I’m a clutterbug

I know since I was little I am a pack rat and very cluttered. Its really hard to get past it but my house is suffering.

I follow a blogger, she has a Facebook group I joined awhile ago and she has a 31 day purge that started just today.  I am so excited to try this and get rid of the mess and clutter.

If you’ve never heard of the 31 day purge I found it on A Bowl Full of Lemons, 31 Day Purge.  Today was day 1 and it was your pantry. This is an area I really do struggle with. Not because of myself but my children.  They never put things back where they below and we often have food dumped everywhere.

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This is my before photo. It was actually taken Sept. 18. I had bought a couple of baskets already and started the process but never got to finish it. I hate the clutter of never being able to find things. What this photo doesn’t really show is the mess down on the floor, open food, cereal bags, it was horrible. I was gradually working on it and today I finished. My cabinet is not pretty, my husband made the shelves out of plywood in the closet that is supposed to be for coats but it’s in my dining room. we had planned on making better shelves but never got around to it .

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These are the after photos. I found a shelf and a can rack at a local. The can rack only holds about 9 cans per shelf I think and they have to be smaller cans. I have all the chicken noodle and vegetable soup and baked beans along with some veggies.

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Our snack shelf is always an issue. I make one basket for school snacks only, one small bin(behind the red one) that holds school drink boxes and a basket for cracker(my children love crackers).  I bought 3 smaller baskets(the red ones) for daily after school snacks. The 3 older kids have one, my 8 year old with a dairy allergy has one and my 2 & 5 year olds share one. It is acutally working out very well, the older kids only have applesauce cups left lol but it is helping to prevent the sneaking of snacks we previously had a problem with.

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It definitely isn’t the perfect cabinet but I feel very proud I got it done. I threw away all the expired foods and there are only things we will actually eat in there!

I am waiting on my Tupperware to come. I recently signed up to sell Tupperware because I love the products so I ordered some to help me organize my pantry. we got through a ton of cereal with 6 kids but I want it for rice and other foods like that. I do keep pastas and flour, sugar etc on my kitchen counter in glass containers but need some containers for what doesn’t fit into those.