Another great day at Costco. Facing back to school, my mind has turned to how I will be getting great meals into my family while almost always on the run. Just back from vacation and forced into a weekend trip (my personal pet peeve), I glanced down one aisle that I never go down, and there it was… a multi-purpose power pressure cooker appliance.

This 7.5 L beauty promises to make every meal I can possibly think of in such a short period of time, that my daily concern about having forgotten to take something out of the freezer in time will no longer be problematic.  Sounds too good to be true, but when I glance down at the magazine I have already put into my cart, it seems like a sign. “Instant Pot Masterpieces” in my September 2018 Issue of Clean Eating.  SOLD.

But I’ll be honest, for all of the marketing material on the box that caught my attention, what converted me to “sold” is the multiple appliances it can replace. My mind instantly goes to the extra space inside my pantry when this one item can successfully replace my current pressure cooker, slow cooker and rice cooker.  Awesome!

So what is the point? In my line of work, I see a lot of items that are kept out of habit – “I’ve always had it so I probably should keep it”, “I MIGHT use it in the future”, or one of the most common – “It was a gift so I must keep it”.  What if we only purchased items that contribute to the life we are trying to create? What if we became much more mindful of multiple purposes – would this create extra space for things that bring us real joy?

I know this seems a bit philosophical to be inspired by a small appliance purchase, but as I work with my downsizing clients, I am becoming more and more aware of how a smaller space really can be big enough.  I am constantly looking for ways to enjoy life with less.  I know, the question that pops to mind is if I should have purchased it when it is only my rice cooker that needed replacing.  I justified it by the fact that it would have cost nearly the same amount. I also feel good that by responsibly donating my no longer used items, someone else can benefit from them.

So time will tell if this works out the way I hope, but in the meantime, I am so optimistic I have cleared the space in my pantry!  And I admit it, it feels really great.