Ware to Start

You could eat off paper plates, but you’d be tossing money in the trash can. You can get by with a cheap set of plastic or melamine, but probably shouldn’t put them in the microwave. Stoneware looks good and grown-up, but it weighs a ton and chips easily. Porcelain is fragile and laughably expensive for a fledgling.

You need something that is inexpensive, lightweight, durable, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, good-looking, and versatile. Seems impossible, doesn’t it?

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Beyond the Nest

Your first time living away from home is probably going to be full of adjustments. At home, you may have had a maternal figure who did all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry, and maybe a paternal figure who took care of the maintenance, repairs, and yard-mowing. You might have never hung a curtain rod, set up a wireless network, checked your own tire pressure, mended a torn hem, or cooked an entire meal from scratch.

Welcome to the world beyond the nest… you’re on your own.

In this blog, I hope to share my experience and know-how. I want to demystify cooking, simplify cleaning, reduce clutter, lower expenses, and generally just try to help you live on your own without having to call home every night for help and advice. I don’t know everything, but I do know a lot, and what I don’t know, I’m willing to learn. I hope you’ll appreciate learning along with me.