Nate’s Perfect Pantry Procrastination

“You should see Nate’s pantry,” I said over coffee and cereal one morning.

“Who’s Nate?” my daughter asked.

“Oh, Nate Berkus… you know, on the television show,” I replied.

“Hahaha, oh, mom, you sound like he’s one of your best friends!”

It was clearly time to turn off the television…but just thinking about two months worth of clutter and neglected chores in our home made me exhausted. Secretly I wondered if I’m one of those “hoarders”… or just a retired kindergarten teacher with an addiction to stationery supplies.

Crayola Rainbow

So, out went the stacks of paper, pens, glue, scissors, brushes, tempera paint, my beloved 64 crayola crayon pack and my collection of arts and crafts books to a friend with much younger children than mine.  Basement Storage Room – check.

And then… I eyed The Pantry, where boxes and packages overflowed, spare containers teetered on top shelves, and mystery stale food lurked in dark corners.  I thought about Nate’s show and the “Pantry Proud” woman he interviewed… and Nate’s Perfect Pantry..

Separate and Sort into Assorted Containers (Winners, Wal-Mart and Crate and Barrel)

Separate and Sort into Assorted Containers (Winners, Wal-Mart and Crate and Barrel)

Now, I’m not even remotely the competitive type, but this crazy little voice in my head wanted to say, “Ha! Anybody can do that, I bet I can make my pantry look even prettier than hers.” But what I really thought was “Wow, that’s impressive.” and I was inspired to try it myself.

Label and Add Directions (Expo BrightSticks Fluorescent Wet Erase Markers)

Label and Add Directions (Expo BrightSticks Fluorescent Wet Erase Markers)

And… when I get an idea in my head, the creativity starts flowing and a “simple” decluttering project can quickly go over the top.  “Yes, “ I thought, “I, too, could be Pantry Proud!” Enter my school teacher organizational and labeling skill set.

Pantry 3

Reuse jars and tins. Baking pans or placemats can protect the shelf surface.

Who am I kidding here? I am really just incredibly expert at self-deception. My true expertise lies in the ability to procrastinate and reason with myself while amplifying the importance of the new task at hand.  In fact, the degree to which I am avoiding something is almost always evidenced by the “overkill” of the new project… like The Pantry Project.

Pantry 4

Serveware can be stored on higher shelves and used to decorate

If I were to be downright honest with myself, I’d have written this: “I would have done anything…anything at all…  just to avoid sitting down and practicing the new Resphigi orchestra pieces that utterly terrify me.”

Pantry 5

So now my pantry is almost way too perfectly organized, my blog is done and I have run out of excuses… so off to tune my cello I go.

Pantry 6But I think the garden looks like it might need watering and weeding…

(My daughter pointed out that I forgot to photograph the “before” pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination.) 

  • F. - September 18, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Impressive!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - September 18, 2011 - 8:17 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it! I’ll take photos in a month to see if it lasts, lol!ReplyCancel

  • Patty West - September 18, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Wow….wanna do mine :) ReplyCancel

  • mmarnall - September 19, 2011 - 6:33 am

    This looks great! I save all of my glass jars from food and mason jars for the same purpose. I also use some of them for organizing things in the bathroom cabinets. You should look in to Krylon’s looking glass spray, it can give your glass a mirror like look or the old mercury glass look, depending on how generously you apply.ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - September 19, 2011 - 6:57 am

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll have a look at this. It would be a cool finish!ReplyCancel

  • Danelle Vickers - September 19, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    That looks awesome! You’ve inspired me! Of course…I have had a glass of wine. Inspiration will likely be gone by tomorrow when I remember I have 4 kids and too much to do already!ReplyCancel

    • Just A Smidgen - September 19, 2011 - 9:37 pm

      Hahaha, yes wine can be inspiring all on its’ own! 4 kids and a pantry…it would be almost impossible for it to organized anyway:)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee@clevermuffin - September 20, 2011 - 3:12 am

    This is very enviable – more than anything I envy how big your pantry is! I have real storage issues and am going to take another bloggers suggestion soon of stacking all my cans up against a wall. I do love having an organised pantry though.ReplyCancel

  • Wine And Food Musings - October 4, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Great now you’ve given me this idea too and I’ll have to go organize my pantry so I can compete with yours. How beautifully organized and labeled. I love that. Great blog too! I can’t wait to read more from you.ReplyCancel

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