1. A craft closet.
Utahns are inventive and creative. We love to fill our homes with beautiful handmade things, or give them as gifts. Those with spacious homes might have an entire craft room!
2. Hiking boots.
How can you live in Utah and never go hiking (or at least for a nature walk)? Pretty much every Utahn that’s old enough to walk owns a pair of shoes with traction suitable for a stroll in our great outdoors.
3. Boxes of outgrown children’s clothing.
Utahns are thrifty, and we also tend to have quite a few children. As a result, we always keep those outgrown baby clothes. If our own subsequent children don’t wear them, they’ll come in handy for a family member or neighbor.
4. Tons of family photos.
In Utah, we’re all about the family. Whether it’s a large one with eight kids, or a smaller, two-person family, we love to take pics of our loved ones and display them around the house.
5. Food storage.
The Mormons are famous for their dedication to keeping large bins of wheat and powdered milk in that space under the front porch, but they’re not the only Utahns who believe that food storage is important. The possibility of a big earthquake in Utah’s future convinces most of us to keep at least a few extra cans of soup around.
6. A musical instrument.
Utahns have the most pianos per capita, according to a recent study. You’ll likely find plenty of other instruments around, too. I’m not sure whether it’s that Utahns have some sort of intrinsic musical ability or we just think music lessons are important, but it’s common in our state.
7. Winter weather gear.
Winters in Utah are cold, snowy and icy. We all have a shelf with hats, gloves, and scarves that we’re ready to pull out at a moment’s notice. Just because it’s a balmy, 80-degree October day doesn’t mean that we won’t have a blizzard tomorrow.
8. A jar of homemade jam.
If you didn’t make it yourself, your neighbor did.
9. Ice cream.
Several years ago, our state had the distinction of the highest ice cream consumption per capita. We’ve fallen a bit lower in the ranks since, but we still consume plenty of the creamy, frozen confection.
10. A family heirloom.
Utahns are big on family history, and most of us own at least one item that once belonged to a relative.
11. A handmade quilt or afghan.
Most Utahns own more handmade blankets than store-bought. If you don’t make your own quilts, odds are good that you still have a bunch from your childhood stored in your linen closet.
12. A toolbox.
Utahns are do-it-yourselfers, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a home without a comprehensive toolbox. We need those hammers, screwdrivers and a host of power tools to finish our own basements.