When I started my KonMari project, I decided I would not be following the recommended order of sorting. You know, first clothes, then books, paper, and finally everything else.
Instead, I started with books (because it was the easiest place to start as I already knew what I wanted to get rid of), then moved on to paper (and threw out most of it), and then to kitchenware and tableware. That’s because this is where I thought some sorting and organisation could really make a difference, both from the functional and aesthetic point of view.
You see, I have a bit of a mix and match approach to tableware: I see it as a sort of a capsule collection. Or, rather, as several capsule collections… I seem to have only 2-4 pieces of everything. Sure, I had lots (and I means lots) of plates, bowls and glasses. But never more than 4 in a certain colour or design. Variety is a good thing, right? However, my taste in clothes seems far more constant and a lot less eclectic than my taste in tableware…
Anyway… As I went through my various ‘capsule collections’, I decided what I wanted to keep and had the local recycling centre come and collect the rest. Then I went out and bought a few pieces (the black plates and bowls) to complete the ‘look’ I was after.
As a result, I now have tableware that not only reflects my current style but also meets my needs by allowing me to mix and match at will, either in black and white or in colour.
So, what you’re seeing in the photos above is actually 3 sets of tableware that go seamlessly together: the black Arabia plates and bowls mix nicely with the Marimekko bowls, plates and cups and the grey Iittala glasses.
But I can also mix and match the black / black and white tableware with the two sets of glass bowls and wine glasses I have (first picture: Ultima Thule by Iittala, second picture: New Wave by Villeroy and Boch bowls and Essence by Iittala champagne glasses). This should give me enough options to come up with different ‘looks’ for my table settings.
You want to know the best thing about this ‘capsule collection’? It’s all dishwasher safe. Every single piece here.
And if I break something? No problem: everything here can easily be replaced. I’m clumsy enough to appreciate the fact that my everyday tableware is actually meant to be used.
But doesn’t black and white get a bit boring after a while? Oh well, I can always add a little bit of colour by using something from another one of my ‘capsule collections’. Remember, I need some variety, so this is by no means everything I have in my kitchen cupboards… But maybe that’s a topic for another blog post.
Does your tableware reflect your style?
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