Naturally, I am not a very organized person. I’m more of a “piler.” Mail ends up in a pile on the counter, clothes end up in a pile on the floor. I try to stay organized, I really do, but it never seems to last long before everything ends up in a jumble once again.
The other night, I took up the project of organizing our pantry. It hasn’t been deep cleaned since we moved in over a year ago so I knew I was in for a real treat. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and dive right in. When I clean, I try to get everything done as fast as possible. I know some people like to take their time to organize and spend a while on each cleaning project, but for me that is definitely not the case.
I stood on a chair to get to the high shelves. While I was sorting through the items I heard a little voice below me.
“Mommy, I help you!”
I looked down and saw that Jamison turned a bucket over and was standing on it right next to me. How could I say no to that? So I gave him cardboard to put in the recycle bin and expired food to throw in the garbage can. He had a great time. Too bad I wasn’t as excited as he was.
By the time I was done, only 10 minutes had passed. Not too shabby!
Here are the tips you should follow to have your pantry cleaned in 10 minutes:
- Toss any expired items
- Place non expired items in a box that have been in your pantry for 6+ months and donate to your local food pantry
- Wipe down all of the shelves with a slightly damp rag to get rid of crumbs
- Dedicate a section to each group of items. (Examples: cereals, canned goods, dry pasta/grains, baking items, teas)
- Face all items forward so that the labels are visible
- After following the above Have a glass of wine
Question: Are you a “piler?” If not, can you give some advice on how to be consistently organized?