Thursday, February 16, 2012
i know, i know, this is so unglamorous, but i just have to share. as you can see, my pantry needed a serious makeover. and by makeover, i really just mean that it needed to be cleaned the eff out.
looking at these photos, i actually can't believe how terrible it was before. i am truly ashamed. meaning i am filled with actual shame that i let it get this bad. that pile of bags alone is giving me palpitations. and what you can't see in these pictures is the layer of dust and grime that covered the floor. i couldn't even look at what i unearthed underneath those cartons of almond milk and stacks of napkins. [shudder]
so armed with some elbow grease and a bunch of extra storage jars that i picked up at ikea, i went to town on this sucker and ruthlessly chucked expired icky food, consolidated items, moved much of the bulk foods to jars and scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed. i even took all of those aprons down and threw them all in the wash (i have a terrible habit of not washing my aprons very frequently).
and, let me tell you, i am tickled with the result. so much so that whenever i walk by the pantry now i open it up and just stare at it. and grab a few celebratory chocolate chips from the chocolate chip jar*.
i can't decide what my favorite part is. it's between all the pleasingly filled jars and the baking shelf. i do love all my baking supplies to be organized with much-used ingredients close at hand.
there are still a few items still in bags, but they are mostly just backups to the bulk items that we eat frequently and are already in jars, and a few oddball items that i can't bring to give their own storage containers yet. but i've already become better about using what's in the pantry, which, take my word for it, is much easier to do when you can actually see that you have on hand.
this is all part of a bigger scheme of mine to work on household projects with some regularity. there are so many things i've neglected or just not gotten around to, so i'm trying to commit to doing at least one big project every week. and i will reward myself with chocolate chips and self pats on the back. yay, me!
*it is my humble opinion that everyone needs a chocolate chip jar.