... all plates, bowls, glasses, mugs... and we each chose what I wanted to keep... Instructions were:
One bowl for meals
One bowl for breakfast cereals or snacks
One glass or container for cold drinks
One mug for hot drinks
That was a minimum... of course, it was possible to keep more...
The results were amazing!!! And there's a picture above... I have put it in the cupboards in such a way that we all have our dishes in one place and mugs/glasses on top... As seen in the picture on top...
Left side is mine... middle my husband and right my son...
Personally I kept : One plate, One big bowl for meals, one small bowl for oatmeal, one very small for snack and one weird shape bowl for when I cut up fruits to eat it... Where I had issue was with mugs and glasses... I kept one mason jar for cold drinks, one huge mug for chai latte, one regular mug from DixMilles village, one mug I draw myself and one very small mug for tea...
I also kept 4 other mugs for visitors... one was a gift my son got me in Paris, one was another gift from my son... and 2 were a gift from my brother... they are le Creuset... (don't worry Jean, Real and Cedric kept the other 2 so we actually have that full set! We just love them too much!)
Everything else is going away... a few plates, mugs, glasses and many bowls....
I am really exited about that!!!!
How about you? How many dishes do you really have??? Anything you keep for once a year only? Did you ever thought about giving that up? Why or why not?