|Surely no one can resist a comfy Tatty Teddy onesie?|
I can justify pretty much all of this stuff (I'll assume you know why now), but what's been driving me crazy lately isn't so much my own stuff creep, but the stuff that was already here when I moved in. The flatlet came fully furnished, not just with furniture, but with kitchen equipment too. We're talking breakfast plates, dinner plates, soup plates, bowls, salad bowl, mixing bowl, pint glasses, mugs (7!), wine glasses, whisky glasses, tumblers, oven-proof dish, two strainers, a sieve, a disgusting-looking electric kettle, a toaster - even a rolling-pin and a bizarre-looking huge metal spoon (the list is not exhaustive). Quite a lot for a tiny flatlet that only has one small table and two chairs - I'm hardly going to be entertaining lots of guests here!
Anyway, when I moved in, I put my few little things among all the other stuff, but before I knew it my tiny kitchen corner (pictures here) was completely overflowing with dirty dishes, and it took me days to do the dishes! Ok, I'll admit I hate doing the dishes, and I am the Queen of ProcrastiNation (Ma'am as in jam, not Ma'am as in arm), but it did actually take days because I kept running out of hot water.
All this stuff has slowly been getting to me, and last night I just couldn't take it anymore. I managed to get rid of a few notebooks, books and DVDs, but it didn't really make much of a difference. Then this morning I noticed that the wooden beams that hold the drawers in place in the beautiful old-fashioned kitchen 'unit' are getting really worn down with use, to the point where I don't think they will last much longer if I keep using them as much as I have been doing. They seem to have been repaired before, but I'd rather just avoid the whole thing becoming a thing, if you know what I mean. So today I tackled all the dishes (while watching the cross-country sprint and biathlon, One is Norwegian after all!) and put all the landcouple's kitchen stuff away in a cupboard I don't use and in the aforementioned drawers.
|As I'm not using any of this stuff, I could|
fill the poor cupboard up completely! The
black thing is the bottom of the toaster...
|Kitchen equipment to the left and in the middle; food|
to the right. The drawers are full of mugs, glasses,
cutlery and lots of other stuff I won't be needing.
I know, I don't need three pans (especially as I've only got two hotplates), but it was actually cheaper to buy three than one. Go figure. Obviously there are pans here as well (3 pans and 2 frying pans), but they're made of aluminium so I'm glad I found the offer for these stainless steel ones just before I moved in.
I'm thrilled that I got all this done today, I feel like I can finally breathe again! Now I've just got to watch the last few DVDs and read the 17 hardcopy books, and then I'll feel even better. More importantly though, I've got to keep the stuff creep under control, because I don't like it one bit. I've only got approximately 35 square metres up here, so less is most definitely more!