It’s amazing what happens to your psyche when you clean out your pantry. For me it was three sets of emotions all rolled into one: GUILT-RESOLVE-ELATION.
The Guilt Part:
I found many duplicates of things and, unfortunately, many expired items. I also found items that I purchased specifically for baking at Christmas time and subsequently never used. What in the world am I going to make with three cans of sweetened condensed milk?
Crap. Waste.of.resources. Waste.of.money.
The Resolve Part:
I’m going to use everything in this pantry before it expires. Including the sweetened condensed milk. (Any suggestions?)
The Elation Part:
An organized pantry! (Okay, is it weird that I open the pantry to just ‘look’ every time I’m in the kitchen now? Don’t answer that.)
The good news is that I now have a pantry that is organized, and I will make sure I use up what I have in the next month, before anything else expires. I will also make sure I check the pantry before I go shopping.
My menu for the week:
- Monday: Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole
- Tuesday: Shrimp Scampi, Spinach Salad
- Wednesday: Zesty Chicken Sandwiches, ffs, salad
- Thursday: Steak Kabobs, Greek Salad
- Friday: Homemade Pizza, Salad
- Saturday: Away for weekend
- Sunday: Away for weekend
The best part: No grocery shopping necessary.
Do you experience any kind of emotion when cleaning out your pantry?