AT January Cure #4: Purge the Pantry

Clean and Organize Your Pantry

  • Move your trash can or a garbage bag to your pantry area. A bag or box for potential food donations is excellent to have on hand here as well. A notepad and pencil are handy for noting down things you toss that need replacing.
  • Take everything out, one shelf/section at a time. Sort the items as you go, getting rid of anything expired or that you’ve opened but know you are not going to eat. Transfer things that are unopened and still good, but that you don’t think you’ll actually eat, to the donation bag or box – again, it’s ok – it’s the right thing to do!
  • Once a shelf is cleared, clean it. Use a vacuum attachment first if its crumby, followed by a damp cloth. Spray, then scrape and scrub any sticky spots (an old credit card or hotel room card key can be helpful here). Use a towel to dry the area well.
    Replace the items on the clean shelf, giving them a quick pass with a clean, slightly damp cloth if they are dusty as you go. Put like things together so you can find them more easily and know at any time just how many cans of garbanzos you have around and when you need to stock up.
  • Repeat the process for each shelf/section and do a small celebratory dance when you are done – this is a great job to get under your belt the first week of the new year.
  • Important note: Don’t fret about the REST of your kitchen or get overwhelmed – there is time for that work later – focus on the pantry only today. Kick butt, cross it off your list and then allow yourself to move on.

I actually got a little out of order on the Cure. Not on purpose, and not knowingly. Last night I went grocery shopping and restocked the pantry. And I’ve realized how awesome our pantry is to have wire shelves instead of solid wood ones that need to be vacuumed and dusted and wiped down. All the crud just falls through to the floor! Which…I don’t really think we have any crud to speak of. I don’t think any liquids have ever spilled. It really has nothing to do with us being awesome so much as we rarely have a fully-stocked pantry. So the only thing I really had to do for this was sweep out the bottom of it. (Something I guess I was supposed to do on the first assignment.)

Of course, because I went grocery shopping and organized my pantry, I didn’t get around to setting up my outbox…so I was able to do that tonight! I managed to not totally screw myself over – hooray! *looking ahead* Oh, dear…we have to pick a project?? Decisions, decisions… Here is my lovely pantry:

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