Just a bowl and a spoon. My dear friend Lynne once said it would be enough. I tend to agree, at times. I have eight basic white dinner plates, eight white salad plates,
eight seven white bowls, eight white mugs. We never use the mugs, because we have at least a dozen other mugs.
Plus, I have six cobalt-blue dessert plates, four dessert plates trimmed with strawberries, two shallow bowls, two not-so-shallow bowls, assorted small bowls, six glass footed dessert bowls, four ramekin bakers, two teapots, and another small baking dish with a cover. This is what’s in one double cupboard in my kitchen.
Then there’s the other cupboard with all the mugs. And the cupboards on the bottom with all the pots and pans and the wok and the skillet and the small food processor and the colander and the strainers…..
And the china cabinet, with the service for twelve, the ‘good china’ that had belonged to my husband’s mother, a woman I never knew. Plates and small plates and cups and saucers and a gravy boat and platters and more. The Wedgwood set that my mother had treasured. And above, on shelves, there are Sandwich glass candle holders and a teapot from England and and Austrian glassware and a plate from Japan…..
I’m exhausted just typing it all. And what do we use? A mug for coffee. A plate or bowl for breakfast. Another plate or bowl for dinner and glasses for water or wine. 90% of the items I wrote about above are not used. If I run the dishwasher, it’s once a week at best.
So, it’s my mission to donate as much of these things as I can. Someone must need dishes.
Note: I do understand that, for some of you, your family heirlooms will be passed down to your children (even if they don’t want them!!). Our situation is different, and I’m more than willing to let certain items go. My husband might need a bit more encouragement.