So it is nearly Spring. It starts in less than 24 hours. While I kept the house presentable over the winter with everything that was going on and the illnesses it still looks like we have lived through winter.
So I am starting my Spring Cleaning today. I don’t turn the house inside out in a day and expect all to get back in order with hours. I am focusing on one problem area at a time to get it under control and then move onto to the next one.
Today was the kitchen pantry closet. I like to think of this as my working pantry. This is where I keep the open flours, sugars, cereals. Things that need to be used up or are used often.
Lately the children have used it as a place to stuff anything they haven’t wanted to put away properly in the main pantry down stairs. So it was looking like it threw up into the kitchen. Yes it was THAT bad. I have been after several of the children to clean it out, but they always had “too much homework.” Considering my oldest is a senior and working on a major project and my freshman is in the International Baccalaureate program and has tons of work, I can kinda give them that one. BUT constantly for 5 weeks, I think not. I think teenage laziness was rearing its head.
But I reached the point I could not take it any more. So once the my little girls went down for nap, I pulled everything out. And I mean everything! I washed the floor and the shelves. While they were drying I started sorting through the mess.
Out went expired cereals. Oil from who knows when. Bags of opened cookies that everyone forgot about. Empty containers. Yes, the darlings put back 3 empty peanut butter jars. I put duplicate, unopened items into a bin to go the downstairs pantry where they belonged anyway.
I corraled the opened chips and snack items into baskets and bins. Then I put everything away. The top shelf holds big boxes and “untouchables.” You know those things only for Mom and Dad and if you eat them you are grounded. The next shelf is baking items. Flours, sugars, shortening, and oils. Then comes the shelf with the chips and drink mixes. After that comes the cereal shelf. Opened bags are in a bin, the boxes are next to the bin. Then the bottom shelf is snacks and cookies. On the floor is the industrial size oil jar and an empty bin where I put bags of potatoes and the like.
I still have some opened duplicates. We have 3 jars of peanut butter open right now and two jars of honey. But now we know about them and they are available to be used up instead of staying buried in the pantry.
My oldest came home and said “Mom, it is prettiful!” I guess teenage for it looks great.
Now to keep it that way!