I was putting dishes away Monday morning and had to put some kitchen gadgets in the drawer. I couldn't even get it open. Total chaos! It's been this way for a long time, but since I'm the only one who has to put up with it and it wasn't visible, I put it on the bottom of my to do list. But I finally had enough fighting with the drawer.
"I'm cleaning out the gadget drawer!" I announced. My husband exultantly said, "YES! It needs it!" I guess I'm not the only one who's been putting up with it. After yanking the drawer free, I started taking out everything in it. I ran out of space on the counter and decided it was time to get the trash can.
Gadgetry is something that gets out of control very fast. You know, the newest kitchen tool comes out and you think, "How could I ever live without this!" Oh the money I've wasted. So as I started digging through the mountain of gadgets I made the decision to use the method I use when purging the boy's toys.
As I went through the pile it started getting funnier and funnier. Beside all the normal stuff I found large quantities of. . .
- dull paring knives (5) - I don't even use paring knives! Must have been dull when I bought them, but why did I buy them?
- baby medicine dispensers - Um, I haven't had babies for quite a while.
- crazy straws - These were the culprits that were making my drawer not open.
- dull vegetable peelers (4) - Did I think I would need to hold onto these in case a blight on sharp vegetable peelers hit America?
- empty cooking thermometer covers (3) - I always seem to melt the thermometer.
- and funniest of all . . . chip clips (53 to be exact) - Really! I know we like chips, but come on now! Exercises some moderation on the clips!
There's always the things you know you have to keep because you might need it one time in the next decade . . .
- cake knife/server - If at some point your butter knife just won't cut it.
- tea ball - The technology of tea bags might turn out to cause global warming, El Nino, and all the other environmental issues that could be blamed on it.
- cookie dough scoop - What if tablespoons go out of business?
- orange peeler - Peeling an orange with your fingers might become too strenuous an activity.
- V-shaped cutter - In case a watermelon has to be carved into a basket for some odd reason.
Anyway, I threw away a ton of the ridiculous, most of the not been used, and only kept 20 of the chip clips. I just couldn't part with them. Do I have a fetish for chip clips or what?