We recently stopped into Macy's kitchen section (which requires us to go up the third floor at our mall) to look for something luggage related. I told Brent that if we go up there, I am going to get sucked into the Martha Stewart section and I will not be able to leave without something. He must have thought I was joking because we continued up the two flights of escalators.
There are few places that I scour and make wish lists and drool over catalogs...they are Martha Stewart's kitchen and dining line at Macy's and Crate and Barrel. As I had assumed, I found more than one thing I wanted, they were kind of expensive, but for today only I could get up to 40% with their sale and my Macy's card. They know how to get me. So this was by no means a necessary frugal purchase. It was a splurge. But it is so beautiful.
So here is how it works. I have been a water snob for years. Only filtered for me please. So I fill up our Brita filter. I then set it up on our toaster oven to fill a pitcher of water. This pitcher used to be my water goal for the day...hence the washi tape lines. The pitcher is bigger than one filling into the Brita so I can let it pour and walk away. It's fantastic. Once it fills, I then fill it into my beautiful new water dispenser.
I'll admit it is a little bit of a process. But I have found that letting the water run and filling the dispenser up to the top, I can do this every few days instead of daily like I did with just the Brita filter or pitcher. Taking the extra few minutes to fill once saves me water waiting time in the long run.
Plus I have this new little adorable water station. I joked that we are like a nice hotel now that we always have fresh water available. It really is a silly luxury but makes drinking water a bit more fun and accessible.
I took my own advice and decided to style the space like I did my kitchen sink. I have lemons on hand if I want to add a little flavor to my water. I have found that by actually styling small spaces on the counter, it encourages me to keep it clean. I try my best to get dishes in the dishwasher and then put away as much as possible so that I have a cleared space to cook, as well as a pretty place to look at each day.
Propping the water dispenser on the books was so that I could fit a large mason jar cup underneath the spout. Though the dispenser is already elevated I was finding that only smaller canning jar cups would fit. This worked for awhile but then I decided that I needed it to be taller so that I could fill up bigger glasses of water in order to encourage drinking more water.
I considered putting the dispenser on the edge of a counter so that it did not need the extra elevation. But I found that I then had to hold my cup while it filled with water. The dispenser has nice flow but not as fast as pouring with a pitcher. I like to be able to put my glass down while it fills while I put away a few dishes. Waiting for water to fill is just another excuse to drink less water. Now I have no reason to enjoy another glass of water every few hours all the while enjoying the luxury of my very own kitchen.
Perhaps one day we will have a refrigerator with filtered water. Until then, I will continue to live in not as fancy water drinking land with this cute little dispenser.