08 Oct Making Space in the Galley
One of the things I’ve been doing on our new-to-us boat is considering what of the previous owner’s galley gear I want to keep and setting the rest out as giveaways.
The galley only has two fairly short drawers, yet almost all the tools left aboard are longer than will fit in them! In addition to being long, they’re just plain large . . . and tend to be single purpose. That’s doubly bad! Two lessons from this: measure your storage space before buying anything, and never have anything that’s not at least dual-purpose unless it’s something you just can’t live without.
Not only do I find it to be a great all-around tool in the galley, it’s short enough to fit in my drawers and you can see how much less space it takes than the nylon tools that the previous owner had.
I can live without a special pasta serving tool. My measuring scoops can double as a soup ladles. And I prefer the spoon/spatula to a big spoon like that in the photo.
When we first got aboard, I found a mishmash of galley tools stuck everywhere in the drawers and all the galley (and near-galley!) lockers. I’ve been pretty ruthless in culling it – seriously, who needs three sharpening steels for knives? Or seven paring knives (none good). Admittedly, I’ve added back a few of my own (smaller) favorites. And I’ve discovered a couple things that I still need to get, such as metal spatula.
Maybe there’s a bit of hoarder in me – it was hard to take an armful of items down to the giveaway area in the yard. I mean, this is stuff that’s mine and I’m just getting rid of it?
But now everything fits in the drawers – with space to spare – and I can actually find what I’m looking for. And I have some empty locker space to put “missing” items like a Thermos, a can opener, a mixing bowl and the all-important corkscrew.