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Kitchenware Hoarding and A Sea of Dishes 
 
May 2, 2013 7:13 am 
Updated: May 13, 2013 6:36 am
Maybe hoarding is a harsh word.  It occurred to me yesterday as I walked down the hall past the guest bedroom headed toward the kitchen.  I had to stop and turn around.  The cozy little room that has been a sanctuary to family members and dear friends is turning into a storage room! Piles and piles of wrapped dishes and cookware items from tag sales, thrift stores, gifts and estate sale picks have landed not only on one side of the bed (the one you can't see from the hall), but at the foot of the bed as well.  Forget the closet.  It's already stuffed with Christmas dishware, containers, and the like. 

It's been scary to open a cabinet door in the existing kitchen.  The shelves have been stacked neatly using every nano-inch of space.  The sideboard and china cabinet are already packed to the gills with dishes and items I have inherited or received as wedding presents (26 years ago). Then there is half of the double car garage piled high with boxes of kitchen items that I will use "some day." And my dear mother's that need to be unpacked.  Yet more dishes. 

Oh my, have I gone mad?

In the spirit of facing a kitchen remodel, I shall allow this accumulation until all can be put in it's rightful place.  My reasoning is this.  There will be room for all of it!  Dear God, I hope so.  If not, it's going to be one heck of a yard sale. At least so I say.  If faced with that decision, how do I choose what to part with?

It's been a good time to start "de-cluttering" since the kitchen is getting redone.  Everything needs to be in it's place. Every room, closet, drawer, cabinet.  Get rid of what's not been used in over a year (or two, or maybe three).  I've had a good run on it over the past few weeks.  Do you ever get so used to things around you that they become benign in nature?  Maybe you placed something somewhere as a temporary fix while tidying up, only to find it sitting in the same place a year later with a layer of dust on it?  

Either I've been walking around with blinders on or I am in a state of complete denial.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm emphatic on order and cleanliness in my home.  I'm not one of those people that little men in white coats come to take away.  Am I?

I have at least two more months of this.  Please wake me when it's all over!  
 
Comments
May 2, 2013 7:22 am
Too funny. As you may have read I was remodeled this year and every thing had to be removed from the kitchen and was put in the dinning room. It was a full month of each weekend getting a little more done, and as we progressed pieces of my kitchen ware and tools went back into the kitchen but not every thing. After all was said an done and I had put that room back together I had boxes and boxes of stuff that I didn't notice I hadn't put back in the kitchen so next week end I am having a yard sale. That doesn't mean I won't still be visiting good will and it's dish department. LOL
 
May 2, 2013 7:24 am
Good blog Cyn, Really resonated with me. I've spent the last two years getting rid of "stuff." Isn't it funny? We spend the first part of our lives earning money so we can purchase the things we want. Then, we spend the second half of our lives (generally after retirement) purging and de-cluttering. Now, don't you laugh at me, but right this very minute, in the trunk of my car, are my Dear (deseased) Mama's dishes. They're going home with me from SoCal to Oregon. The good news for me? I have room for them.
 
May 2, 2013 7:28 am
deCEASED. Jeeze.... Can't spell. BTW, my Mama's been gone for almost 10 years and her beautiful China has been in the custody of my older sister. Proves that saying; "Good things come to those who wait."
 
May 2, 2013 7:33 am
Candice being the dish hound that I am I would love to see the dishes and the recipes that went along with them. Oh that is right I am getting my Grandma's China. I got her cook books years ago and now the china is coming my way. I will make room for them,now that I remember haha thinking of the blog you wrote about your mama's house and your sisters just now made me think of my grandma's cook books and then remember oh no I need to make room some where because a large number of dishes are coming my way. Thank you for the reminder.
 
May 2, 2013 8:22 am
Great blog Cyn, DW and I collect Fiesta Ware and use it daily. I must say that we have service for forty (in all colors of the spectrum) and a table for eight, go figure. I also collect props for food photography but those are stored in the garage in their own cabinet.
 
May 2, 2013 8:24 am
Boy that is a toughie! I got rid of some bowls that I used all the time to make way for inherited stuff. I still wonder why I needed to hang on to the inherited stuff and not the bowls that I miss now. Good luck and I hope everything fits!
 
jazmania 
May 2, 2013 8:34 am
Oh, Cyn! How we can ALL identify! Candice and Joey Joan stepped-up to the "plate" (no pun intended)! with knowing too well how it all just "happens"!!! In circles we go...How are you going to live through a re-model and make your fabulous meal's? I live in a small townhome, and just last night I was fighting with the "container's and lid's" trying to get them to all fit neatly! It's a JOB to get where we all are...and where we are going in finding places for our Heirloom's!!! Good Luck in the month's ahead to everyone! LOVE reading these wonderful life-sharing stories!
 
jazmania 
May 2, 2013 8:39 am
oh...we can NEVER have too many dishes, bowl's, pan's....:-)!!!
 
