Dining Out May Be An Option!

nablo13dayelevenOur furniture arrived late last week. That’s the good news. The bad news? I’ve got a great deal of purging to do. A great deal.

I made a pact with myself when the hovel purge began — if something doesn’t have a place, if I can’t fit it, out it goes. That’s easier said than done, of course. I find this decision particularly difficult to stick to when it comes to kitchen items.

It’s killing me to toss perfectly good plastic ware, for example. I know I’m having a hard time, specifically with the plastic ware, because it’s expensive to replace. I’m trying to limit myself to hanging on to just two of each size/shape. Also, if the pieces have become separated from their lids, they’re goners. (Luckily, many of them have been! How that happens is still a mystery to me, but, I’ll take what I can get at this point.)

There are some other kitchen-related items that I know I can’t part with, but, for the life of me, I can’t seem to find the space to store them, either. These items include, but are not limited to, the toaster, the small crock-pot, the waffle iron, and the extra coffee maker. It may sound easier, to the uninitiated, to toss these things and just say “Sorry, we don’t have a toaster. You’ll just have to ‘make do’!”, but that seems unfair to the toast-eating population that reside here at the hovel — a population that rarely includes me, by the way — doesn’t it?


I could probably get rid of the small slow-cooker. I only use it a couple of times a year. It comes in handy, though, for those occasions when I do need it — Superbowl Sunday comes to mind. It may have to go, though. Folks around here may just have to get used to the idea that there will be no more Swedish meatballs on the menu. (It’s the perfect size for Swedish meatballs!)

I don’t know why I’ve even entertained the idea of putting either the waffle iron or the extra coffee maker on the chopping block. Neither one of those puppies are going anywhere. I don’t care if I have to put them under my bed. They’re staying.

Sure, I could make pancakes instead of waffles, but no one really likes pancakes — by “no one”, I really mean me and Fangette. Fang will, generally, eat anything put in front of him. Fangette and I are a little more discriminating when it comes to your batter-related products. Also, pancakes are far more labor-intensive; waffles are easier to make — drop the batter on, wait for the light to go off, and BAM! they’re done. So, yeah, I’m keeping the waffle iron.

As far as the extra coffee maker goes, I could try to convince myself that I’ll never run out of K-cups, but once in a while it happens. It always seems to happen on those mornings when I desperately NEED a cup of coffee — for those of you familiar with my capacity for coffee-drinking you know that’s pretty much EVERY morning! Unless I have the flu, I don’t go a day without my coffee. Of course, when I have the flu, that’s when I need the toaster, isn’t it?

Just when I think I’ve made some real progress, I’m faced with these difficult decisions — decisions that will have both long- and short-term effects on my ability to function in my kitchen. Part of me would like to box up the whole kit and kaboodle, to be honest with you. I’m beginning to think that dining out may be an excellent option.

13 thoughts on “Dining Out May Be An Option!

  1. Beth Ann says:

    My best thing was when we moved to Australia and got rid of SO MUCH STUFF! But we are back now and thanks to the death of my father in law and cleaning out his house we are back in about the same situation. NOOOOOOO! I need to simplify again. Your post made me smile. I am not a hoarder but I have way too much stuff. Coming over from Transitioning Mom—she was right—you have a a great blog!!!


    • javaj240 says:

      I never considered myself a hoarder, either — until I began the “hovel purge”. I’ve had to reassess my opinion of myself LOL!

      Thanks for coming over! I’ll check out your blog, too — after I switch the summer and winter clothes — that’s today’s project! Yikes!


  2. […] Ambling & Rambling: Oh, the number of ways I relate to this mom! She talks about life honestly, be it the tales of mothering a teen, the trials of food service and obnoxious customers, or as she does in the post, the dilemmas of purging plastic ware. (And, because I like to help people, I publically offer to aid her purging pains by taking the piece of furniture she has pictured in this post. I’m generous like that.) […]


    • javaj240 says:

      Step AWAY from my sideboard, LOL!

      And, thanks so much for the kind words and the reblog! It’s all about relating out here in the blogosphere, isn’t it?


  3. elinwaldal says:

    I dread the day we choose to move again…even though I am a purger, the stuff still seems to accumulate!


  4. I kind of like purging. It makes me feel lighter, free.
    Your issue seems to be is you still think you need the stuff.
    I am thinking your stuff is going into storage.

    By the way. I think as fellow Bergen County resident, you will appreciate my latest post. If you get a chance – check it out. http://larrydbernstein.com/a-shot-goes-off-and-i-dont-care/


  5. We have a fancy ice cream maker contraption that we got for a gift that we have used ONCE. Takes up tons of room in my cabinets and I curse it every time I have to move it all around, but I can’t get rid of it.


    • javaj240 says:

      Seriously, those things are ridiculous. There’s enough decent ice cream in the supermarket to make that thing obsolete. Who are you, anyway? A farm girl? Are you churning your own butter, as well? Get rid of it, LOL!


  6. My ex-wife was a terrible hoarder. When we moved the second time, there were boxes in the garage I simply took to the dump. I reckoned if we’d got through the previous 4 years without the need for the still sealed contents, ditching wouldn’t be life threatening.


    • javaj240 says:

      I’ve done that already, LOL! It’s not so much that I’m a hoarder — though I certainly have some of those tendencies — it’s more about the fact that I have zero storage space here. Zero.


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