Yesterday, I got an epiphany. "You must clean your pantry," said that little voice in my head. I still cannot figure out if the voice is a he or she. It just always sounds neutral. Anyway, so I did exactly that. After I took my dogs for their morning walk, I had a slice of vegetable lasagna that I made two days before as breakfast. This lasagna, by the way, is delicious. And healthy, because I used eggplant, portabello mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, ground turkey meat and veggie shreds (which is cheese made from soy and is lactose-free). Now, I am off the track again. Anyway, after the lasagna then I was off to working on the pantry.
|The un-cluttered and organized pantry. No "before" pictures. Too embarassing.|
So I started with those plastics. I put them in the two biggest plastic bags I could find and scrunched them in like I really really hate them. I folded 15 of those plastics into triangles and divided them to the three bathrooms in the house to be used as trash cans plastics. I then started the pantry cleaning, de-cluttering and re-arranging. I ended up doing that to the whole kitchen, throwing away foods and stuff I had never even realized were there or I had never used in more than one year. The result was absolutely satisfying! Now I have so much space and my pantry is immaculate and organized. I feel more comfortable cooking and navigating in my small kitchen.
It is amazing how de-cluttering the messiest part of the house can make me feel this good. It is like a heavy weight has been lift off of my shoulders and I am left with things that I really need, not things that I thought I needed. I did not even realized that the messy pantry was actually that big of a problem. Maybe, inside, I was identifying that messy pantry to myself and cleaning it made me feel like I was opening myself to newer, better possibilities. Yes, maybe so.
From all of the things I found laying uselessly inside the pantry, I found 3 reusable shopping bags. So today, for the very first time, I did my grocery shopping and did not take home a single plastic bag. I feel soooooo good! I feel like I am actually doing something right for once. Haha. I also put all the plastic bags I had to a recycle box outside HEB (the grocery store).
I am ready to change the way I live. More than de-cluttering and organizing my house, I am ready to de-clutter and organize my life. Please Universe, do not let me forget and wander off.