posted on Aug, 7 2018 @ 08:24 AM
It seems that all those gadgets that take up a lot of room and are hard to clean can clog up your kitchen. We have downsized a lot of that crap,
tossing it out. Our drawers are still full of stuff we use, simple long lasting kitchen tools, but most of the gadgets are now gone. We do still
have a breadmaker to mix our dough, we use that a couple times a week. We do have a commercial malt machine, that works great for making malts at
Our cabinets are still full of stuff we do not use though. We do have the pans to make taco bowls from soft shells, but we haven't used those now for
almost two years, we stock hardtaco shells and break those up to make salads. With a manufacturers coupon and sales a box of the hardshells comes to
cost fifty cents. We buy the ortega taco sauce for about fifty cents a bottle when they go on sale with the manufacturer coupon.
If you buy something new, you will use it for a while to justify your purchase in your mind and to show others that you did a wise thing. All the
fancy appliances sitting in people's kitchen and half the tools guys have fall into that class. I know, I am a toolaholic, I used my tools
extensively at first because if I did not the wife would not say I could buy more. So this self fooling leads to lots of projects being done that
aren't necessary and often lead to buying more stuff to create things you do not need. You learn that when you get old and see a garage full of tools
that you no longer use.
At least the wives are good at hiding their evidence, mine is always donating this stuff to vinnies and the salvation army thrift stores. She sneaks
it out and sometimes she tries to sneak out my stuff. I then have to go rebuy tools and supplies we regularly use because she saw something on the
counter I forgot to put into the drawer. I bet over the years I have spent at least a thousand bucks replacing stuff she donated or tossed out
because she thought it was not used. A fifty dollar electronic part of a car one time I had set on the counter got tossed out one time, I left it on
the counter and she threw it in the bag on the night before garbage was picked up. Sometimes if you loose a part of a tool you are working on, the
tool is junk, you cannot get the part, that happened more than one time.
We have learned that if it is way harder to clean a kitchen appliance when used it does not pay to have it. A simple hand grader for cheese or eggs
is better, those whopper choppers are not that easy to clean, most time a grader will grade the balogna to make balogna and pickles for the
The more junk you have, the more cabinets you need. Pretty soon your world is cluttered with things you thought you needed. The smart way is not to
get rid of them or donate them, it is to evaluate if you really need them before buying them.