When they were doing up their kitchen the contents of the cupboards and drawers were packed up and put in another room.
When the renovations were finished they put only those things they were going to use back. After a year there were still some things they hadn’t used or missed.
I suspect most of us would be in a similar position – big people’s gadgets are a bit like children’s toys. There’s ones which are used regularly and you wouldn’t want to part with and others are fun for a while but soon get forgotten.
My post on outdoor toys attracted votes for diggers, chain saws, a John Deere harvester, a Yamaha raptor and a Harley, and advice to change my mind on a water blaster.
It’s time now to consider indoor toys.
Let’s start by acknowledging that things which make housework easier like automatic washing machines, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners aren’t toys but necessities for modern life.
At the opposite extreme to those are the the ones which couldn’t be considered necessities, were used a few times but are now in the back of a cupborad like the ice cream maker.
That leaves appliances which I use regularly and while I could do without them, would prefer not to:
* the Kenwood mixer my mother-in-law gave my farmer and me as an engagement present (still working after 27 years).
* food processor (not as hardy as the mixer, I’m on to my third).
* breadmaker – it used to be used every day when I fed staff, it’s not used so often now but still often enough to not want to give it up.