We moved into our house in July 2011, and for the next year and a half, we lived without a microwave.
It sounds like kind of a long time, right? Especially since there was really no good reason for it. It wasn’t like we had some kind of philosophical objection to microwaves, or to adding new appliances — we had the dishwasher installed before we even moved in, after all. And while we’re definitely not rich or anything, it’s not like we couldn’t afford a microwave, since as far as kitchen appliances go they’re not the most expensive.
Overall, I guess it boiled down to procrastination and indecision. Since our kitchen has a fairly limited supply of counter space, for the longest time we were thinking our best bet would be to install one of those over-the-range ones:
But in addition to being more expensive, an over-the-range microwave would mean extra work to install, and it seemed like there was barely enough clearance to fit one in without removing the cabinets above our current range hood — and the more time that went by, the more attractive the simpler little set-them-on-the-counter variety began to look:
Until finally, last month, we finally pulled the trigger and brought home a shiny new microwave of our very own — just a simple GE Mid-Size microwave in stainless steel. To avoid taking up any valuable counter space, we put it on the other side of the kitchen, where it now lives on a wheely cart we found in the basement:
Definitely not much to look at — that entire side of the kitchen is kind of a big clutter repository at the moment — but it has potential to be transformed to eventually include a proper microwave nook, and maybe a pantry and/or some shelves or cabinets to add to our kitchen’s storage capabilities.
As for us, so far we’ve been very happy with our newest kitchen appliance. We use it at least three times a day, all while asking ourselves, “how did we survive for so long without one of these things?”
What about you guys — does your kitchen currently have a microwave? How often do you use it, and how long do you think you could last without it?