"Get Organized" seems to be in every list of Top Ten New Year's Resolutions. I , of course, like to pride myself on being quite organized all the time. This is a complete lie, naturally, but I DO stay rather organized in the kitchen and closet departments (my office is another story). Yesterday, however, I realized there needed to be some cleaning and rearranging in the pantry.
Alright, alright. Full disclosure. I found mouse poop in a chewed open bag of year old marshmallows. I was mortified. Mouse poop. A mouse had pooped in MY pantry. I really don't even keep anything in the pantry that is in any sort of chewable packaging (aside from all of the crackers I currently have left over from Holiday parties). I am praying this was an isolated incident that occurred months ago. Only time will tell, but for now I'm relieved to have a cleaned out and reorganized (well, maybe just tweaked, since, like I said, I am VERY organized) pantry.
|Things had taken a turn for the worse. Suddenly I was fearful of the plastic bag of almonds. And why is the honey on the spice shelf? And the steel-cut oats on the sugar shelf? Oy!|
|Enter the Letra Tag. I decided if I was regrouping, I may as well go full tilt. Each shelf would have a purpose, and therefore a permanent reminder to stay organized.|
|I even made a few new labels for the containers (though I wish I would have had some clear labels).|
|Grouping things together-Oils and Vinegars (and couscous and peanut butter).|
|Beans and Nuts (the almonds safely tucked away into a glass container).|
|The spice shelf is sorted out and easier to see.|
|All of the sweeteners are together again. God I hate that shelf liner.|
|Overall, a much cleaner pantry that is hopefully too nice and tidy for a mouse. Fair warning to all critters- I'm not above grabbing a frying pan to keep them from coming back once and for all. No catch and release for things that poo where they eat.|