My Mother Has Nine Cutting Boards

First, let me state that my mother is wonderful.  And that she knows I’m going to write this post.

And that she still defends her need for nine cutting boards.

In one kitchen.

In one lakehouse kitchen.

Seriously, every time I go to her lakehouse, I understand my own “issues” a little better. 

I once read a blog where the writer said she tries to decide if she needs something by asking if she would need it in the cabin where she and her family vacation.

Like, the cabin has minimal stuff and she’s fine there.  It sounded like a perfect way to look at things. 

Until . . . the next time I went to my parents’ lakehouse/cabinish place.

I looked around again.  My dear mother has every single thing she could possibly EVER need if there happened to be a world-ending event while she happened to be there.

I’ve written about it before.  Thankfully, she can handle all of the stuff, and keeps it ever-so-organized.  She always knows where each little random thing is/should-be.

So . . . she has nine cutting boards in her lakehouse kitchen.  I might have given her a hard time about it.

But she defends her stash of cutting boards.

They ARE all different shapes and sizes and materials and colors.

AND . . . once a year, when we have our Christmas celebration there, the men (and now three boys) are in charge of making fajitas.  And there are SEVEN of them.

So there IS a chance (though small) that EVERY single one of those seven would need to be chopping or slicing or dicing at the exact same moment in time.

(Not that there’s enough counter space for that, but whatever.)

I do get her point.  I used to think this way too.  I felt the need to be prepared for THE most extreme situation that could ever occur in our home.

But I’ve accepted/realized that I can’t handle that amount of stuff. 

And I’ve accepted/realized that it’s okay that I can’t handle that amount of stuff.

I’ve purposely observed functional homes where there is only one cutting board.  Maybe two or three.

And I’m pretty sure they’ve never had to cancel Christmas dinner because they didn’t have enough cutting boards.

P.S. I love you, Mom.  Thanks for your willingness to be the subject of my blog posts.  And thanks for the big visions you have for our family Christmases.

P.S.S. If that’s your blog I mentioned above, please leave the link to that post in the comments, and I’ll link back to it!  I think the blog changed names, so the search I did didn’t come up with anything.

P.S.S.S I linked to a cutting board.  It’s my Amazon affiliate link.  Please don’t buy a cutting board if you already have eight.  But anything you do buy on Amazon after clicking that link will earn me a small commission.


  1. 1

    Wow. I only have one cutting board. And not a very good one at that. It seriously needs to be replaced because it’s a cheap crappy one. But even so, I can only ever see myself having two max. A big one and a little one.

  2. 2

    Haha, I have 8 in my kitchen! And I don’t think that there is even one that I would want to get rid of. :)

  3. 3

    I have three, but due to my absentmindedness( is that even a word?) Two have burn marks/ are melted and distorted from where I set them on the stove when it was still hot. HA HA!!!

  4. 6

    I have 4… and I often wish I had more!!!! Like, when I’m making supper, and I have chicken / other raw meat on one, veggies on one, bread on a different one, and the last one is dirty from making meals at other times of the day, already in the dishwasher.. ready to be washed!

  5. 7

    I have three cutting boards. Unfortunately two are burnt/warped/melted because I am just that awesome at being a space cadet!

  6. 9
    Veronica Coleman says:

    1 for fish, 1 for white meat, 1 for red meat, 1 for fruit, 1 for veg . These are all plastic different colours so know which is which. 1 wood one for bread and making sandwiches and 1 on the work top for show. Too many??

  7. 11

    I laughed out loud at your mom. Until I counted mine, 7, that I can count without getting off the couch! That is TOO many! And I am NOT a major germaphobe nor I a fabulous make it all from scratch kind of cook. But, I do have all kinds of justification.

  8. 12

    I have 6 and I sometimes wish I had more. I have them stored neatly in a basket on the counter, out of the way but easily accessible. Sometimes when I need one, they’re all dirty! Six cutting boards and none clean!!! I cook a lot.

  9. 13

    Totally understand/relate to this! I recently got rid of lots of excess pots and pans. Still a little nervous about that, but surviving so far. How about 4 pizza cutters?

  10. 14

    I have four. A large glass one that lives on the counter top and three stashed with the cookie sheets.

    Also, P.S. stands for post script. Thus, a note following your post script would be a post post script (P.P.S.) rather than a post script script (P.S.S.). And so on. More P’s, rather than more S’s.

  11. 15

    I have 4 hard plastics ones, 1 floppy plastic one and 1 wood one…that I can think of without getting up to check. And I am in no way a cook galore but alas I have 6 cutting boards. They are all stored with my cookie pans and cooling racks in a cabinet with dividers for just this type of stuff. Something that actually has a permanent home in my house!!

  12. 16

    I have two large silicone white ones and a couple of those really thin ones that are just divine for chopping things up and then being able to bend the material to pour it into the mixer. These are in my main home (5th wheel–full timers)

    I have a small silicone one and two more of the thin ones in our smaller camper that we use for our short vacations.

    Before we sold our house and belongings prior to taking to the road in the 5th wheel, I could certainly have rivaled your mom! 😉

    Signed–three quarters half hoarder woman! Yep–that’s me!

  13. 17

    I only have 2 cutting boards, but I used to have 5 baby strollers. They all had different uses that I might “need” them for. One that fit my car set for the travel system, one double stroller, one umbrella stroller, one stroller that turns into a back pack, and one stroller that was slightly larer than my umbrella stroller, but slightly smaller than my travel system stroller. It’s true that they could all have slightly different uses, but I can’t manage that amount of stuff. Now I have only 1 stroller- I kept the double one since I have 4 kids ages 6 and under. Sometimes I do go out with just one tiny baby ane 1 giant stroller, but it still works and life is so much better now that I let go of all my stuff. Whenever I’m kicking myself for getting rid of something, I just remember that to bring back that one thing would actually mean I would have to bring back the hundreds of things I’ve perged, and I don’t want to do that. It makes me feel better. :-)

  14. 18

    I only have 2…a large corian board that my hubby bought me that I love. It lives on the counter and is used for everything. And a wooden one in a cabinet for raw meat that gets used rarely.

  15. 19

    I am pretty sure I know what blog you are talking about!

    Is it Raising Arrows?

    Here is the link to that blog post:

    I may be wrong, but that would be an awful big coincidence!

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