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Pantry Purge

Posted: March 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 in 2011 | Tags: 2011 in 2011, Blog Hop | 7 Comments »

This week my objective was to tackle the kitchen pantry and cabinets.  We have very little storage in our house in general, the majority of which is in the kitchen.  That doesn’t mean we have a lot of storage in the kitchen.  We have one bank of built-in’s which I’m guessing are from when the house was built in 1902.  We also have 2 smaller cabinets that are on either side of the radiator under the one “countertop”  (that term is used very loosly here).  We have also added a baker’s rack and a matching shelving unit- I need somewhere for my appliances, I need constant access to my Kitchenaid mixer.

So today I started to organize the pantry portion of the cupboards.  There are three doors that go from about hip level and are about 4′ high from there.  It’s got 4 shelves across and three doors.  Two of the doors are the pantry.  I had planned on doing the dishes and glassware which are in the 3rd door, but it didn’t happen.  Grocery shopping, dinner and then making butter in my food processor all came before that.  I think I’ll have my work cut out for me this week if I want to stay on my schedule!

So I started by pulling everything out, 1 shelf at a time.  The bottom shelf is all baking stuff and cooking oils and vinegars.  I had a lot of 1/2 used bags of things stashed in Ziplock bags all over on this shelf.  It was a mess.  I did a lot of combining and putting things into their jars and canisters where they are supposed to be.  Just doing this eliminated a lot of extra bulk that was taking up space.

In my closet purge I noticed I have a problem hoarding stationary.  In my kitchen I found I have a problem hoarding coconut.  That’s right.  I had 2 full Tupperware containers and 2 half bags plus a new unopened bag that I just got last week.  I suppose I should clean out this cabinet more often if I have that much coconut but I can’t find any when I need it. 

Other than the coconut that I tossed I really didn’t have a lot of things I threw away.  Only a few hard granola bars and boxes of raisins from the bottom of the snack bin.  I did have 13 items that were past their freshness date- so that’s all I’ve got for this week.

As I cleaned and purged and combined I was able to reorganize and see everything we had.  I had no need to buy cereal or any snack bars or crackers- we are good on that front.  Oatmeal- rolled, instant and steel-cut are all stocked up.  I was able to stick to my grocery budget get the next two weeks by using my pantry to start off my meals- the majority of my shopping was actually on the perimeter of the store except for a brief foray into the baking aisle for chocolate chips and Jerk seasoning.

The one thing i was hoping to find (yeast) we did not have and i totally forgot to put it on my list.  I have been wanting to make yeasted waffles for awhile now and Jenna over at High Gloss and Sauce posted about them today and now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get any yeast!  It’ll have to wait until the next trip I guess.

Pantry Purge
–  13 outdated food items (T)
13 items / 230 items to date / 1781 to go!

If my goal is 49 items a week I’m in the hole for this week- I’ll have to make up for it next week I guess!

So come on all you 2011 in 2011 de-cluttering fiends!  Let’s see some links!

The Slacker Mom

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7 Comments on “Pantry Purge”

  1. 1 blumom said at 1:14 am on March 21st, 2011:

    I often wait tooo long for refrigerator and pantry purges. Ick.

  2. 2 erinclot said at 6:38 pm on March 23rd, 2011:

    We went a long time between refrigerator cleanings and I am totally on top of that one. I even did a quick "detox" before I went grocery shopping last week. It makes such a huge difference!

  3. 3 Beth said at 4:38 pm on March 23rd, 2011:

    We just clean out our pantry on Monday night! (You know the Michael Jackson room) It was a BIG chore, but it looks so awesome now!! I just want to keep the door open and keep looking at it!! 🙂 Good luck with your 2011 in 2011, that is a great idea!


  4. 4 erinclot said at 7:45 pm on March 24th, 2011:

    I think everyone should try it- we've all got "stuff" we can get rid of.

  5. 5 Beth said at 4:37 pm on March 25th, 2011:

    We are having a BIG family garage sale at my nephews house in Anoka the 2nd weekend in May. Let me know if you guys have anything you want to put in it.

  6. 6 erinclot said at 9:29 pm on March 27th, 2011:

    I think I\’m going to try and have one after we move. I\’m kind of excited about it.

  7. 7 Vikram said at 4:05 am on May 23rd, 2012:

    A very useful update about organizing the pantry. It is good that you shared some of your experience with us. Keep going 🙂

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