I have written before about how i divested myself of many many things. When I moved into this hovel, i thought i had made it to a point where i owned the least I have ever owned, and it was still quite a bit. Unfortunately being a bit of a non-minimalist, I tend to acquire and not deaccession until I run out of storage or I have what i consider clutter. I still see things I want to own, i don’t know where that need comes from, i only know it when it happens. I was standing in the thrift store aisle holding a little .99 saucer and it was all i could do not to buy it. i didn’t need it, it was just pretty. but If i brought it home, it would indeed make me smile when I saw it, but where would it get stored, what would i use it for? teabags? cookies? spoons? what am i putting those things on now? Did one day I put a spoon on the counter and say ‘ i need a saucer to go under that spoon.’ So there was no saucer shaped hole in my life that needed filling, in the end it stayed in the store. The art supply store has put in some tableware for some inexplicable reason…pretty stuff but not even locally made.. it was less difficult to not buy an olive wood tidbit bowl since it was more than I was willing to rationalize..and so it goes, it is a constant struggle.
Lately I am having the urge to do a big divest again, but I can’t find a good reason other than the desire. What do i cull? ideally i’d like to get rid of all my kitchen devices and bring all that ware down to a minimalist level.. but what do i donate ? my electric teakettle that i use everyday? my toaster? without an actual oven in my kitchen I am limited in what I can do without. the tiny microwave is on its last legs and will probably not get replace for financial reasons even though i use it everyday to reheat things i have previously cooked. I know how to reheat things in my counter oven or on the hot plate, but that makes pots and pans dirty so now i have more dishes to wash. and so forth, cooking with fewer vessels and utensils is possible and i have found enjoyable, but there are tradeoffs. One day I would like another stove.. but where would i put it? get rid of the sideboard? then i have to move all the stored food into cupboards, and the items in the cupboards..would have to go someplace else. I can only imagine that i had more cupboard space in my last kitchen which was very tiny. Because I have not allowed myself to acquire MORE cooking vessels than i had before. I added a couple of sporks which i can’t find today.
Lately I have become obsessed with watching 18th century cooking videos on youtube. It reminds me that perfectly fine cooking can be done with fewer possessions. One day when I get another stove I may take the plunge and purge a lot of my stuff, but how can i live without my stick blender?