9 January, 2015  |   4 Comments

Pantry Unmessening

Apartment Therapy is featuring their January Cure. And since the Whole 30 wasn’t enough January obnoxiousness, I’m now dragging my home into it.

Wednesday’s task?
Clean and organize my pantry.

Ready to judge me?
Especially about that jug o’Crisco?

Before:

Judge away! This is my pantry, before.

I found 3 boxes of cake-cup ice cream cones, three (THREE?) bags of oyster crackers and had to come to terms with the fact that I’m a person who has 6 different kinds of salt.
(The judging comes full circle.)

After:

Angels sing after my pantry gets the treatment

Dry food storage in American kitchens can be way too spacious, way too dark and way too sticky. Mine is all three.

Three things I learned from cleaning my pantry this week

1. Wait until I’m in the mood to toss.
If I’m in a mood where I’m feeling scrimpy or under-resourced, I will spend all my time consolidating Turmeric jars. Today I was in the mood to toss and my kitchen thanks me for it.

2. Organize for the person I am, not the person I want to be.
My pantry needs to have snacks at kid level. I need to be able to grab a bay leaf without looking and everything I put in a mason jar just for looks will go bad. I also love Penzeys Spices more than the average bear.

3. Forgive myself and do better
I feel pretty terrible about the entire garbage bag of wasted, expired, stale food I threw out. I can do better. I will do better.

The more I live, the more I know what works for me. I’m thrilled to have a program to follow — just as long as I don’t read the comments.
(Never read the comments.)

Play along! I want to see (judge) your pantry too!


4 thoughts on “Pantry Unmessening

  1. 1
    Knighton says:

    Quick trip to the pantry to count the salt…6 different salts but another 6 frou-frou seasoned salts. Apparently, I’m also the kind of person who needs variety in her salt options.

  2. 2
    Erica says:

    This is definitely inspiring. I need to purge the pantry of all the holiday sweets!

    • 2.1
      Erica says:

      I haven’t made it to the pantry yet but I did clean out the fridge last night. (I’m too embarrassed to take a picture because I still need to wipe it out.) But all those condiments that I haven’t touched in years are gone! It feels good. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. 3
    Erin says:

    Um… You’re not the only person who has six kinds of salt. :I

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