4 household items you won’t find at my house


Snapped in Melbourne in January at the 7,000 Little Houses, One Big House public arts program.

“If the butter’s not melted, just pop it in the microwave for a minute.” Ah, no can do.

“Ok then just drive down to the shops and get the spreadable stuff.” Sorry, not possible.

…so went the conversation that proved this thoroughly modern milly might not be so modern after all.

Here’s a bunch of household items that haven’t made it into my household.

1. Hairdryer
Confession time. The hairdryer seen here was actually a stunt hairdryer I borrowed. Truth is, I don’t own a hairdryer and never use one. As you know, I’m not a fan of summer’s heat. Turns out I don’t like it on my face either. Three days a week, I have a long commute to work so I wash my hair when I wake and by the time I arrive, it’s high and dry. Au Naturale.

2. Toiletries bag
Back in my travelling days, a wise old owl advised me to never pack toiletries. They take up too much room and always end up spilling. So I quit the carry on and ditched my toiletries bag years ago. Hotels always have the basics on hand for short stays. For longer stays, I just buy what I need when I land.

3. Car
I have a licence but not a car. What I save in petrol I spend on public transport but it’s a small price to pay. I don’t much like operating high speed equipment so I’ll leave that to my bus driver.

4. Microwave
Growing up, we never owned a microwave and as a grown up I’ve never wanted one. I’m a gas gal. I like having some old fashioned fire power and I don’t mind if it takes me a little longer. Snatching a few minutes of quiet stove-side solitude is probably good for the soul, right?

Tell me, what mod cons do you forego at your place?

Linking up today with The Multitasking Mummy.


  • Reply June 8, 2015

    Mum Of Five Girls

    I have a hair dryer but rarely have time to use it lol !!!!!
    Good advice re the toiletries bag!
    #Team MM

    • Reply June 8, 2015


      I know what you mean – I love a salon session with magazines, a nice cuppa and a couple of hours of nothing to do but be pampered. Hope your weekend was a relaxing one.

  • Reply June 8, 2015


    I love your photo of that art piece in Melbourne tonia!
    your hair looks soo good! and you are helping the environment!
    I don’t have a clothes dryer, as I like to dry clothes in the fresh air!
    I have a hairdryer but never use it as my short hair is easy and I do it in 2 minutes
    I wouldn’t mind one of those bullet thingies for juicing but we have a normal juicer and I think my vitamiser is ok too! … it’s lasted for 40 yrs … shhh! sunbeam built to last! … I love that!
    “keeping it simple sweetheart!” hope you enjoyed your day! love m:)X

    • Reply June 8, 2015


      Snap! I don’t have a clothes dryer either. Isn’t fresh air just delicious? I love it. As for that vitamiser – wowsers, what an innings! That’s awesome. I enjoyed every minute of this marvellous long weekend – hope you did too xx

  • I’ve never owned a hairdryer – totally with you there Tonia. Who needs it when you can let your hair dry naturally?

    • Reply June 8, 2015


      Hear, hear Kirsty. Glad to see I’m not alone on this one.

  • Yep, I can understand most of those (except the toiletries bag – as a contact lense wearer I had to have the right kind of cleaning solutions with me, not be left at the mercy of strange shops with different brands when I travelled frequently for work).
    So, I’m putting forward a dishwasher. For a long time I didn’t own one, then we moved into our current house with a dishwasher and I just don’t use it. Stupid thing is too small, but I don’t really know what I’m comparing it to. And i hate the pools of water left in some things.

    • Reply June 10, 2015


      Good point Gael. Come to think of it, I’ve had a few friends who’ve struggled with contacts when we’ve been on trips. You get me thinking about the dishwasher too. For years I never had one and now I wouldn’t be without it. Interesting how quickly we change our habits, given what’s around us. I’m impressed you still do the washing up by hand (I hope you have some helpers) – I was always on washing up duty, not a fan of being the dryer!

  • Ummm, ahhh…hmmm..I can’t think of any. Oh I know, I don’t have a thermomix! lol

    • Reply June 12, 2015


      Oh Eva, I’ve just climbed aboard the thermomix train recently and I’m hooked!

  • We don’t have air conditioning, or a dishwasher. I would love a dishwasher some day (hopefully when we do an extension next year!), but we can mostly do without an air conditioner. It rarely gets very hot for days on end, and it always cools to about 13*c over night even in summer.

    • Reply June 16, 2015


      Oh Jo, I love the sound of cool days and nights. Gets very hot where I live and I really couldn’t cope without air con in summer, especially over the Christmas and New Year period. That extension sounds exciting – I love a reno project. Please share pics! P.S. it was so nice meeting you on Saturday and congrats again on being a finalist! So delighted for you!

  • Reply July 5, 2016


    I’m too cheap to repurchase toiletries! I didn’t have a car for years but the public transport is crap in my area so I am glad I do have one now. And we have made a choice to not purchase a microwave after our last one died. Mostly as we don’t have much bench space and it has been nice not being cluttered. There has only been one or two things we miss it for!

    • Reply July 5, 2016


      Oh I’m with you on the microwave, Vanessa. They take up so much space. That said, I do wish I could try one of those ‘cake-in-a-mug’ microwave recipes!

Leave a Reply