One of the first steps in my pantry challenge (you can read about it here) was cleaning out the pantry. Novel idea, isn't it? I've toiled away most of the morning, here is pretty much what it looked like when I started:
It's a picture I took a few weeks ago but it gives you an idea of what I started with. Cleaning the pantry is always a little overwhelming and creates a plethora of emotions. I'm disgusted by our wastefulness. I'm frustrated with my inability to manage something seemingly so simple. Seeing our leftover Gingerbread House supplies brings a smile to my face. I feel ambitious when I see all the things I could bake if I had 100 hours. Need I go on?
Here are some of the things I've discovered buried in the depths of the pantry.
2 opened (large) bottles of cinnamon
2 opened (large) bottles of Pepto Bismol
3 (yes - 3) packages of toothpicks.
3 packages of muffin tins
6 half filled packages of dog treats
2 cans and 4 sticks of Crisco (which I rarely use)
1 can of tuna - can you believe it after the stack you see in the before picture?
Need I go on? The good news is I have cleaned out the pantry and feel like I have a fresh start. We'll see how good I am at keeping it this clean. Maybe I should have a weekly posting on the status of my pantry. Nothing keeps you on your toes like strangers seeing your pantry! Here is my after picture.
I'll be linking this over at A Slob Comes Clean, I'm an Organizing Junkie and Organize with Sandy, I'd encourage you to go over and check out those sites.
What are your tips for keeping your pantry clean?