I’m of an age where I can remember things being kept ‘for best’ – the dress that was only worn once or twice a year – Christmas and a ‘special’ family occasion, that bottle of my favourite Champagne or the eggshell china tea set that spends its days wrapped in newspaper, quietly waiting for an ‘occasion’.
Here are three things I plan to stop keeping for that elusive ‘best’:
Champagne: Decent fizz is my absolute favourite alcoholic tipple. I’ve never embraced the rise of Prosecco; it tastes too artificial and I can feel it stripping the enamel off my teeth. It’s Champagne or nothing, if it’s all the same to you.
I came across an interesting article recently – seems Champagne doesn’t always improve with age and is meant to be drunk. Obviously, vintage Champagne is a whole other story and the manufacturers keep it in strictly controlled conditions.
So now that I know Champagne is made to be drunk, does it mean that I’ll be popping the cork on an ad hoc basis? Well, no, but it doesn’t mean I won’t open a bottle on any random Tuesday evening during February, just because.
Fancy Soaps and the like: I’m someone who uses a plain soap, un-perfumed and E45 as moisturiser.
In the back of the cupboard under the sink is a small collection of fancy bath products, gifted by a friend when we had our family bathroom updated several years ago. I suspect the use by date has been and gone. Now, whenever I’m the recipient of designer skincare products, I’m going to use them.
Books: It might sound a little odd to say that I’ve been guilty of keeping books ‘for best’.
What I actually mean is this: There are a number of books on my shelves that haven’t seen the light of day in years and 2020 is the year that I plan to reread them or pass them onto Oxfam.
What things have you been keeping ‘for best’?