The Can Opener

Seeing that I was the one who moved in with my boyfriend, it meant he was the one with the house and everything that went along with that including furniture, artwork and you guessed it, kitchen utensils. I’ve always struggled with using his can opener. I don’t know what it is about it but it’s just…difficult to use.

It’s a pain in the backside when I’m cooking and needing to open a tin of beans or tomatoes and the ring pull breaks. It usually results in me struggling with the can opener, becoming frustrated and angry (sometimes throwing the can opener across the room) which leads to my boyfriend coming into the kitchen and taking over. This frustrates me on two levels. First of all, this messes with my independence as I don’t like having to rely on someone else to be able to cook a meal. Second of all, what do I do if he’s not home and I need to open something?

I was ‘lucky’ enough to find out the answer this question recently when the ring pull broke off a tin of black beans I was trying to open and my boyfriend was out and not due home for hours. I struggled with his god awful can opener for ages and eventually tried to YouTube how to operate the particular brand. No luck. My frustration only grew.

Being that it was mid-morning on a Saturday, I raced to the supermarket filld with anger and frustration and purchased a new can opener. It was exactly what I wanted (and only cost $3). When I go home I was able to open my tin of black beans with no issues whatsoever. This not only filled me with joy that I was able to continue cooking but also that my boyfriend’s can opener is actually just weird becase I had no problems operating the new one.

It’s taken me a while to get to the point of this post, but we’ve finally made it. We now have TWO can openers. But, we don’t need two can openers, this is how unnecessary clutter starts, with excess. With my boyfriend’s blessing (seeing as the offending can opener is technically his property) I got rid of it. There’s no space in the drawer to have two can openers, so why let the clutter build? We simply go rid of the duplicate we didn’t need. This is minimalism. One can opener.

The ‘can opener test’ is something I need to and intent to apply to everything in our house. There are some things you just don’t need multiples of. Be it in the kitchen, bathroom or wardrobe there’s only so much space I’m willing to sacrifice for more stuff.

Do you have unnecessary duplicates cluttering up your kitchen?