Living in a flat we are always short of space, which made me wonder why two cupboards in the kitchen are full of things I never use because I am “saving them for best”.
It wouldn’t be so bad if I occasionally used them but they never see the light of day. This is because:
1. I can’t work out which event would warrant best stuff v every day stuff.
2. I’m worried about breaking them – it is “The Best Stuff” after all.
3. In the excitement of having people over I forget I even have them.
I’m sure Christmas would have been an ideal occasion, especially as we had family visiting, but I didn’t even glance at the cupboards let alone open them (they are like sacred tombs) – and strangely our food tasted just fine on the every day plates.
If I have learned anything in my 38 years it is that life is short so why am I ‘saving things for best’ when every day should be a best day?
Well, no more.
Should you be in need of approximately 5,000 wine glasses (when none of us drink wine), including some that look like they might be from the 1980s, or 28 mugs (when only one of us drinks tea) then you will now find them at our local charity shop.
All of the good stuff – the crystal glasses we got as a wedding present along with the posh knives and forks which have been living in a wooden box on top of the kitchen units – is now just every day stuff to be used and enjoyed.
At the back of one of the cupboards I also found what I thought was a gravy boat until my husband pointed out it was in fact a milk jug. Look how clean it is. Never. Been. Used.
The hoarder in me thinks I might live to regret getting rid of the milk jug/gravy boat combo or what if I suddenly host a party where I need a dozen wine glasses (never mind that you couldn’t fit a dozen people in the flat)? But what is done is done.
I’m starting the New Year by living every day as a best day and also downsizing the things I clearly don’t need.
Next up – my clothes. I’m sure there are a few bits from the 1980s in there too along with stuff I am also “saving for best”. Don’t be surprised if you see me running my C25K in a ball gown!
Do you save anything for best? When do you use them?