Clean out your pantry or clothes closet using the same rules
Clean out your pantry or clothes closet using the same rules is easy! Okay, not easy, and you usually want to do it when you are home from work sick or bored out of your mind. When do you know it is time to clean out that pantry you ask? You have 8 different containers of breadcrumbs scattered about and you just purchased your 9th because you have no idea of the previous 8 which are very well hidden.
You then ask how do you clean out your pantry? I like to use the “clean out the clothes closet” method. It’s really not that different from your pantry you see.
1. Take everything out of your closet (clothes or food). Hopefully you don’t find that old skirt in your pantry or breadcrumbs in your closet.
2. If you haven’t worn it or eaten it in the last year, toss it out or donate it. Hey, that gal at Goodwill may appreciate that cute jacket with a can of old sardines in the left pocket…bonus days!
3. Check the expiration date on each package and toss out the expired items. Yes, sunflower seeds can go rancid…they have an old oil type smell. Plus that furry pink vest with pink pom pom ties may not have an expiration date on it, but its not coming back any time soon sister. Toss them both!
4. Wipe everything down, put back like items with like items (baking items together and pants together) and lighter things on top shelves and heavier and bulkier items on the bottom.
There are a few questions that may arise during your scrutiny like “can I use that sealed bag of ready made brownies if it is two weeks passed the expiration date”? Probably…I mean you don’t want to be stupid and needlessly toss out a chocolate anything, right? Just bake it real soon because the dry baking ingredients may not raise properly and you would not have a nice fluffy brownie…tragedy! If a food item or clothing article no longer looks like its original self, by all means, throw it out. Tomato juice is not brown. Ick!
If you are one of those anal people that feels so inspired you can make a list of what is in your pantry and cross things off and add items as you shop. I just can’t spend my time adding and subtracting food items, besides having others in your household that are not as devoted to your system will not work. Case in point, it is why I have 8 containers of breadcrumbs! See, you can clean out your pantry or clothes closet using the same rules.
Ewwwww…pretty! P.S. I did end up putting labels on the shelves…only a little anal, right? Now go clean out your closet!