"Simplify, simplify, simplify" -- words by Henry David Thoreau, American writer and philosopher -- come to me often.
I am trying to simplify my life in several ways, one way by getting rid of things I don't need, that are no longer meaningful to me.
I started this purging process several weeks ago with my closet and have made some progress. Paring down my wardrobe has been difficult, but I'm still working on it.
Meanwhile, I have begun the process in my kitchen. This task has been easier. I open my cabinets and see five sets of dishes! And I use one, sometimes two, if we have guests. These five do NOT include the "good" china for the dining room, nor the "Autumn" by Lenox packed away in boxes. You get the idea: I have too much "stuff."
Below is one set I washed up today and it's going out the door! It's a set from Germany, purchased there in the early 1960s (not by me) and "inherited," so to speak, through a "trade" for a much more expensive item. I have used it a few times during the past 20 years. It is a lovely set, but it has many pieces and occupies far too much cabinet space.
|The marking on the back of each piece, "Alba-Bunst, Alboth & Kaiser-Bavaria," was used between
I tried to research this china on the Internet but learned very little. The company dates back to 1872 and I'm not sure if it still produces china. There are many offerings of odd pieces, but none of this pattern, at specialty shops and on eBay. If anyone out there has information about this china pattern, I would appreciate your letting me know.
The set includes:
8 dinner/luncheon plates
24 desert/salad plates
8 soup bowls
10 cup saucers
Cream pitcher and sugar bowl
2 gravy boats
3 vegetable bowls
1 odd top (fits none of the vegetable bowls)
The soup bowls show a bit of lightening of the pattern, probably due to being run through the dishwasher. One of the 24 desert/salad plates has a small chip and the large bowl has a hairline crack. Otherwise, the set is in pristine condition and quite lovely.
|Gravy boats, cream pitcher and sugar bowl|
|Two vegetable bowls, same size; two platters in background|
|Sugar bowl and cream pitcher; two platters|
|Cup and saucer|
|Dinner plate and salad/desert plate|
What are some of the things you have "too many of?"