Saturday, June 19, 2010

Packing Up My Kitchen Today -- What Would You Keep as Your Essentials?

I hope everyone is doing well in the food blog world. I miss my virtual friends!

Since we put our house on the market in early May and sold in mid-May, it's been a whirlwind of emotion. We had a beautiful house -- the price was right, the location was right, and the timing of the move was perfect. We were soaring with excitement over our accepted offer on the new house and were moving forward with the paperwork, building inspection, etc. A week later, a counteroffer came in and we lost the house. After that, we descended into the valley of frantic house searching. Every time we were putting a bid on a house, another bid would come in. I thought to myself, I must be the good luck fairy for home sellers! Then we were in another negotiation where after we had agreed to a price, the seller came back and demanded list price.

Where is the famed buyer's market everyone has been talking about?

With all the craziness, I have cooked 3 times in the last six weeks, and today, I will pack up my kitchen. I gutted and renovated my kitchen in 2006, so it is with some regret that I will leave my cherry cabinets, my pantry with the pull-out shelves, my hot/cold water dispenser on my sink, and all the nifty things I put in.

Since we don't have a place to live yet, the contents of our house will go into storage as of June 30, the kids will go live with their grandparents for the summer, and Mark and I will housesit at a friend's house for the month of July. Hopefully, we will have a house by mid-August before school starts.

So as I face today's task of packing of my kitchen, I am thinking through what are my essentials that I will not put in storage. I'll report later what I kept, but what would you keep close to you if you had to pack up your kitchen?