I Cleaned My Kitchen Cabinets Today


I cleaned my kitchen cabinets today.

It wasn’t exactly what I had planned to do with my afternoon, but after being assaulted by a container of cumin and saving a bottle of balsamic from an untimely demise, I thought it might be a good idea. Plus I am not entirely sure I have done this since we moved into our house 8 years ago.

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This is what I found:

A dishtowel with a cow on it.

2 rubber gloves for the left hand.

A broken mug I might use to make a mosaic stepping stone.

My husband’s Elmer Fudd glass from 1973 that, although it can’t be used due to a crack, is still in existence because it might be worth something someday.

Leftover random paper plates of 7 unique sizes, shapes, and colors, depicting various holidays and celebratory occasions. With napkins to match. And then some.

5 “Take and Toss” sippy cups purchased and put into circulation 6 years ago.

3 kiddie snack containers also circa 2012 that I swore at that time I would call the company to complain how impossible the lids were to remove and after that I was going to throw them away.

A surprising number of items that expired in 2011. Hmmm, yes, I was a bit busy that year.

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A teeny-tiny bottle of ketchup that was just so darn cute I couldn’t bear to open it up and use it 10 years ago. In my defense, I did throw away the teeny-tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce a few years back because it looked yucky.

Garlic powder stuck in one giant mass to the bottom of the container.

Ditto for the Tang.

TWO sets of food coloring?! Does anyone REALLY need TWO sets of food coloring?!

Empty spice containers that are clean.

Empty spice containers that are dirty.

Full spice containers with the lid wide open. Goodness.

Sprinkles circa 1999. I wonder what the life expectancy of a sprinkle is?

5 little bags of unidentified spices from the Co-op’s bulk section.

4 containers of ground ginger. I love ground ginger! You know, if I keep this up I could create a board game out of ground ginger containers.

Just a little bit of Mrs. Dash Onion. I could pour that into the Mrs. Dash Garlic. Done.

YIKES! What is THAT? Ugh.

Untold numbers of empty glass jars of various shapes and sizes.

Exactly 11 plastic lids with no matching plastic containers. How does that happen? 

My head hurts.

Water bottles with no tops.

Tops with no water bottles.

Candy I put away for my daughter, hoping she would forget about it.

Candy I hid from myself.

Pasta made from black beans. Yes, that’s right and yes, it’s wrong.

4 boxes of cereal crumbs. 

5 jars of lentils, 4 jars of dried beans, 3 jars of Texturized Vegetable Protein*, 2 packs of Sure-Jell, and a partridge in a pear tree. Sans the partridge.

*Note: The Texturized Vegetable Protein is from my vegetarian years, last century. 

This is getting embarrassing.

An entire drawerful of recipe clippings, cooking magazines and cookbooks published by various organizations. And yet the only thing I ever do when I need a recipe is Google it.

Coffee filters for a coffee maker I no longer own.

Now, on to the junk drawer!

On second thought, no. Not going there. Not today. I just can’t.

I got rid of so much stuff I was able to remove a 3-drawer chest and a breadbox from my kitchen. Now I have room to put all my small appliances away when they aren’t being used. And my cabinets look so clean and organized!

Now, if I could only figure out how to keep them that way!

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Sarah VanderMeiden
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Sarah is a dyed-in-her-wool-socks Minnesotan whose life-long love of woods and water drew her to move to Duluth 23 years ago this November. An avid hiker, she loves to explore all locales on Lake Superior’s shore, snowshoe frozen North Shore rivers and go for walks in Duluth’s Lester Park. Working in Higher Education for over 20 years, Sarah’s greatest joy was to talk with students about how to navigate the challenges of college, what they wanted to do with their lives and how to make their dreams come true. After stepping out of this career to be a stay-at-home-mom, Sarah has returned to her passion of helping people achieve their personal and professional goals as a Board Certified Coach. To find out more about coaching and her background, visit sarahvandermeiden.com or find her on Facebook at Sarah VanderMeiden Coaching . Sarah’s family lives in the country and share their five acres with a small flock of laying hens, deer, wild turkey, way too many mice and 10,000 honeybees. Sarah has given up gardening and keeping her house clean to pursue her many interests including enjoying the lake, singing, photography and spending time with her family camping in their vintage travel trailer or tickling each other on the couch.