We’re moving along now! Today we will tackle the rest of the food. Set that timer for 20, pick any remaining shelves, top to bottom, left to right, and go around your kitchen. If something wasn’t boxed, bagged, canned or jarred, now’s the time to sort and toss it. Pull the items out, sort them into a groups of expired, compost, donation, recycling, and trash. Wipe the shelves. Put the remaining food back.
Things to look for:
- Flat soda
- Old candy
- Containers of half-eaten food
- Expired baking supplies (baking powder, confectioner’s sugar, molasses, vanilla flavoring….if they’ve been there since you made cookies for your child’s 1st grade class and that child is now 28, it’s time for them to go)
- Improperly stored wine (it should be on it’s side…if it’s upright, and has been there a while, chances are the cork has dried out enough to let air in and spoil the wine)
- Anything else that didn’t fall into the previous categories (boxed, snack, jars, cans)
- Packages of bread
- Any food on your counter
- That drawer you hide the candy in
- Tubes of seasoning pastes (wasabi, curry, etc.)
- Those little packets of ketchup and soy sauce from takeout
At this point, you should be done sorting and tossing all of the food in your kitchen. If not, set a timer for 10 more minutes and finish up!
Sick of food? We’re moving on to flatware and utensils tomorrow. Try to contain your excitement. ;-)