Goodbye Microwave, Hello Counter Space!

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Over two years ago I put up a post with pictures of my kitchen. In the post I mentioned that we were going to get rid of the microwave but then my adult daughter moved in so we kept it for her use. Since then, that daughter moved out and my oldest daughter moved in. The microwave stayed. On January 1 my oldest daughter moved back to Oregon. Now it is just the five of us and the microwave is out of here.

I hate to admit that I actually drug my feet a bit moving the micro out. I was excited to do it but then I got hung up on ‘how in the world I would heat up my heating pad thingy’. Granted I only use the thing once every six months (maybe more, maybe less- I really don’t keep track of it) but the night before the micro was to leave, I used it.

Seriously though. Do I really want to keep that big clunker on my counter just in case I’m going to use it? And since I don’t want any food or beverage heated in the microwave and having the thing there is a temptation especially for my husband (coffee warm up) and Kiki and Lulu (who really don’t understand why we have to be so ‘old fashioned’ and not use a microwave) and to be quite honest, myself. Because let’s face it, the microwave does have a major convenience factor.

I bit the bullet and now it is gone. Not completely gone though, I just moved it to a storage area until it can leave the house. My counter space is HUGE. Of course, it only took about 5 minutes for other stuff to be put there. I’m sure you know how that goes.

Thinking about ditching the microwave but not sure how to heat up foods? Here is a great article to help you with that.

Yeah or Nay on the microwave at your house? Why?
Photo: My kitchen circa November 2009- it still looks the same minus the microwave
Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


  1. Jackie

    We got rid out our microwave pretty soon after we moved into our current house. We have it in the basement, on the off chance we need it for some reason, but in the year and a half we have been here, we haven’t used it once! If we make it to 2 years, it will be gone!

  2. Monica

    We got rid of our microwave about 3 years ago. It sat on our counter taking up space. We only used it to reheat certain things and defrost meats. Once I learned that it actually changed the molecular structure of the food we were heating in it, that was the end. But, I was like you…took it to the garage for the “just in case” moments. That moment happened to be when a friend asked where our microwave was so she could heat up a bottle for her baby…it was at that moment that I said, nope…we don’t have a microwave and I put a pot of water on the stove for her. I don’t miss it one bit.

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    It’s funny how each of us moved it to a different place before taking it out all together. Mine is actually not in a place I can use it and the thing is so heavy I don’t think I’d want to move it to a place I could. But…
    My goal is to take it to the donation store before the end of the month.

  4. Joy at The Liberated Kitchen

    We have basically the same kitchen you do! We even had our microwave in the same spot. But we got rid of it last year and haven’t missed it. Now we’ve got a bunch of crock pots and our kombucha sitting there 🙂 We keep meaning to write a post about reheating food but really it’s not that hard. Our main concern was the “warmy” thing, too. The kids loved those. Since our house is now insulated, it hasn’t been too bad without it. How do you heat up your warmy now?

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    I haven’t used the warmy yet. On Wardeh’s site (linked in the post) she says she heats up rice bags in a glass dish in the oven. I think I’ll try that. My husband tells me I had better set the timer if I do. I have a habit of forgetting things…

    Does your kitchen have lovely carpet on the floor that looks like bricks? Mine does. It is not a nice feature but it does make for a warm floor on cold Wyoming days. 🙂 Other than that, I don’t mind the kitchen. I have a crock pot, sauerkraut, fermenting radishes in my microwave spot today. I love the space!

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