I am looking for some emphatic and prescriptive help, please.
As of last night, I am the proud owner of a ten year old dishwasher and oven, and a set of orange towelling bathroom curtains (? perhaps). This is a big moment. The house already boasts a washing machine and, er, nothing else.
Lots of bowls (my favourite is the Gien artichoke bowl seen here )
Lots of melamine plates
Lots of mugs and tea cups
2 tea cosies
2 moustache pint glasses
A 1950s flower patterned tea set (incomplete)
A cake stand
Lots of Japanese tea caddies
A Kitchenaid mixer
A full - absurdly full - set of baking equipment
2 stolen paring knives
A blini pan
1, possibly 2 saucepans
A tiny, antique two person sofa covered in fragile Neisha Crosland silk, unsuitable for children and weepettes.
A large, ancient armchair, jointly owned by the weepette, reupholstered in unwisely pale fabric.
A Squint armchair (present to self in days when I used to earn decent money)
A reissued blue Eames RAR rocker (33rd birthday present)
Too many books, most of which I will never reread
Lots of pictures (large, sombre Barbara Rae Spanish seascape on loan from Papa Waffle, tiny Keith Vaughan pencil drawing of 2 men, 18th birthday present, Steve Bell cartoon, 18th birthday present, Dufy pen and ink of an orchestra, bought with insurance pay out when my mother died, small Dufy pen and ink of a woman's back, 30th birthday present from CFO, two Peter Callesen works on paper, a Rob Ryan print, etc etc)
That is all.
What do I need, except a kettle and a mattress? Every five minutes something else strikes me (ironing board! Rubbish bins!) and it's oppressive. Can we try and establish the capsule house collection? Is there one thing I will not have thought of that I will need, and what is the absolute minimum required to manage?