About 6-7 years ago, if I needed to buy something for use in the kitchen, I thought along these lines –
- Try and do without it
- Look for the cheapest workable alternative
- See if my parents/others have an extra that I could take
My main logic was that I was renting, why have too much stuff when I am moving around so much and am not here permanently. Why bother?
I made do without a blender for 3 years.
I did not have a proper cutlery set for 4 years.
I avoided getting an oven for almost 5 years (There really was no extra space for an oven in my rental kitchens).
I had very little cookware.
I used a knife I did not like for 3 years.
I had an epiphany – I kept on postponing buying things for years and lived without stuff because of some plausible move/settling somewhere else in the future. I was depriving myself of pleasure and ease for some point in future. I had been saying that ‘I was not permanent here‘ for 3 years! Even, if I did move and settle permanently somewhere, would it be wise to spend a lot of money buying everything I needed at one go? Knowing me and how much research, analysis and searching I do, it would take me months before I got everything I wanted. At least buying stuff and using them would let me know if I liked it enough to take it with me or buy the same when I moved.
This was how I started buying kitchen stuff I wanted about 4 years ago and stopped postponing to some indefinite point in the future when I had my ‘own house and was settled‘. Granted, I have made some mistakes along the way and bought stuff I never used much or did not like later on but I have also invested in some cookware that has made my life easier and made me quite happy because it is a pleasure to use.
I am not permanent here but I am not permanent anywhere.