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A Wedding Registry (in Hindsight)

A Wedding Registry (in Hindsight)

Last year I read a post entitled, The Wedding Registry Gifts We Still Use 10 Years Later (and the Ones We Don’t. I loved it. Now that we’re 10 years in, and I have two siblings getting married this year, I thought I might post one of my own. Especially considering I basically already typed it up in an email to my sister when she asked me what I would add or edit to her registry.

There are so many creative ways to register now. You can register for your honeymoon, or to supplement your outdoor lifestyle at non-traditional stores like REI. My sister found one where you can consolidate registries at multiple stores and guest have the option to give you gifts or the money equivalent. As for me, I dreaded creating a registry, but in hindsight I’m so grateful for all of the household items we registered for, were gifted and still use on a daily basis.

Here’s my wedding registry in hindsight:

The Kitchen

I would still register for…

  1. white plates (though I would have researched for something sturdier)
  2. classic flatware
  3. cast iron pans (and I would have added a small size to my medium and large collection)
  4. nesting glass mixing bowls
  5. bakeware set
  6. wine glasses (but just gone straight for the dishwasher-friendly stemless variation)
  7. drinking glasses (but opted for something we were less likely to break)
  8. kitchen utensils (but forgo the plastic and opt for wooden and stainless steel)
  9. classic appliances such as a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, hand mixer and blender (but I would have chosen the unbreakable Vitamix instead of the blender/food processor combination)
  10. and the handful of white serve ware.

I wish I had added…

  1. a good chef’s knife
  2. a beautiful, enamaled dutch oven
  3. a few pieces quality cookware (I still do not know what I would go with, but not the non-stick stuff – we have already replaced our entire cookware set once)
  4. glass in lieu of Calphalon
  5. quality dish towels (this last one feels silly, but I wish that I had a few well-made dish towels instead of my hodge podge collection)

The Bathroom

I would still register for white towels. Done and done. A friend of mine that is great at vetting such things would recommend Matouk or Sferra. Our workaday towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond are still holding up, but I plan on upgrading when they finally disintegrate.

I wish I had added linen towels.

The Bedroom

I would still register for our down comforter. Even though Wrigley has taken to pee on it every time we’ve brought it out the past two years, it’s held up well and will continue to serve us for years to come.

I regret registering for sheets as I’ve never found a set to hold up for long enough to make an investment worthwhile.

I wish I had added…

  1. organic pillows
  2. a classic white duvet (and sized up to king so there’s ample room)
  3. beautiful euro and standard shams in variations of white and cream

The Rest of the House

I wish I had added…

  1. planters
  2. baskets
  3. a radio

Did you register for your wedding? Was there anything you would change in hindsight?

Downsizing All Year Round

Downsizing All Year Round

Perhaps it’s the New Year, or coming off the end-of-year spending. Whatever the case, I’m feeling a major downsizing itch. Once I start seeing all the things I do not really need, the list seems to grow exponentially. And while I have found it is fairly easy to start parsing out things to get out of the house, it’s not always so easy to determine where they should go next. Are they something I should try to resell? Or give away? If so, where? I try desperately to keep trash and recycling as an absolute last resort, even when things seem beyond repair (thank you heavy trash). Since I do not think our crib can hold any more items in giveaway limbo, I decided to rein it in and extend the pleasure of purging. My plan is to simply do away with one item/group of items every week or so.

Last week I decided it was time to part ways with my textbooks from graduate school and a couple of Ben’s from undergrad. I was foolishly optimistic that I could sell more than a few. I sold two. Then after reaching out on Facebook, I decided to skip any extra effort and simply take the remaining stack to Half Price Books. After 15 minutes I walked away with $2 and an empty bag. I’ve learned that decisiveness is essential to actually getting things gone, so I ignored my instinct to further research.

Well, that’s done – now just 51 more things/weeks to go.

Do you struggle to get things out of your house? Where are your favorite second homes for all your stuff?

The Perfect Closet

I have been thinking about the perfect closet for some time. It is wonderfully, gloriously, epically small. Fit in one carryon small.

I want to get there. I have been trying. I have been making progress – buying pieces I cannot wait to wear, choosing quality, filing in gaps instead of adding to what I already have and purging. Despite my efforts and intentions, I still managed to accumulate pieces that only served me in the dressing room. And there are many items I still need to acknowledge are not working for me and give them the opportunity to find a closet where they might be enjoyed.

I played around with numbers in my head, trying to figure out exactly how little I wanted. Then I happened onto this blog via Pinterest. It had exactly what I wanted – some guidance. At first I got distracted by her effortless style and wardrobe, and I was overcome by a longing to expunge everything I owned and just replicate what she was doing. Reason prevailed and the desire evaporated, and now I am sitting with a means to make our honest-to-goodness $0 clothing budget a lot more interesting.

My plan is to try it all out in March during Ben’s spring break. What better way to start the (Persian) New Year?