The cluttered pantry in question....
Although today's challenge to declutter something in my home is certainly not as labor intensive as staining my deck, I am truly the Queen of clutter. And generally nothing short of an act of God (or my mom visiting and organizing things for me - thanks Mom!) will get me to sort through the mess. But when the gauntlet is thrown down I have to do something and I decided to finally attack my pantry.
My pantry has been the bain of my existence for years! When I go in I grumble to myself that something needs to be done but I just don't do it. Today I literally had to convince myself to stop procrastinating and get down to business. And surprisingly, it wasn't as difficult nor did it take as long as I thought it would.
And today - three days later, I finally buckled down to tackle the pantry. The cleaning commenced and as I checked expiration dates I realize that it is virtually a crime to have items that expired in 2009! I guess I need to do this pantry cleaning thing more often! I literally filled three bags of trash with items that were expired and things I no longer eat.
After the cleaning, the organization was a breeze. Clearly from my photos there is very little left BUT the things that are there I do use! I even had to be little "Miss Handy" and pull out my drill to mount my plastic bag holder.
I admit, I am happy with the results. So happy in fact, I may actually attack the cabinets next...although I might need to have another challenge to do so! Oh, well. Slowly but surely I'll get things together. Yesterday I donated some of my old clothing items....I have more so that will be my next personal declutter challenge. I must get the boxed and ready to donate (or consign) clothes out of here!
Have you been starting off the New Year by organizing your home? Have any tips for me?