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PANTRY PURGE. This is the first step in a two-part kitchen clean out. It sounds easy, but this is a biggie, so saddle up! This exercise is all about streamlining your kitchen cupboards and pantry items.

Starting at the top, remove everything, shelf by shelf, and place on the dining table. Spray and wipe down each shelf as you go, only replacing things you’ll use. Toss out any weird cans, old spices, moth eaten Weetabix or anything else that’s past its use-by date. I like to decant everything into air-tight containers. They look better than the original packaging and are impervious to moths and other pests.

It’s a big job, but totally worth doing. Every time you do it, you’ll get a better sense of what works for you (and maybe even get inspired to create a new dish with sauces and spices you forgot you even had). Plus, nothing makes your pantry more orderly and Insta-worthy than uniform glass canisters. It just looks so much better than using the commercial containers. When it’s all done and looking clean and organized, I get a little flash of delight each time I look in there, but then again, I am easily amused.



  1. Air-tight containers for decanting (get more than you think you need).
  2. All-Purpose Cleaner (15% off with code: PANTRYPURGE]
  3. Paper towels or lint-free cloths
  4. Trash bin liners
  5. Boxes for food donation items

TIME: 1-2 Hours