I believe in pantry karma. How you treat your pantry has a direct effect on what comes out of your kitchen. In a moment of clarity this weekend I discovered a big reason why I have had a case of "kitchen avoidance" over the last few weeks and it doesn't involve the new job. Sure, the new job has been stressful, but no wonder I haven't been cooking a lot-- who would want to after looking at this mess? I'm not sure why it took me this long to notice, but it wasn't until this weekend that I really saw the truth-- I have been sending some really bad karma into my pantry.
It's a little embarrassing to even post this picture. I don't really want to publicly share my temporary lack of respect for such an important room in our house. However, I am a big believer in personal accountability and felt compelled to post it as a reminder of what can happen when I let the pantry go wild.
The best part about realizing you have a problem is realizing you can do something about it. It's very therapeutic to take control, which is exactly what I did. With Dan's help it didn't take long and before we knew it the pantry was back to it's normal state. In the thirty minutes or so it took to accomplish the task I felt my own mental clutter start to clear up, which reminded me of something someone once said about your house being a reflection of your life-- if your house is a mess than your life might be kind of a mess, too. I'm pretty sure I heard that bit of wisdom from my mother.
With a de-cluttered pantry I also made another realization--I have a lot of stuff hidden in there! So much, in fact, that I have decided to forgo grocery shopping this week and use only what I already have on hand. I'm feeling pretty confident that I'll make it through the week without stopping by the store, but , then again, it's only Sunday and there are six more days to go. Stay tuned to see if I make it!