That Sinking Feeling

Now that the holidays are over, we are ready to settle into our homes and begin the new year. For many, that means attention to neglected areas. Let me introduce you to my kitchen sink!

I don’t know why, but the area under the kitchen sink seems to be one of the least favourite areas in the house. Maybe because of the sink pipes? Or maybe because that’s where all the cleaning stuff gets stored? This is certainly a problem the Proverbs 31 woman didn’t have to think about, as she fetched her water from a nearby well.

I have never considered it to be an unpleasant area, although until a year ago I did have my cleaning products under the sink. Since then, I have moved them to a cupboard in the laundry room, which is right next to the kitchen, so it’s still convenient — the advantages to living in a condo!

I still have my kitchen garbage container hanging on one of the cupboard doors, because that is one of the things I can’t stand to see sitting in a kitchen. On the other door I have a small acrylic container that holds my sponge/scrubbers and also a selection of cloths that I can grab quickly when I need one (part of my commitment to use fewer paper towels.) Sitting on the floor of the cupboard I have dish soap, a bottle brush, extra garbage bags, and dishwasher powder. I keep it in a brass and glass container from India, and I enjoy using a heart-shaped spoon to add it to the dishwasher. 

The rest of the space is used to store my baking sheets with their silicone liners, and pizza stones. They stand up in a file folder holder. On the other side I keep my Quick Cooker from Pampered Chef. It is a pressure cooker/slow cooker all in one, so it gets a lot of use year-round, but especially in the winter, when soups, stews, and chilis are on the lunch menu! Rolled up in the back corner is Epicure’s rolling rack, which fits perfectly onto one side of my sink.

Oh, and let’s not forget to replace the shelf liner whenever it looks like it needs to be refreshed. Finish up with a polish of your sink. I clean mine every day and polish once a week.

And that’s it! An under the sink area that might even become your favourite spot in the kitchen!

Why I Have a Set of Dishes for 12

I am starting the New Year with a confession, and yes, you read that title right! I – the one who preaches on getting rid of excess – I have set of dishes for 12 people! But let me explain:

  • This set is made by Lagostina. It has simple, yet elegant design, which is equally at home at breakfast or on our most formal tablescapes. 
  • It also coordinates well with a small set of Blue Willow I acquired a few years ago. In that way, it replaces the Royal Albert that I sold years ago.
  • It is white, so it can be used in any room, and combined with any accessory. We don’t need the matching cream and sugar, salt and pepper, or teapot. It looks just as  good with our crystal salt and pepper shakers as with our pepper grinder.
  • It is made of porcelain, not likely to chip, and is safe in the dishwasher and the microwave. Something my Royal Albert could not do.
  • We don’t have to eat off unmatched dishes.
  • It takes no more space to stack 12 dinner plates than it would to stack 6.
  • There are only two of us, yet we want to be careful with the water and electricity we use. We are always able to run the dishwasher with a full load.
  • Because we are saving for a full load, a smaller set would mean unexpected company would have to wait until we run the dishwasher. With our larger set, we always have at least six place settings in the cupboard – and we can seat six at our dining room table!