Date: 20 December 2013. Kitchen Clutter.
(With apologies for the delay in posting; the weather has been
cloudy so not much power for fun!)
We have almost completed the kitchen clean-up and hopefully
yours is now in much better shape than when the
series began. Alas, though my notes said we'd be totally done by the new
year that's not going to happen. Oh well, it's life you know and we've got to have
time for the important things: like boating!
Before we go into this weeks' task, let's revisit the
initial seven and make sure you've not slipped backwards. Bad habits seem
to be the most difficult to break so be careful that you don't lose the
progress you've already achieved. To review:
Prepping - Plastics
(those plastic containers that multiply in the dark reaches of your
and coffee cups, wine glasses, mugs, etc.
Pull the Plug -
unused and oversized appliances that work off AC power and won't be
practical aboard your floating home
Dratted Dishes -
plates, bowls, china, etc.
Silverware and Spatulas -
keeping the best and getting rid of the rest
Pots and Pans Primer -
selecting cookware that you actually use, and verifying that said
pans stack or stow in a small area.
If you're like most of us were as dirt-dwellers, you've
gathered an enormous amount of Stuff and that same clutter creates
obligations that prevent you from boating. You probably complain about the
space in your lockers yet you have items within them that you've not seen
in years, nor ever used.
The whole process of de-cluttering is not to get rid of all
your special things. Even cruisers like our things. Instead, your job is
to select the very best and keep those items. The rest can be passed
along to others. This way, when the time comes to move aboard your boat
you'll have done the hard part already.
You will be as amazed as the rest of us
were when you discover
how wonderful it is not to be loaded down by the burden of Stuff.
There truly is a sort of relief in having not a lot of
junk. What I have is treasured all the more because I know it is the very
best of what I'd gathered over a lifetime. There is a joy is sitting down
with my threads to stitch knowing that the floss is 100% silk. When I pick
up a screw driver, it's of good quality -- no more dollar store
knuckle-buster junk for me. When I drink coffee the mug
is a Star Trek one. These are not necessarily the most costly, however
they do bring me happiness, and that's what I want for other folks as well.
So, this week during the holidays go through your
collection of dish towels, pot holders, wash rags, trivets and oven mitts.
The ones you don't absolutely love need to go. You deserve the best,
so why keep the second-rate ones?
No, it's not necessary to have a set of china for each
holiday season. Just a few days ago I went to dirt and bought a package
of Christmas plates -- disposable ones! Right now I'm testing one out with
a little treat:
In examining my snack I'm reminded of something from my
You were born under the sign of
Pistachio... the nut.
Jackie Gleason - Honeymooner's Game
And yes, some day I'll tell you about serving drinks to Mr.
Gleason aboard our 40'er, back in the day when the stars chartered yachts
and cruised the inland waterways.
But I digress. This week is the next to last in your
kitchen and it's an easy task. Simply go thru your kitchen towels, oven
mitts, placemats and trivets. Select your favorites and the rest need to
go. As for me, I've got a pair of pot holders a friend (Tara) made a few
years ago for a Christmas gift and don't even own an oven mitt!
Remember these? A lovely girl made this duo especially for
me and each time I use them I remember
Tara's kindness. I keep them hanging inside my galley locker -- handy and
easy to locate when needed.
Aboard Seaweed, to celebrate each holiday or change of
seasons I treat the boat to a new galley towel. At the end of the holiday
it's chopped in half and turns into work rags and those are disposable.
They might be washed a time or three, however I don't keep Stuff. Yes, I
do have a couple of dish towels that I use year to year because I really
like them but mostly they are bought for the holiday at hand and then
o-u-t they go.
That's it from the smoky waterfront today. My eyes are
burning (as is the forest) so I'll sign off for now, wishing you a Merry
Christmas and a festive holiday dinner with lots of yummy desserts. The
diet starts on New Year's Day, so in the meantime, enjoy!
I'd love to hear of your progress.
And, are you interested in the the series continuing?
Air Horn Saves the Day ~
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