It seems that this is a desire/impulse/urge I have brought back to land because this, combined with my undeniable "nesting instinct", caused me to spend the better part of yesterday organizing and cleaning all the cupboards in my parents kitchen. If you are thinking "clearly she has too much time on her hands" you would be correct. It's like twenty friggin' degrees outside, people.
Before I go on you should know that my parents are very clean and tidy people - their house is by no means a mess, quite the opposite in fact. One look inside the refrigerator, kitchen cupboards or pantry, however, and you'd think you stumbled upon an episode of Hoarders. Opening the pantry you would see that my father is clearly an accumulator of sauces and spices in need of an intervention. Doubles, triples and even quadruples of oils, vinegars and rubs were jammed all together into a giant conglomerate of confusion. I threw out rubs, spices and sauces that pre-dated 2010. Some of the spice packs might have even been left over from the Reagan years. My mother - while the furthest thing from a hoarder and a lover of tidiness - squirrels away anything and everything just to simply get it out of the way and cares not for rhyme and reason as to how it is done. Bouillon cubes sit next to the cereal. Canned goods are here and there. Random half-eaten jars of peanut butter are sprinkled among four or five shelves. Crackers and bags of cereal sit in their haphazardly torn packages, open and exposed (the woman doesn't even use chip clips!). I found a rubbermaid container of brown sugar that had morphed into brick of sweetness so solid it could have been considered a weapon. All these things are a crime against cruising and would not fly on a boat. Something had to be done.
My compulsive tendencies took over and - with the blessing and help from my parents - I put my cruiser mind to work and made magic out of mayhem.
After a solid four hours of work and a very fruitful trip to The Container Store - we finished. Of course I didn't take any real "before" pictures because I didn't think of it until after the work was complete, but trust me when I say the "afters" tell a whole, new story. I can now open all the cupboards without having an anxiety attack and we can eat a can of beans without fear of botulism. Win/win, right? Both my mom and dad are thrilled. Point for the boomerang child!
|This is only SOME of the spices and how they were stowed. You should have seen the sauces!!!|
|My storage solution for the spices. The turn-style stepped spice rack.|
|Pantry "after" shot. If it looks like there is no food in there, it's because there isn't.|
|We whittled down the oils, vinegars and sauces to a select few.|
|The tea, coffee and associated cabinet has been rid of clutter and organized.|