Some might say minimalism and having children don’t mix well. My sixteen week old does have a ridiculous amount of fluffy toys considering all she’s interested in is the budget-rattle I made of uncooked pasta and rice in a plastic bottle, but I digress.
I’ve been reading up on minimalism with a family and we’ve drastically cut down on the clutter in our home, in every room that is, but the kitchen. I love cooking gadgets. Two years ago for Christmas my mother sent me a collection of purple kitchen gadgets and I squealed. I hardly need mention I obviously love to cook, so the kitchen was out of the question. I had done my bit and went through the Tupperware but that was it. I was not reducing our crockery, cutlery, utensils or gadgets.
That being said, I might be at home a lot more in the day, but it doesn’t mean the house chores get done. I’m just going to throw in here that having a baby is a full time job.
The dishes had been piling up for a couple of days so we had had another ‘discussion’ about how much of a state the place was and I wished for the millionth time that we had a dishwasher.
D jokingly, or not I’m still not sure, suggested we should each use one of every dish – one plate, side plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, glass and cup.
So naturally, I challenged us, one of everything for the entire weekend. I love nothing more than a challenge, despite my tendency to usually fail at them.
I told some friends of the challenge and they rightly thought we were bonkers. What if we had a screaming baby and were in desperate need of a glass of water or slice of toast but our glass or plate was in another room, what would I do? Go grab it and clean it one handed? I clearly hadn’t thought this through. What were we thinking indeed…
Morning; I set out all the dishes allocated to us for the weekend. It’s going fine until I have to hand express some milk for the Jellybean to mix her infant gaviscon with. My glass has water in it and I only need 5mls so instead of using the electric pump I grab the glass for D and squirt some in there. Pretty gross right? Just another perk of the glamorous mommy life I live these days. So technically I fail because I use D’s glass – but surely we have some slack when it comes to the Jellybean right? Err, sure.
Lunch; Simple! Use the plates, no restriction on kitchen utensils.
Evening; Of course I didn’t wash up the plates after lunch so have to do that, the only thing with this one of everything thing means washing up happens a bit more often, not sure if I’m using more or less water though.
Post-dinner; Firstly, you’re lying if you don’t have a post-dinner snack. I grab the two side plates, give them a quick rinse and towel them off. Washing a couple of plates sounds easy, but when your time is limited because your 16 week old is crying for attention all I want to do is grab a clean one from the cupboard and get back to playing with her.
Morning; I make breakfast, D plays with Jellybean. Last nights dinner seemed to use every utensil we have! I don’t wash them, for fear of missing out on family time. I’m feeling confident despite the little pile next to the sink.
‘We should try extend this for the week,’ I suggest way too optimistically. An extra glass is allowed for mixing Jellybean’s gaviscon.
Lunch; We’re out to family for lunch. No dishes needed! Jellybean has been fussy and crying with teething pain/acid reflux so stress levels are rising.
Evening; No dishes from the night before have been cleaned, they all seem to be needed for dinner now. I’m over it, challenge-aborted. Fresh plates used.
The idea of only using one dish and minimalising your crockery and cutlery sounds like a great idea but realistically I don’t have enough time to be washing up everything when I need to use it, or just after I have. Minimalism and babies don’t not go hand in hand, but I’m sceptical on the kitchen aspect. I suppose it would be easier if we got rid of the excess dishes rather than having them tempting me in the cupboard – I’m not sure what we would do when we have visitors around though.
Regarding my wardrobe however, I have definitely benefited from trimming it down and I will write a post on that!