Because I'd already spent so much time paring back in Living with Less, Week 8: Kitchen, Cooking and Baking Ware, this week's task of editing my dining and serving ware wasn't too tricky. I simply went through my cabinets and removed what I knew I could live without.
If you're new to the Living with Less series, here are a few posts to get you started:
- Living with Less, Project Update: Reader Suggestions, Questions and Comments
- Living with Less, Project Update 2: Reader Suggestions, Questions and Comments
- 6 Tips for Creating a 'Buy Better, Buy Less' Budget
- Béa Johnson's Zero Waste Home & Lifestyle
Lessons Learned: Living with Less, Week 9
- Step-by-Step: Instead of trying to tackle your entire kitchen at once, begin, as I did in Week 8, by first addressing your cooking and baking ware. This will rid your space of what you don't use so you can focus next on the dining and serving ware pieces you do use. For me, the kitchen was the biggest task in our home: I love to cook and entertain so the thought of tacking it all at once was slightly overwhelming.
- Take a Moment: Once you pare back, take a day or two to let it sink in. Are you okay with what you're living without? Are there things you now see as irrelevant? If either of these are the case, reconsider your decisions and add to the pile or put those treasures back where they belong.
- Partial Sets: If you're into the idea of mixing and matching sets of dishes, that's totally great! It's a really fun trend right now, but it takes a little balance to pull it off. If you've been hanging onto partial sets of dishes but don't think this new trend is for you, now's the time to let them go.
- Consider Function: I love multi-functional kitchen ware. Soup bowls that double as serving bowls or large plates you can carry out to the grill or serve your turkey on. Multi-function helps save space and is a key factor in Living with Less in the kitchen. Pinpoint those pieces that do serve multiple functions and evaluate other serving pieces against it. Do you need to keep each piece, especially those that serve only one function? Think about it!
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