My fiance and I just moved into a two bed, two bath condo and basically have nothing in terms of home items. We have a wedding registry at a couple of the typical stores (Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, etc.) and I would like your advice on how to build an Uncluttered Wedding Registry. There are a lot of items “they” at the stores suggest for a registry that are true unitaskers (e.g. salad spinners). What items would you definitely put on your wedding registry and what items would you definitely leave off?
Kirsten, this is a HUGE topic, so I want to just look at the subtopic of the kitchen right now. You’ve said that you don’t have a lot of home items, which makes setting up a registry a good plan for you.
I would keep two things in mind when heading to the stores: 1. The employees at the store want you to have people buy, Buy, BUY!! gifts and don’t care a whole lot about helping you get your home in order, and 2. Your goal is to set up your kitchen in the way that you and your spouse will use it.
Simply put, if you don’t eat salads or a lot of vegetables, the salad spinner the sales rep at the store is promoting probably isn’t for you. To help you decide the items that you should put on your list, I recommend getting your hands on a copy of Alton Brown’s book Gear For Your Kitchen. You can go through the book, learn about the items he reviews, and make decisions as to if they’re good matches for your kitchen. I recommend Alton Brown because he has a hatred for unitaskers, similar to ours.
Speaking of unitaskers, you also might benefit from reading this article from the Chow blog called “Common appliances, uncommon uses.” It’s a great piece to get you thinking about ways to be creative with the appliances you have in your kitchen. Oh, how I love when unitaskers can become multi-taskers! I feel much better about owning my ice cream maker after reading this article.
Good luck, Kirsten! Keep us posted on how the registry turns out for you. Also, I know that Kirsten would love to hear additional ideas about a kitchen registry in the comments — so please offer up your advice in the comments section.