Yesterday’s progress….

…and a little Yippee….

Yippee first.

One of my credit card companies finally gave in and sent me the 0% APR balance transfer offer that I have been coveting. (They were probably missing my monthly electronic transfer to them, since I paid off my card in October.) I knew they would see reason. I’ve checked, month after month, and until the mail yesterday, the best they could do was a transfer that “enjoyed the same rate as my purchase rate”…. Umhm, ya see, somehow, transferring to 17.9 % isn’t all that exciting. But, if you wait long enough, they CAVE. (See October’s blog for more details.) It couldn’t have come at a better time, either, as the low ‘special rate’ I was enjoying at the other company expired on Jan 2. For 20 days, they thought I would enjoy my new, (ridiculously) higher rate.

Huh. They are toast. Card will be paid off as soon as the transfer goes through.

Now, back to flinging….after

Look at that! I have the pots and pans drawers, and the dreaded Tupperware cabinet finished as well.

What I flung yesterday were memories. I had a nice walk through many a Saturday afternoon with my friend in New York, when we would be literally climbing around wooden pallets at Fish’s Eddy warehouse in St. George, creating table settings out of the piles of china stacked everywhere. It was a great place to rummage, and we always had a blast! The memories, they are still on the shelf. But some of the dishware is going to Goodwill. (I can still serve 22, as long as you aren’t looking for matching 5 piece settings. Seating, however is BYOC.)

Today, we are flinging under the sink. Fun.

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How’s the Kitchen going?

That was the question we heard for a month, 4 years ago this spring. When we bought this house in 2003, the most unsatisfying thing about it was the kitchen.

So, in 2007, Timmy and I ventured to IKEA and designed my ‘dream kitchen’….Dream in the way that a small budget allows you to dream, and the lack of additional space and all that, you understand, right?? (Go to THIS LINK to see the before-during-after images.)

Since we did this only 3.75 years ago, I don’t expect my kitchen to be as hard as it might have been. That’s not the same as it will be for everyone else. I understand. I feel for ya. Really, I do. Don’t be hating. (If it makes you feel better, the spring before last, I Flung my mother-in-laws kitchen for her. She lived there for over 20 years. Ok, better? )

I haven’t gotten much done this week; battling that “I almost feel like I am about to come down with something” blahs that don’t turn into anything, but still somehow sap energy beyond staring at the computer screen after work. Yay, January.

My kitchen drawers are done. I didn’t (couldn’t) fling a few of the obscure implements that you KNOW you will need the month after you fling them, even though you hadn’t even realized you still owned them…. However, the drawers are not over-whelmed. They are neat, they are visually clear enough to find things without injury.drawer2 drawer 1_ drawer 3

With that under your belt,the next category of Flinging is–

Dishware/cookware. One full set of dishes, to serve the number above. Or two coordinating sets, one in your ‘out of the way’ storage. ONE holiday set, but ONLY if you are the host of said holiday most years, AND use USE them then!

Do you have china in your china cabinet and still serve guests on paper plates for a holiday? Who will be worthy of using it, if not them? When will be a special enough time, if not then? (I have visions of my grandmother coming after me if I were to serve Christmas dinner on paper plates.)

And I recall this one Easter, after all of us stuffed ourselves and the women decided to take a long walk, to allow food to settle (to allow room for dessert.)  We came back in and found Daddy Gus standing at the sink, the COLD water running over the sides of the porcelain onto the floor while he ‘washed’ our dishes for us, sans soap. Good memories!

Here, we use my entire cabinet of mis-matched but ‘real’ plates, glasses etc, whenever I have company over. I don’t even have a dishwasher. (No, not even after the dream kitchen.) However, paper plates and cups etc, are in a cabinet and when we have a BBQ, I use them. (No offense meant to my in-laws, btw…)

 

mugs This is what came out of the cabinet this morning. We are a COUPLE. Two people live here. ONE drinks coffee. This may be a bit more difficult!! I had already culled the mugs down to the ones that I “loved” last time.

Glassware /mugs.  Wine glasses, soda glasses, juice glasses…  What do you use? How many people live in your house? Three glasses per person seems reasonable. Maybe 4?

A friend of a friend once went on a minimalist kick. One complete place setting per person in the house, and that was IT. (Ouch. Extreme. But the sink was probably always clean.)

Is your kitchen stocked for your potential life, not the life you are living currently? If so there are two choices, either change your life (entertain more? bake more? etc…) or accept you are NOT Julia Child, or the Hostess with the Mostess…