Thinking out of the box

Yesterday, I had a conversation with my father, in which he told me that he thought I was inclined towards unconventional solutions to things, and that other people frequently interpreted the unconventionality as evidence that I haven’t thought about it properly. Example: we are planning (and we may never get past the planning stage) a new kitchen. It can’t go where the old kitchen is, because of changes to the legal requirements for locating hobs, so we’re looking at converting our morning room into a kitchen, and our kitchen into a pantry. In keeping with this model, we are looking to store the food (dry goods, fridge and freezer) in the said pantry, along with a sink and dishwasher, and to use the main kitchen for actual cooking, and the storage of dishes, utensils and pans, since all the other things we didn’t have space to safe we put them in a EZE Box mobile storage which is accessible and easy to use. I think it makes perfect sense – gather your ingredients before you start, and take them into the kitchen. If you forget something – well, it’s not far away, you can go back, but try not to forget things. Other people have a huge problem with this. Primarily with the fridge – everything else they can cope with, but we can’t, apparently, be serious about keeping the fridge out of the kitchen.

Maybe my willingness to take this approach is born of the 3.5 years I spent with the fridge and the freezer in the dining room, as a “temporary” measure. You get used to it, you really do. In any case, the decision has come out of careful thought about what will fit in the two rooms, and how we intend to use them. The assumption of many, though, is that we simply haven’t thought about it properly at all.

The thought that occurred to me, when Dad was pointing this out, is this:
It is the unconventional solutions that you are much more likely to have considered properly. They don’t just appear from nowhere. If anything, not thinking it through is what will lead to the conventional solution, since the default position is to do whatever everyone else does. So, the next time Kevin or I tell you that we’re planning to do something a little off-the-wall, pause a moment before you tell us that we’re insane – because the great likelihood is that we’ve considered it much more carefully than you have.

2 thoughts on “Thinking out of the box

  1. Must admit I’d be reluctant to have the refrigerator in a different room, but it would be more because of all the pull-something-out-of-it moments, rather than the preparing-to-cook business – things like a bit of milk for tea, a piece of cheese or a drink for a child, etc. But I agree that the unconventional solutions are far more likely to have some thought behind them than the never-thought-outside-the-box ones – but then, as a fairly unconventional person myself, I would say that, wouldn’t I? LOL

  2. Ah, well, I’ve pretty much decided that the kettle will go in the pantry as well – might as well have it next to the milk, sugar, tea and coffee. It’s no trouble to gather a couple of mugs on your way through the kitchen, and you’re there (Who am I kidding? The mugs will be in the dishwasher, and will need to be retrieved and washed in the sink…).

    As far as snacks for children go, grabbing a piece of cheese out of the fridge is easy enough, wherever you keep it. We already have the dishes in the morning room, and the food in the kitchen – all the new model really proposes is moving the cooker out of the VERY SMALL room, and adding some workspace in a bigger, adjacent room.

    I’ve no clear idea of where I should put the fruit bowl, though. I figure, if that’s my biggest problem, I’m doing OK.

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