Re: Open Shelves in Kitchen
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 12:09:46 -0700 (MST)
Ah, yes, excellent point, Sharon.

BTW, if there are things that don't get used often enough to keep the dust
off, it may be time to cull the kitchen. CH kitchens tend to attract the
most useless items from people's homes. We've had to be very firm about
getting rid of stuff over the years. There are always those who want to save
everything who run out of room at home. Make sure your commonhouse doesn't
become a dumping ground and that you have a ruthless person or people with
the right to get rid of unused items. We just put them on a table and tell
people to take them home or they're going to Goodwill.


> This is another reason why it is important to know the
> circumstances of the particular community when learning from their
> experience. Liz's community has a very active meal program with a well
> organized kitchen. We have at least two meals a week but one is catered
> (pizza) and the other is often cooked at home or with ingredients
> brought from home. Thus our ingredients on the open shelves are used
> less often. Our dishes, glasses. etc. are in open storage but are used
> much more often and run through the sterilizer. We have a person who is
> a devil cleaner and goes through the stuff on the shelves, cleaning as
> necessary but not every week and she does go on vacation. Things do get
> coated with oil and dust.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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