Paula 
May 2, 2013 9:05 am
A very enjoyable read! Just FYI in case you can use this info. I turned a coat closet right next to the front door and dining room into a "butler's pantry." I keep my photo prop dishes there as well as dishes that aren't used everyday. I'm so glad my husband replaced that hanging rod with shelves.
 
May 2, 2013 11:01 am
My mom has about 500 rolling pins, they are hanging from the rafters all over her house. Some are older than 100 years.
 
May 2, 2013 11:31 am
Hi Joey Joan! Thanks for understanding. I'm sure the accumulation factor won't change much. We share the same draw to thrift stores. I was with a friend last weekend out of town browsing at a flea market. A woman had a twelve piece setting of Spode Christmas dishes. I started to utter an offer when my friend gave me "the look." Though a partner in crime, she knew it was not the time to be getting more. Restraint can be difficult at times! Thanks for sharing.
 
May 2, 2013 11:41 am
Profound words, Candice. Isn't it great your sister kept those dishes? So glad you have a place for them in your new home. For some reason dishes keep those that have passed closer in heart, especially when we set the table with them. They stir memories of the family at the table from years past. Glad to have touched you with the post.
 
May 2, 2013 11:43 am
bd.weld, I would love to rummage in your stash!
 
May 2, 2013 11:46 am
Cat Hill, you should have kept those bowls! That's what I'm afraid of, letting go of something I'll "need" down the line only to find them not there and then having regrets for getting rid of them.
 
May 2, 2013 11:49 am
Glad you can relate, Jazmania! Maybe it's a game of "She who dies with the most dishes wins!" Lord knows we can't take it with us. May as well enjoy it while we're here.
 
May 2, 2013 11:54 am
Hi Paula, how nice of your hubby to do that for you! Great idea. It sounds like you have done your fair share of picking for photo props. I've found myself starting to do that with this new hobby. The only problem is I can't buy just "one" plate, I have to buy the whole set. LOL!
 
May 2, 2013 11:56 am
So KingSparta, what do you plan to do with all of those rolling pins? Your mom must have an amazing collection.
 
May 2, 2013 12:40 pm
well she is 82 years old, and she asked if I wanted them when she passes. I told her I did not want anything, that's all I need more junk around the house. she does have a lot of Antiques. the only one I would want is my Great Grand fathers watch he got for being a conductor on the rail road his Engine was on displayed in Michigan once, not sure if it is still there or not.
 
May 2, 2013 2:19 pm
I won't let go! I won't! I won't! Getting me to declutter is going to be a lot worse than trying to potty train a boy! I won't let go!
 
May 2, 2013 5:27 pm
When my mother died, DH and I bought the house I grew up in from my dad. In it, where all my mother's accumulated kitchen and dinnerware, and both my grandmother. I had started my own when we got married and brought that with me. If that wasn't enough, my MIL moved in with us and brought her treasures. DH built me a room in the basement just to store all my treasures, most of which got used. When my girls started their homes I was able to give them so much they needed. Even my son has some. When we sold the house, we had 3 garage sales, gave a small UHaul full to a charity and still had a ton we brought with us. I am pretty certain it reproduces by itself.
 
May 2, 2013 7:36 pm
Doc - and your point is?
 
May 2, 2013 7:40 pm
Wow BigShotsMom, you really know what it's like to accumulate family heirlooms! Two generations passed down is a lot. Your children are so blessed to have a piece of their family history with them. Funny how when we just think we have made headway, in comes more. I'm glad I'm not the lone ranger! I appreciate you sharing.
 
May 2, 2013 9:43 pm
I like my stuff, and it will keep me company as though I were a Pharaoh. Come to think of it, my wife has been threatening to bury me with my stuff! I hope she doesn't mean prematurely!
 
char 
May 3, 2013 9:09 am
I too am addicted to buying dishes and kitchen stuff at estate and garage sales. I did get a great deal on a brand new kitchen aid mixer with all the attachments last year.
 
May 3, 2013 9:32 am
You know char, we could get in a lot of trouble together! I'm glad there are kindred spirits amongst me.
 
May 3, 2013 9:55 am
I saw a women post a deal she found on criags list of a boat load of fiesta ware bowls, serving dishes, plates, pitchers the whole shabang for 225.00. Can I just say not out bidding her took all my will power. LOL I can just see asking Bill for 250.00 to buy more dishes.
 
