Pantry Purge

So yesterday I wrote about the 31 day purge that my mom, sister and I are participating in. Our first activity was to purge our pantries. While none of us have full-blown walk-in pantries, we all have a cupboard or two that we store our food in.

My mom recently renovated her kitchen and put in¬†drawers that pull out into her pantry, something she has wanted for years! She didn’t think that she needed to do a pantry purge since¬†she literally just did a similar activity… However, when I was home this weekend, I was disappointed that these beautiful new drawers weren’t quite as organized as I thought they could/should be. So after berating my mother on the phone for a solid 10 minutes, she decided she would tackle this challenge. I don’t know about you, but I definitely see a difference! That being said, I still think she can use a couple more bins/baskets and of course, more labels.


Abby has the smallest kitchen of the three of us, and as a result, is very limited on her storage space. She has two small cupboards that she stores her food in. Unfortunately, she forgot to take before photos but hopefully you get a sense of her purging abilities. I told her that not knowing what is in the fabric bins is killing me – get some labels on those!


Of course I took this activity pretty seriously. What could have been a 15 minute event turned into an hour-long ordeal. And as you will see from my before photos, I didn’t really have all that much work to do. Since Matt and I have been doing Blue Apron on a fairly regular basis, we don’t keep nearly as much good in our house as we used to. That being said, my baking supplies rival that of a small cake bakery. You can never have too much sugar, flour and chocolate chips. It really has gotten a bit out of hand…


I didn’t take before pictures of my two other cupboards because I didn’t do a whole lot to them. Why this activity took me an hour is beyond me…


So there you have it. Three purged pantries!