Winter: Cold, Dark, Wonderful – Project #1 Kitchen Pantry
If I had to wager, I’d bet that you disagree with the last word in the title of this posting – wonderful – as being an appropriate description of winter. But for me, it is accurate. Growing up in California, the idea of winter was more figurative than literal. December days in Orange County rarely fall below 65 and are occasionally in the 70s, and no outdoor activities ceased in January and February. I spent one glorious Christmas holiday in Big Bear California when I was young and it has stayed with me into adulthood for one simple reason – it SNOWED. Snow… AKA magic falling from the sky. At least that’s how I saw it. And if I’m being completely honest, how I still do. But I know that this feeling of awe will dwindle as I spend more time in Virginia and have to do things like grocery shop and walk the dog in the freezing cold and rain. So if you’re shaking your head in disbelief that anyone could list Winter as their most favorite season, fear not. It is but a temporary lapse in judgement.
What’s my real point here? Yes, I do have one, and it is – I like to look at the bright side of things. What’s the upside of being stuck indoors for days on end except to trudge back and forth to work and the grocery store? You have lots of time to complete all those pesky organizing projects you have been meaning to do! So, grab the kids, throw on your comfy pants, and crank up the radio – we’re getting productive.
Winter Project #1
Target area: The kitchen
What to Tackle: Clean out that pantry.
Why: Because those canned foods and old bags of potato chips don’t last forever and they are taking up prime space in that kitchen cupboard. Also, the pantry is an area you can finish in one day, that will give you a good sense of accomplishment without a huge time commitment.
How to do it:
- Start with one shelf at a time and take everything (yes, everything!) out of the pantry and put it on a table, the counter, or other flat surface.
- Toss expired products and recycle the containers.
- Make up a bag of foods that aren’t expired but your family just doesn’t like. When you’re done with the project you can drop it off at a local food drive / donation center.
- Group items that are left together by category.
- Consider putting small items in bins to keep them from roaming around shelves.
- Wipe down the shelves.
- Put everything back, making sure to put the food you use most in the most accessible spot.
- Last, but certainly not least, congratulate yourself on getting a project done and checked off the list!