Awhile back my bud, Delaney did a posting on a meme she was tagged on Home Staples – what she had in the cupboards – sounded like something I could get some fun out of – heaven knows there are places in my cupboards I haven’t looked at in ages. Now, while Delaney gave you staples – I thought I’d come clean and let you know what treasures I find as I go through various hiding places.
Starting in the kitchen, since it has the pantry, I opened the pantry doors to find standards like olive oil, Pam spray, Saltine crackers, a can of chick peas, some canned soups from Healthy choice, entirely too many boxes of pasta, a jar of spaghetti sauce and some cake mixes that have been in there for who knows how long (I don’t eat cake), along with various decorating items like those little bottles of sprinkles (when desperate I have been known to eat them out of the bottle), a few cans of pre-made icing (Devoted Spouse likes to eat it out of the can – you’d think we were total Rednecks), and kitchen towels (my kitchen drawers are full of gadgets, Reynolds Wrap, and every Yellow Pages ever printed (why can I not throw them out? – no room for towels). The upper shelf holds large items like some vases, a few pots I rarely use, a jar of molasses (why?) and I found an old Vera Bradly lunch tote that I haven’t had use for since I retired. Further down in the pantry we find the staples like flour, Splenda, and brown sugar that is hard as a rock, a box of Bisquick, a ton of plastic grocery sacks (well, they have to go somewhere), more crackers, an old can of beets, a dog toy (don’t ask), several boxes of Shake n Bake, chicken stock, entirely too many boxes of dried onion soup (they must have been on sale one day) a bottle of barbecue sauce whose “use by” date was sometime last year, several tins of my beloved sardines, and a jar of anchovies in oil (yum-yum). At the very bottom of the pantry is the box of trash bags, the useless Jack LaLane juicer (the one I wrote about on Crap on a Crutch awhile back) and some junk that doesn’t belong in a pantry like the three-pack of Clorox wipes (again, another sale item) and a Swiffer I never use. Well, that’s not too bad – there are other items but you don’t need to know them all.
I know I have flour, sugar and those type of staples in the pantry but I also have several Longabarger baskets on my counter that I use to store flour and sweeteners but I don’t use sugar really and that canister is empty. The other day as we were quickly clearing the clutter out of the way prior to the visit of Gretchen House Cleaner Extraordinaire, I noticed several bags of ammo that Devoted Spouse had bought at a recent gun show – so I shoved them into that canister, put the top on and promptly forgot about it. Hmmm…
Moving to the fridge we find milk that’s a little old, cans of diet A&W root beer and Coke Zero, some moldy broccoli, Velveeta slices (I know, not very healthy, but so good for cheese and sweet pickle sandwiches), sweet pickles, various condiments, defrosting chicken thighs, a bottle of diet Cran-Grape juice (it goes with the bottle of Grey Goose vodka that’s stashed in the freezer), a lime, several packages of cold cuts, bacon, cottage cheese, yogurt, spinach, lettuce, and a few cherry tomatoes that I need to finish using up real fast, a bag of cherries and several tupperware containers of God-knows what – and I’m not opening them either.
Off we go to the hall bathroom where under the sink we find extra tp (thankfully), cleaning supplies, one of those candle burner thingies we all have, room freshener (self-explanatory), another basket chocked full of Guns and Ammo magazines, American Rifleman, Astronomy, Civil War Times and other manly reading material, and a dog toy (don’t ask).
Upstairs to the guest bath and we discover more cleaning supplies, another candle burner (what is with this candle fetish I seem to have?) a basket of mini-toiletries I keep on hand for the guests I never have so I pilfer from it every time Devoted Spouse and I travel, several rolls of tp, extra hand soap, a shower cap and an old issue of Country Home magazine .
You already know what’s in my linen closet – I’ve posted about that on an earlier C&BI and I’m happy to report that the linen closet still looks just as nice as the “final” picture I posted on the blog the day I cleaned out that closet. The only addition to the closet is every morning I take the very shredded area rug out of the guest bathroom and roll it up and store it on the floor of the closet so in case someone happens to stop by and use my upstairs guest bath, they won’t see what the dog does to the rug at night. Then each evening when we go to bed, out comes the “special” shredded rug just for EmmaLou to keep shredding to her heart’s content.
In the master bath, there is another linen closet – a double wide one with mirrored doors and it holds my beloved Bare Minerals makeup and every cosmetic brush that has ever been produced along with creams, potions, lotions, and all the accoutrements a lady needs to keep herself looking quasi-gorgeous. Further down on another shelf there seems to be another dog toy (this is getting annoying). This closet is divided into a his and hers, but Devoted Spouse would say it’s mostly a hers. He does have about 6 inches worth of room on two shelves that he also has to share with the first aid supplies and I may need to use some of that room for the rest of my stuff soon. He is much lower maintenance than I, so it’s only fair I get the lion’s share of this closet. Plus I have to share this with bath towels and shampoos – and more tp. Oh, and there are the floor of the closet are the flip-flops I couldn’t find the other day—how’d they get in the linen closet?
I think I’ve shared enough staples with you for one day. Next time maybe we’ll explore dresser drawers – oh yippy skippy that should yield some interesting treasure.