Cleaning Out the Pantry

We watched an episode of Hoarders this past weekend in which a lady hoarded food. Most of it was long expired, and there were heaps of rotting produce in every room of her house with plenty of swarming flies. It motivated me to clean out our pantry. The worst thing I found was a box of Bisquick that expired in 2008. It was pretty anticlimactic. There weren’t even any flies.

I got some big canning jars to organize rice, brown sugar, oatmeal, etc. (They came in a box full of packing peanuts.)

organize pantry jars

Don’t tell anyone, but I think I might be a tea hoarder.

organize pantry before after


  1. Steph

    Whoa! You guys are junk food junkies! (Ha! J/K!) You should paint the back wall a beautiful color that makes you smile every time you open the door! Or maybe even EVERY color that makes you smile! :O)

  2. Jenna

    I went crazy on my pantry a few months ago when I was helping a family clean their pantry and found a pizza making kit that expired in 1998. The sauce was black and chunky. GROSS.

  3. Wit & Whistle Post author

    Steph – I should paint the back wall a color! That would be sweet.

    Jenna – 1998?!! That’s crazy! Eww I hope the smell was contained in the packaging!

  4. Elli

    You might try loose-leaf teas. Grab some 1 kilo packs from, decant small amounts into lovely glass jars. Then you can have the jars at the front of the shelf and the larger containers hidden behind (they recommend not exposing your tea to too much air or light, so this method preserves the bulk of the tea while displaying all the pretty leaves!).

  5. Wit & Whistle Post author

    Great idea Elli! I’ve never tried loose tea before, and some little jars of tea leaves would look awesome on my shelf. : )

  6. Kelly

    And I totally need to organize my closet today :/
    And haha, I’m with Shawn. At my parent’s house there’s this huge huge huge walk-in pantry… it’s always a nightmare…

  7. Ferret lady

    Hey there, I just wanted to second the loose leaf suggestion, you’ll never go back to bags! Teazone in Somerville, ma (they sell online as well) has excellent izu matcha powder and white chocolate chai. Mmm. I just wanted to ask where you ordered the jars from?

  8. Heather

    This makes me want to go clean something out! Thanks. I don’t think you are a tea horder yet. Your teas are so prettily organized and neat. I have a whole cabinet dedicated to my tea addiction and it is bursting with loose leaf teas, strainers, boxes, bags, and bits of tea leaves all over the bottom.

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