What Special Kitchen Treasures Do You Like to Collect?

In recent years, there's been a large push to ditch extra kitchen items you might not need and to truly love the items you use on a regular basis. Now I'm all for paring down, but that doesn't mean I don't hoard wooden spoons or vintage dish towels with the best of them! What about you?

Over recent years I've found great freedom in not hoarding things in my kitchen. It used to be a thing right after I was married: it felt grownup to keep collecting more and more things. Utensils, canisters, bowls, you name it — that's what grownups do right?

People collect things for several reasons. More often than not it's for nostalgic purposes. Maybe your grandmother had a certain type of china in her kitchen and it gives you warm fuzzies to keep the same pieces in your home. Maybe your mom always used wooden spoons and you love the way they drag on the bottom of a pan when cooking. For others it's design, function or just the sheer joy of collecting that drives them.

What do you collect in your kitchen and why? Share your obsessions, big or small, in the comments below!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.