I have several friends gallivanting around France, Italy, Spain, the UK... And what did I do this week? Well, among other exciting things, I organised my pantry. (In the breaks between drooling over their travel/food photos. You know who you are). This - the pantry - had been on my To Do list for a few weeks, after an Incident that left the herbs and spices in total disarray. I knew where the breakfast spices were, but aside from that, mayhem. And I have been aware for some time that the fruit and nut area was catastrophic. Usable, in the kind of "I need almonds... I know they're there... Yep, found 'em" type of way, but far from organised, and hiding some items that had been put there and forgotten and then superseded in importance. I am also aware that the pantry is one area I feel needs to be ordered, and I was quite logical before, but that is possibly a bit too obscure. When I say, for example, that the sugar goes in the sugar area, I think it's quite obvious from the other sugars in that area. But not everyone sees that, and admittedly, dried fruit has a high natural sugar content, and chocolate is ... sweet... Anyway, I organised and cleared out and cleaned my pantry. And then I stuck little labels on the shelves. A la Ned Flanders (explained here, if you need it).
I am being brave and showing the mess that was. You probably can't grasp the UnOrder of the herbs and spices. Trust me on this.