May 3, 2013 1:12 pm
Um, am I the only one who's got my dishes under control (Royal Dalton for the adults, Corell for the kids, a few heirloom teacups and just enough vintage Pyrex casserole dishes) but has plasticware enough to build another house? If it's not recyclable in my area, I can't bring myself to just toss it, so I have cottage cheese containers and Cool-Whip tubs filling my upright freezer (no, it's not plugged in...). Can I send leftovers someone's way and get the plastic OUT OF MY HOUSE?!
 
May 3, 2013 4:41 pm
KitchenWitch - I had an aunt like that who had beautiful fine china and ate out of margarine tubs. She had stacks and stacks and stored just about everything in them. I guess we each have our vices!
 
May 4, 2013 3:07 pm
I had so many wonderful things in my kitchen-- Scandinavian and Asian accoutrements, cookie presses and moulds, all sorts of kitchenware old and new that I truly cherished. Then I faced a sudden catastrophic move into a tiny little place without a real kitchen and no storage space whatsoever. Now all my dear things are in storage (and that situation is financially precarious). I miss my kitchen full of neat stuff! I say Hoard to your heart's content! And don't let anyone tell you not to!
 
May 4, 2013 5:22 pm
Cookin'Cyn, I hope things are in order for you soon! I am a foodie and a cook who moved to a house that has a kitchen about half the size of the one I used to have. That's not a good combo for someone who has all kinds of appliances and gadgets for the kitchen. I just told my hubby it was time to spring clean, but I'm afraid I'll still have too much stuff anyway. Oh well...maybe one day I'll have a lovely and large kitchen!
 
May 5, 2013 6:07 am
CookieWeasel, I appreciate your understanding. It's a passion that I have - all things to make preparing and serving food special. I,too, have had setbacks that limited my ability to enjoy the cherished array. Life can really throw us curve balls. Hopefully you will be with your treasures again soon.
 
May 5, 2013 6:14 am
wisweetp, usually when I say to hubs it's time to spring clean and organize, I'm usually referring to HIS stuff. That way I'll have more room for MY stuff. LOL! The kitchen I have now is half of what I had grown accustomed to. Hopefully with the addition of more functional cabinetry and moving the dining area everything will fit. It's taken 14 years to be able to undergo such a remodel, so hold on to your dream of having that big, lovely kitchen you yearn for!
 
Laurie 
May 8, 2013 7:45 am
We entertain a LOT! Therefore, i have to have a LOT....at least that is my rational. Serving dishes, place mats, napkins, wine glasses. I have tons of everything but my biggest 'hoarding' comes in the form of gadgets...I am a gadget junkie! I have a nicely organized storage room with shelving to accommodate all my kitchen stuff. All my friends know that if they need something, I have it!
 
May 9, 2013 8:37 am
Hoo boy, you hit a nerve, Cyn! After my remodel I lost a whole lot of space because of the addition of pull-out shelves in the existing cupboards. It's amazing how a few inches on three sides can multiply to the equivalent of two whole cabinets worth of stuff that no longer has a home. So, off to the garage, where those shelves are now filled. I cannot resist a good deal on great bakeware and the cookware rack is overloaded to the point I worry about it coming down someday. None of this stops me. One of the projects on my list is to clean out a dining room cupboard that houses the old dishware and various holiday and specialty serveware. There's stuff in there I haven't used in years and I need the space for all the new stuff. Big sigh. However, in my defense--and feel free to use it--it's not hoarding if it's organized! LOL Congrats on your new kitchen and I hope you love it as much as I love mine, space limitations notwithstanding. :-)
 
May 13, 2013 6:19 am
Ah, the gadgets! Laurie, thanks for chiming in. I have had to wean myself off of a lot of gadgets over the years. Just yesterday I found myself ordering a 5-uses-in-1 sort of gizmo. I vowed that as soon as it arrives the other gadgets it's replacing are going in the yard sale! Or at least, so I say.
 
May 13, 2013 6:36 am
KITK, I appreciate your input regarding pull-out shelves. It seems like that's what everyone is doing nowadays, in at least the bottom cupboards. I was wondering about how much space I would really gain or lose. I'm so glad to know there are others out there that have the same passion/addiction for great cookware and bakeware at a great price. I can't seem to help myself when I go into one of those "fashionista stores." They always have beautiful things and gotta-haves for the home. As you know, it's quite an undertaking. I have found it to be the perfect opportunity to purge the things that haven't been used in years (parting can be such sweet sorrow). But I realize it has to be done. Hopefully the extra space needed will be gained. Thanks so much for making me feel I'm not alone and for cheering me on!
 
 
 
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About Me
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
 
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