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Project Simplicity…Saying Goodbye to an Unwanted Appliance

on February 21, 2013

Of all of the places in the kitchen I get clutter, the pantry is the worst. It seems that I keep putting more stuff in without taking anything out. For example, when I bring canned food out of the basement the empty mason jar goes in the pantry. The jars had built up pretty bad so I moved most of the jars down to the basement again. That cleared up a lot of room but the jars were not the only thing taking up space. The microwave oven took about half a shelf, which is more space than I was willing to give it. So, I decided to get rid of it.

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Yep, I decided to get rid of my microwave oven! I have wanted tolet it go since last spring but decided that maybe that was too crazy. I thought I would miss the convenience.  So I kept the microwave oven for almost  year before deciding that I just couldn’t let it take up space anymore. But first I thought about what I used the microwave oven for and this is what I came up with, reheating leftovers, melting butter, and sometimes defrosting meat. Not too big of a list but before I really let it go I thought of how I could do these microwave things with out a microwave. So I will

 

1. Remember to take meat out the night before.

2. Melt butter or coconut oil in a sauce pan or in an oven safe dish when the oven is preheating.

3. Heat up leftovers in the oven or on the stove top.

 

So far, so good. I let go of the microwave about a week ago and haven’t missed it one bit. This transition was easier than I thought and it clears up a lot of space. The picture below shows where the microwave used to be, now it has baking dishes.

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For now, the microwave oven sits in the basement just in case, but I have a feeling that I won’t be needing it anymore.

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Anyone need a microwave?

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8 responses to “Project Simplicity…Saying Goodbye to an Unwanted Appliance

  1. Very cool! Not only do they take up a lot of space, but they just aren’t very good for you :). I say a good decision! 🙂
    I hope you’ll consider linking up at the Saturday Round-Up, the new Blog hop at A Joyful Mother!
    http://ajoyfulmother.com/2013/02/22/saturday-round-up-a-new-blog-hop/

  2. SheMigi says:

    Every time I say I’m not going to have a microwave when I’m older (I’m about to turn 17) my mom laughs at me. But you really don’t need a microwave, I just want a toaster oven like one of my teachers has. It works.

  3. We tried to get rid of our microwaive… my inlaws bought us a new one! When I tried to explain why we got rid of it they looked at me like I was an alien. SO It is un plugged until they come and visit. I love the idea of moving it elsewhere. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I hope you can join us again this week.

  4. foodaddictionrecovery says:

    I have been microwave free for two months now and couldn’t be happier

  5. For what it’s worth I haven’t even noticed it was missing and I’m know that I’m at least partially the reason it lasted so long.

  6. Deanna says:

    We quit using our microwave a few years ago (- t’s a built-in over the stove with the vent kind – I can’t rip it down without going into some type of renovation. We just using the toaster oven for the smaller daily things (it’s larger toaster oven). I heat up the big oven on the weekends. I broke down and used the microwave this morning to reheat my oatmeal as I was in a time crunch and needed to get out the door – and all I could think of is what those “waves” were doing to my perfectly good stone cut oats!! YUCK. I ate it anyway…better than breaking down at work and eating a ton of candy.

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