The Aliyah Files #35 To bring or not to bring kitchenware

Whether making aliyah or moving house, the volume of kitchenware is something to consider before shlepping all your things from one home to another. In many dwellings, storage space is inadequate. In others, while adequate storage, the kitchen design has me shaking my head wondering “What in the world was the designer thinking?” making it challenging to access and use what you did bring. IMHO, here are some things to consider:

Coffee mugs and reusable bottles- I can fathom to guess you have your favorites. Keep them. The excess is clutter. Get rid of it.

Breakables-the chances of breakage a high, even when handling with utmost care. The counter tops of granite or other hard material spell disaster for glass and ceramic items. The number of ‘fatalities’ aka broken drinking glasses we had in our first year of aliyah fell into the category of ‘too many to count’.
Just keep this in mind when deciding what to bring.

Paper goods, plasticware, and baggies-DO NOT STOCKPILE THESE ITEMS. DO NOT GO WAREHOUSE CLUB SHOPPING PRIOR TO ALIYAH. Many advise to do so, I am staunch against it. You can buy them here. READ ALIYAH FILES #17 Ditch the Warehouse Club Mentality.

Storage containers-The joke is that the missing lids and your unmatched socks have run off together. If there are containers without lids, or lids without containers, chuck them. Also, consider keeping only the ones that nest together, as it will save space.

Multiples-For example, take note of how many spatulas you have. How many do you have? How many do you realistically use? Just because you bought a package of three, doesn’t mean you need to keep all.

Gadgets-Do you really need the egg slicer, strawberry huller, apple corer? Maybe yes, maybe no. I can’t answer that for you. If you don’t use it or use it so rarely, you can probably live without it.

Small electrical appliances-IF and only IF you have a transformer IN THE KITCHEN and the storage space then and only then consider brings your Cuisinart or other loved appliance. I’ve worked with so many people who brought their foreign voltage appliances to eventually put them curbside. I personally did not bring anything with cords.

You can always err on the side of “might need it” and bring it, but since you are paying to shelp, is it worth the cost of “might”? Only you can decide.

That’s my two cents on what to bring for kitchenware.

If you found this article helpful, there are 34 other Aliyah Files to catch up on.


Published by Karen Furman

Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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