Monday, May 9, 2016

Five Items I Live Without

Below are a list of 5 things I always thought I needed until I actually got rid of them either by choice or by force (#5). My life is no worse off without them, in fact it feels just that much lighter and more efficient.

A list of 5 household items I thought I needed until I actually got rid of them


1 / DISH DRYING RACK

I actually spent a lot of time researching the "perfect" dish drying rack, which sounds pretty ridiculous. I know. I wanted something that didn't take up counter space, wasn't plastic and ugly... and ended up using an in-sink stainless steel rack for several years. While it served it's function, I wasn't completely in love with it. It started to look a little rusty and grimy and once you pile dishes into it, well, the whole situation isn't very aesthetically pleasing.

So, about a month ago I decided to just get rid of the rack altogether and not replace it. Because the most aesthetically pleasing, non-space-taking option is to not have one at all. Now, when I wash (most of) my dishes I just dry them immediately and put them away. So easy. And for anything that is awkward to dry with a towel, I just lay a towel out on the counter and place it on top to air dry.


2 / EXTRA TOWELS

I was one of those people who felt like they needed a million towels. I had to have multiple matching bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. And I used them all, which allowed me to go weeks without washing towels, but then come laundry day I had so many towels they barely fit inside the washer.

The change I made was to downsize to two bath towels and 5 washcloths. I switch washcloths pretty regularly because I'm very conscious of my acne prone skin, but 5 is plenty to get me thru one week. And since I'm only one person, I use one bath towel at a time. When that one is ready to be washed, it goes in the washer with whatever washcloths (and kitchen towels) are ready to be washed and I rotate in the other bath towel. If I was really diligent, I'm sure I could get away with owning just one bath towel, but you never know when you'll be a host to a houseguest.

3 / EXTERNAL SPEAKER

I don't own any type of external speaker for my phone or laptop. I used to own one for an old iPod, but with technology changes it eventually became end of life. I ended up donating it and opted to not replace.

I'm not someone who likes to blast music, I play all of my music on my iPhone, which is almost never at full volume so a speaker would just be overkill. The only time I need a little boost in the volume is when I'm in the shower or blowdrying my hair and a repurposed candle holder does just the trick in giving me that little extra volume needed.

Use a glass or old candle holder to give your iphone volume a little boost


4 / CAN OPENER

I don't eat canned foods anymore. Enough said.

5 / MICROWAVE

I haven't used my microwave in over a year, due the fact that I accidentally blew it up one day trying to bake a potato in it. Tip: If you're going to bake a potato in your microwave, please make you type 7 minutes instead of 70. An even better tip: just bake it in the oven. You're welcome.

Technically, I still own my microwave, but it is fully un-functional and the only reason I haven't trashed it is because it's an over the range microwave so removing it would leave a very awkward gap above my stove. And technically, I will replace it eventually for resale value reasons, but personally I've discovered that I am able to live without one and don't miss it at all.


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