The problem was my pantry was already jam packed full of these same items, in complete disarray.
I took one look and realized I couldn't try to squeeze them in to an already overflowing stack of shelves. I would have to clean the pantry out before adding anything else in.
To my horror, I found I had 3 un-started packets of flour, 6 sachets of instant mashed potato, 9 (!) cans of half used spray oil (well they were different kinds!) and many scrunched semi-sealed bags of cookies, chips and pretzels, all scattered through out the shelves.
That was it! I couldn't bare the thought of shoving more boxes onto the bursting shelves.
I was ruthless and by the time I had weeded out all the stale/ out of date/ one cracker filled zip locked bags and grouped like items together in plastic boxes, I found I had lots of room, lots of oil and organized shelves. Not only did my pantry look great, a strange kind of calm came over me. Not only did I know what I had and what I needed to buy (certainly not oil) but the orderliness and space was very soothing and pleasing.
Four weeks on I am still getting pleasure from this closet. I have tried to train ( I am always hopeful) ) those wayward boys of mine to seal things properly and put them back where they came from and I can see clearly what needs replacing. Making space has really impacted my kitchen and grocery shopping life!
With September, the beginning of a new school year has arrived
and although it's still hot and humid here in Maryland, there is the first hint of Autumn in our garden with a few leaves burning red in our hedge.
This week our family will also be celebrating the Jewish New Year.
In order to avoid clutter in our homes, the advice is always to clear out the old before bringing in the new. Rather than relegating it to the garage, clearing it out of your home once and for all is the best way to go. Donate it or trash it. Much as I did with my pantry.....
And perhaps that is a message for a new phase of life, new season or new year. Before allowing any thing new into our lives, we have to make room for it with some de-cluttering.
What does that mean for us?
It may mean clearing or changing our way of thinking
It may mean clearing or changing our schedule
It may mean clearing or changing our desks or jobs.
It may mean finding clarity in some of our relationships and mourning the losses of others.
It may mean cleaning out the pantry.....
In order for new opportunities to come in to our lives, we need to make peace with what we have, decide what we need to disguard and work out what we need to update or renew.
All these beginnings , newness and cycles open up possibilities for changes, new opportunities and challenges in our lives
Making space in our lives is the first step to allowing new things in. How are you going to let go of the old to bring in something sweet and new?
As we go into this new season, I want to wish those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah a sweet, peaceful and healthy new year and I wish all of you the clarity and space to allow beautiful new beginnings into your hearts and homes.
Let me know what you are thinking of weeding out of your life to open it up to new possibilities.
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