1/28/13

The pantry, clean


Last week, I tore into the pantry and deep-cleaned it. I actually have cleaned it since we moved into this house, more than once, but it was long overdue for some attention.

I cleaned up the spills and onion skins and spiderwebs in the bottom. I wiped everything down. I moved a few rarely used items elsewhere, and even found a few to donate.

I think I haven't been properly grateful for my pantry. It's just a closet near the kitchen, and it doesn't seem all that big, but when it was emptied out, the items covered all of my kitchen counters. I'm so glad I have it!

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  1. I really have to get mine sorted out and cleaned, but it seems so overwhelming! I don't even really know where to begin. Any tips?

    Btw, I wanted to comment on your other post about winter getting you down. I hope you feel better soon! My tip is to workout! I've found that my anxiety is much lower when I'm working out regularly and I know the same has been proven for depression. You tube is great for finding and sampling different work out routines. Be Fit is a great channel. And there are fun dance ones too, if the "real" work outs bore you, like they do me a lot of the time. :)

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Bethany. I've noticed that I often feel better when I'm walking Red Chief home from school, so perhaps I can work a little more activity into my routine earlier in the day.

      I was totally overwhelmed by my pantry. In the end, I just had to empty it out, clean it out, and then start putting things back in in a logical manner. It worked out in the end, but at one point, staring at all that stuff covering my counters, I thought I was crazy.

      On the bright side, I found some things I didn't know I had, including four open bags of chocolate chips. Yes!

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    2. Oh, and another thought: I've started storing ingredients in jars (mostly quart jars) instead of bags, and my pantry is much less messy now! The bags always seemed to break or leak.

      I also corralled some things in cut-out boxes (like the cereal and plastic wrap), so with any luck, they'll wander less in the future.

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  2. Oh..doesn't it feel wonderful when you get one of those deep cleaning jobs accomplished?
    I actually cleaned mine a couple weeks ago.It was so in need of it. And looked so nice, I reorganized it.. Always helps .. Have a great day.

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  3. I was sick and stuck in the house when I decided to take your advice! I cleaned my pantry, then my spice cupboard, and I just kept going to all of my cupboards. I found things that I forgot I had, and realized that I was keeping the same products in a few different places! I even got around to organizing my storage containers again... I am sure that I will have to do that again soon. I feel organized and accomplished. Thank you for the encouragement.

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