Pantry Tour, part 1
When people first see my kitchen, they are always surprised how small it is. Knowing I love to cook, they assume I must have a large, country kitchen complete with a roomy table, an island, and the latest appliances. Nope. My kitchen is the size of a walk-in closet. It measures 9’3” x 8’2” from wall to wall, but the floor is only 5’7” x 6’4”.
My appliances are…mix and match. I have an almond stove, fridge, and Kitchen-Aid mixer and a white dishwasher. My cupboards are faux wood and I have minimal counter space (hence Kitchen Counter Real Estate). I think it’s important to be real with you, because many of you don’t have your dream kitchen, either, so we’re all doing our best with what we have. Gratitude paves the way for joy, right?
Fortunately for me, there is a small outbuilding a few steps outside my kitchen door. It used to be a laundry shed back when I was a single mommy of 4 young children living in a single-wide trailer, complete with license plate, that my children affectionately called “The Little House.” I’ve since turned it into a pantry.
My pantry is subject to wide variations in temperature. In summer the temperature in my pantry easily goes above 90˚F, and then drops below freezing in winter, so it's not the place to store my home-preserved foods. Still, it is a useful space and I recently decided it was time to reclaim it.
I started working outside my home 4 years ago and things had been accumulating…outdated food, a generous stash of fireworks, empty boxes, charcoal for a grill we no longer own, and general garbage.
It took two days to clear the rubble, but it was worth it! Many thanks to my husband Sam for helping vacumn spiders out of webs and a doing a lot of sweeping!
Come look at the results. The pictures above are when I was in the middle of cleaning it out. I forgot to take true "before" pictures, so these are of the process. I had already cleared out quite a bit of gunky build-up and was making good progress. As you can see, it was organized at one time, but the system was no longer serving us so it fell into ruin.
What about you? Do you have a shed, a corner of your garage, a space somewhere you could transform into a pantry?