Or: Why I still use items from my childhood household.

Is it just a matter of frugality? (Huh, me and being frugal? Not really!) No, it’s more a matter of my way of thinking. Why throw away a perfectly good item when it’s not broken? I discovered that I would rather throw out or give away stuff I bought instead of stuff I took with me from my childhood home after the death of my parents. And whenever I use or see one of those items it makes me smile and think of them. “Researching” the idea I had for this post it kind of blew my mind how much I still have and use everyday stuff which I could have replaced by more modern things.

1.) My parents’ cooking pots: Why would I throw out perfectly good pots of excellent quality? Just to get a different set? Oh, and I also still possess and use a small milk pot which was part of their very first set … let’s see … I guess it’s 40+ years old by now … and I will probably have it another 40 years …

2.) Those orange bowls: being in our household as long as I can remember. I would presume they must be around 35+ years by now. And I still use them! And makes me think of our former ochre coloured kitchen (hey, it was the 70s, a perfectly suitable colour in those days …)

3.) Clothes drying rack: not as old, but still at least 15-20 years old. And still as good as new.

4.) My beloved freezer: move No 1 – Carinthia to Styria, move No 2 – Styria to first apartment in Germany, move No 3 – first apartment to the relationship apartment, move No 4 – relationship apartment to my current apartment. And we’re here to stay! It’s still working and I hope it will keep working for a long time to come! Screw the not yet stellar energy efficiency – which HE had to point out constantly! My darling freezer is defrosting itself … so what else is there to say!? (Well, apart from my desire to have a larger freezer … but my freezer has been a faithful companion through all those moves, so I will stay faithful to him until the end …)

5.) Socks: Yep, my father has been dead these past 12 years and I still wear some of his pairs of socks at home. Tacky? Well, I also still have a few other clothing items like two of his beloved flannel button down shirts, which he wore at home in winter … and I too occasionally wear them.

6.) Knives and other kitchen utensils. Too many to count.

7.) Soap supplies from my father’s business trips: oh boy, he was collecting them and once upon a time there were two large boxes filled with hotel soaps. And we were only allowed to use up the multiples. Even though I distributed some of them to my sister and my aunt, the major part stayed with me. I guess I will be washing my hands with hotel soaps for a few years to come yet … which I actually prefer to liquid soap.

8.) Mum’s black anorak and the one or other clothing item: I love it, I just love it. Even though it’s slowly starting to get a bit shabby at the sleeves and hem. But I just can’t part with it. Not yet.

9.) All those nice writing utensils – lots and lots of ballpoints, mechanical pencils and fountain pens. All of very good quality and used by yours truly. Daily.

10.) Fondue set and cheese fondue pot: welcome to the 70s. Do I need to say more? (Besides, I might have already mentioned my treasured sets a few of my posts!)

11.) Tools: thanks to my Dad’s extensive collection I just had to get myself a cordless drill and screwdriver. My sister inherited his set … and for the common repairs and improvements in my apartment I’m perfectly equipped.

12.) My everyday plates: with the lovely herb design – every plate another herb –, which were acquired during the two years my father lived and worked in Dusseldorf / Germany. So, they are back in their home country.

I’m sure I missed a few things, which pop up from time to time. Like … coasters, single dishes, wine glasses, bowls, vases, table linens … they are part of my life and my past. Reminders of my home, my parents and beloved forever.


6 thoughts on “REMNANTS FROM MY PAST

  1. Hang onto that freezer! More modern ones, like all household machines, are only built to last about 10 years, if that! If they last any longer the manufacturer goes out of business! It’s like much of so-called our modern way of living, easy-come-easy-go! And when earth’s resources run out maybe the solutions to our greed, sorry needs, lie in outer space 🤔🙃🥴. Captain Kirk will have the answer!

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    1. You are absolutely right! Just wishful greedy thinking for even more freezer storage space to stuff with my Austrian food I bring back to Germany. 😂Apart from that, I certainly hope my freezer will stay with me for ages to come … having survived all those moves and is still working faithfully … I still remember when the old one failed soon after my father’s death and my mother and I headed to the small electronics store in my hometown and got this one delivered the same day! Nothing spoilt from the frozen food! Something like this wouldn’t have been possible with one of the big electronics store chains … so like all the other things I’m still using … it’s special!

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  2. Such a wonderful post. I totally concur with your opinion and your sentiment. “Why throw away a perfectly good item when it’s not broken?” That’s true. Recently I have to throw away stuff since I just have too many stuff. I want to be a minimalist and still have the convenience of finding things when I need to use them.

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    1. Before moving in with my now ex I had to give away lots of stuff too … I could sell lots on ebay (not the auction part of ebay) and most of the rest I brought to a charity store where it’s sold for little money. I admire you for your decision to become a minimalist. I love my many books and memories from my childhood and ancestors too much to go that way. And I enjoy just looking at those things … or at my full book shelves 😁. But you should do what makes you happy. And never let anyone tell you differently!

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      1. Hahaha. Thank you for your reply. Yes, I don’t have any good memories about my childhood. I only miss my friends who were and are so dear to me. My dysfunctional family made my childhood a total misery. However you are very different and you must have a wonderful childhood. Yes, retain all those beautiful memories and they are very essential to our wellbeing.

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      2. I’m sorry that you had a bad childhood! I didn’t know … friends are at least as important, and you know, THOSE you can choose yourself … family you cannot. I too have people in my small remaining family I can’t stand, we have nothing in common apart from being related. Lifelong friends are a treasure. I often write about Aunt Do. There’s one post I dedicated to her. She died many years ago. She was not related to us at all. She knew my father already in his childhood and was a lifelong friend and honorary aunt to all of us. Celebrating Easter, Christmas, birthdays together. My mother’s sister cared for her in the end. Aunt Do was part of our family and I still think of her often and miss her at least as dreadfully as the others. Hope you get to chat lots with your faraway friends. Thankfully we live in a day and age where communicating is quite simple. Email, calls, text messages, video calls, … just imagine we would just have the means to write letters … 🙈🤗


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