A Whole Day Cleaning Out the…

Yeah, the pantry. School is starting in two weeks! Two. Two weeks and my house is simply not ready for grumpy heads rising before 6:30 a.m., heading to school to beat the tardy bell at 7:20.

It’s not ready for starving mouths that need after-school snacks and all that goes along with five days of kid-torture.

My pantry was ridiculous.

So maybe I didn’t spend a whole day on it, but I swear I did spend an hour and it’s possible more than one bag of trash went out, I will not admit to any more than one. 

I reorganized my spice rack, moved a few things to different cabinets, shopped for school supplies and got them ready to go in boxes, and basically cleaned house. No, not basically, I did clean house.

I was quiet online yesterday and I got zipola writing done. I will say while dinner was in the oven, I took a break with a cup of tea and Lisa Jordan’s newest book, Lakeside Family. A fifteen minute break. Yeah, it turned into an hour and I admit to laughing out loud and even sobbing tearing up. You can pre-order it! Click on Lisa’s name.

Now that my laundry is done, school supplies purchased, and I can open my pantry without stale chips and moldy bread falling out (I might or might not be exaggerating) I can get back to writing. Oh and I got inspired by Amanda Dykes uber-cool organized desk, so I cleaned mine off and did a little organizing myself! You can read about it at Melissa Tagg’s Tag(g)lines, where she guest posted, HERE!

Do you do a full scrub on your house before school starts up? And even better, if you could be one item in a pantry, what would you be and why?

16 thoughts on “A Whole Day Cleaning Out the…

  1. Aww! I clicked over to read about your pantry and was so honored and surprised when you mentioned me! Feeling a little guilty now that my desk area– and the whole room it's in– is in need of some serious TLC right now. So… YOU have inspired ME!

    1. It will be one big cycle of awesomeness! I really need a bulletin board! 🙂

  2. Hey, fun, thanks for the shout-out. And I started Lisa's book yesterday, too!! I love, love it. She's such a fabulous writer! If I could be one item in the pantry, I'd pick Nutella–it has to be the happiest of all pantry items!

    1. You're welcome! I agree, she is a fab writer! Oooh, Nutella! Great choice!

  3. I love cleaning out my cabinets! I bought a spice organzier last year that has helped alot. 🙂
    School doesn't start for us until September!

    1. I have a rack, but I'm not so sure it's an organizer. May have to look into that! 🙂

  4. Full scrub? My house doesn't know those words. Oh, poor house o mine. With Steve gone it's only gotten worse. I had such high hopes for cleaning. 😉

    Oh, and I still think it's crazy we don't start for another month yet…if not longer.
    ~ Wendy

  5. We've also got a month–don't start till after Labor Day:) But I did start my cleaning yesterday…got one kid's room summer cleaned b/c I completely missed spring cleaning.

    I want to be chocolate…b/c who doesn't love chocolate???

  6. Fun! You make me laugh, Fiend! My pantry needs YOU. There's stuff in the back from 1998. Just sayin. Hmmm…that may change this weekend. Great idea! And not to prepare for school (no kiddos here), but to find the other cat. 🙂

  7. Bahaha, I can just imagine you cleaning out your pantry. Do you hate the chore more or less than you hate your dog? …

    Um, sadly, we are not on a school schedule around here. Every day is like school is in session because I have to work just the same in the summer. Is it bad that I look forward to having kids so I can have real summers again? Probably.

    And I'd be peanut butter, because everything is better with peanut butter. Creamy, not crunchy, thank you very much.

  8. I didn't clean out my pantry this week … but I did dive into my jewelry box, which has been ignored for decades. Ah, the fashion trends that can be recalled in pairs of earrings!
    I have Lisa's new book too — but don't dare open it because I'm on deadline. (Aren't I always on deadline?!)
    What item would I want to be in the pantry? Love this question: How about that delicious treat, Nutella — just perfect for grabbing a spoon and sneaking a taste when your up late and working on rewrites!

  9. My house SOOOOO needs a cleaning. Everywhere. In every corner. I find myself SO distracted by having the kids home (but they're AWAY AT SLEEPOVER CAMP next week – so maybe??).

    And Michigan law says you can't start school before Labor Day. So there 😉

  10. Cleaning. What is this word, cleaning? Can you 'splain it to me? I do not know this word.

    I love this – you inspire me. And I'm actually in the middle of… what for it… no WAIT for it… SETTING UP MY VERY OWN WRITING WORLD! Our daughter got married last year and vacated her room. Then we had a young man living with us until April, then we had company, then we had relatives visiting over the summer. BUT now (I can hardly stop giggling ecstatically!) I'm taking the room for My. Very. Own. Writing World. Bookshelves, books, my pretty things, my desk, computer, thinking chair. And yes, one teeny-tiny shelf for bills that need to be paid at some point. Now I have to head over to Amanda's desk for ideas. Tee-hee!

  11. My house is a mess right now. It's driving me nuts, but I'm not sure when it will get any attention.

  12. Does school seriously start in two weeks!?!? Oh my gosh, where has the summer gone? I sort of get this need to clean and get my house in order right before edits are coming and thats right now. I love a good clean pantry 🙂 Mine has always been horrible and last year, I grabbed a sharpie, emptied my pantry and drew lines (literally like grocery isles) in my pantry. Now everything has an isle, sweeteners, beans, soup, etc. I love it and it actually has stayed that way though it's not very pretty and definitely wouldn't make the cover of a Martha Stewart magazine, LOL.

  13. It's quite impressive.


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