Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Countdown to a Clutter-Free Life - 6 Items from Your Fridge or Pantry

If you've been following along on the Spring Fling Challenge, please accept my sincerest apologies for my slackness. I have been flinging, just not blogging thanks to a recent vacation, a business trip and a busier than normal schedule.

Enough with the excuses. Summer will be here in 12 days, so on to flinging...

In the next step in our challenge to rid ourselves of 55 unwanted, unneeded things, organizing guru Julie Morgenstern's challenges us to get rid of

  • 6 items from the fridge or pantry that will never be eaten or that have passed their ideal freshness

I'm ashamed to admit that this was no problem for me. In fact, I could probably do this challenge every week. (We're terrible about finishing all of our leftovers.) Last night - separate from this challenge, I tossed out some old lettuce, some leftover pasta, leftover garlic butter, some leftover Mexican casserole, some uneaten Chinese takeout and a few stuffed mushrooms.

This is so bad and so wasteful. Every time I do this, I promise myself that we'll do better at eating the food in our refrigerator and finishing off leftovers. But I'm not really a leftover kind of gal. My hubby can eat the same thing for days on end, but I really don't like dinner repeats. However, I'm going to challenge myself to find ways to repurpose our leftovers into delicious meals. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Now onto the purging. I cleared out our cabinets and tossed:

  • 2 outdated packages of gnocchi (a travesty!)
  • 1 package of spring roll skins (the best intentions)
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 package of dry milk
  • 1 jar of instant coffee (never drink the stuff; bought it for a recipe)
  • sushi rice (not enough left to make even a single serving)
  • opened bag of Swedish fish from Ikea (to be fair, I ate these! Purging is hungry work)
  • 1 box of tea (I have more tea than Boston Harbor)
  • 1 almost empty bag of pear caramel tea (see above)
  • dried out coconut
  • golden flaxseed meal (didn't much like the taste)
  • 4 packages of fast food dipping sauce (I never end up using these)
  • 1 Ziploc bag of cornmeal left by my mother in law (I have a box, what do I need this bag for?)
  • 1 Thai Kitchen instant rice noodle soup (no idea how long that's been there!)
Drumroll please. With this task finished, I've gotten rid of 90 unwanted, unused and useless items since embarking on the challenge (plus 4,000 emails in my inbox and BlackBerry).

Keep checking back to follow my Spring Clean Countdown progress, and feel free to join the fun and post your own challenges and successes in getting clutter-free.


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