Is there a saying about
you know you've hit middle age when a clean fridge excites you?
Ha! Sad to say but that's whats been making me happy on my blog break.
Every shelf has been removed and scrubbed, the condiments have been organized, bits and bobs have been discarded and, best of all, the menfolk have been informed of the correct place to put things once they use them. No more cramming the salad dressing any old place it will fit. No sirree. kindly place it on shelf #2 in the door.
In case anybody starts slacking on the rules, I've stationed my Texas Christmas Pickles front and center to keep everyone in line.
Just kidding, of course. Truthfully, I haven't had the heart to "undress" the pickles since my neighbor gave them to us for Christmas. Talk about a cute presentation for her homemade pickles.
When I announced my "blog break", I knew it was time to do a bit less blogging and a bit more spring cleaning. Soon it will be gardening season and then summertime will arrive.
I'm trying hard to get the house in order so that we can enjoy our time outside when the nicer weather arrives.
So, officially I'm still on a blog break, but the truth is I miss you all and even though I'm cleaning and organizing my mind keeps wandering to what is new with all of you.
In fact, I'll admit I have poked around in blogland a bit while on this so called break and as it turns out that has been a very good thing. I happened to read this post right about the time I decided to get serious about whipping my house into shape. She is offering a challenge each day for the month of March and after looking it over it seemed very "doable" to me so I am on board and busy completing my daily assignments working toward an organized home by the end of the month.
What started the ball rolling was my pantry.
Since the holidays it had become so packed and messy. It was driving me crazy every time I stepped in there.
This was taken after one shelf had been emptied and the clean up was getting started. You can see how the floor space was being swallowed up by who knows what. Yikes!!
My method is to empty one shelf at a time and give the shelf a wash with some nice soapy water. Before replacing the food I check it for expiration dates and keep out the things that need to be used. As I clean I brainstorm ideas for using up these items. In one instance I had a small amount of angel hair pasta and a package of smoked salmon that we received in a gift basket. I had no idea what to do with smoked salmon until I read a recipe on the back of the pasta and there was one containing both of these ingredients. The dinner dilemma was solved although I'm not sure I'm a big fan of smoked salmon. Whew, talk about a fishy smell.
Once all the shelves were done I took everything off of the floor, vacuumed the nooks and crannies with the crevice tool and washed the floor.
Everything back in place.
As the chief cook and bottle washer I guess it just makes sense that a clean and organized pantry makes things run smoother.
When I was looking for inspiration to get started on this pantry overhaul, I found it here and in an effort to keep things from getting out of hand, this simple idea is one I plan to put into practice.
Good thing I was doing a bit of cheating on my blog break or I never would have gained all of this inspiration which, in the end, is helping me plug along on my spring organizing project.
I'd be lying if I said that it's been all work around here.
There's been some fun too which I'll be sharing just as soon as I get a handle on a few more jobs around here.