|Just what the world needs - another plastic dish rack|
In my quest to live a clutter-free life I have to question the usefulness of all possessions. I want to know what is necessary, and what is superfluous and can be jettisoned. The goal is to pare things down to the essentials, and no more, in order to have less mental and physical clutter.
If something isn't actively adding to my life, and if it can't fulfill multiple functions, it probably does not belong in my arsenal of life-enhancing tools. This is regardless of how many other people own the item and consider it an integral part of a smoothly functioning modern home.
That is why Linda and I don't have a microwave, or toaster, or BBQ, or large stereo augmented by a wall shaking sub-woofer, or a host of other things that many people feel they couldn't live without.
We also don't own the ubiquitous dish rack for stacking dishes to dry after washing. I have owned these in the past, and have seen them in most homes I have visited. But eventually I had to question whether the regulation dish rack was right for me.
What I decided years ago, was that the standard dish rack has no place in my clean, sparse kitchen. First of all, it only has one purpose. Also, when not in use for its one and only function, it takes up space somewhere, AND they are usually always made out of plastic.
Therefore, I now use a tea towel to set my dishes on to dry. Tea towels are useful for many things, including snapping my dozing sous chef on the rear when I need the pepper mill.
|A careful balancing act keeps the tea towel nice and dry|
After some trial and error, I developed a procedure for keeping the towel near dry which involves stacking my dishes so that all items are dripping onto other items, not onto the towel. Then as I dry the dishes I dump the collected water into the sink.
The towel stays dry and smell-free, I don't need an extra accessory in my small kitchen, and I get to use my skills and creativity to build towers of dishes that balance on each other in great tottering piles.
It is fun, and I haven't broken anything. Yet.
I love to discover all of the things I don't need, because increased freedom is the result.
Are there things that you have learned to live better without?