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Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you’re ready for another fun-filled year with us here at A Passionate Plate. We want to kick off the year right – by getting organized and giving something away.
What goes along with organizing? Cleaning, of course. Mary and I were both motivated by our friend Christina’s recent post titled “Pantry Purge” over at Foodie With a Life. She provides some great tips and fun inspiration for digging in and organizing the kitchen.
I decided to start with the oil/vinegar/salt/sweetener cupboard. This one sits just to the left of the stove, so it is filled with frequently used items (or so I thought). I think every one of us would admit that we don’t always know everything that is in our cupboards and that’s why it’s so good to re-organize every so often. My surprise find: a lovely bottle of Pomegranate Glaze (this will make it’s way into a recipe real soon – stay tuned!). Taking Christina’s advice, I moved the open box of baking soda to the refrigerator (absorbs odors – nice!) and I grouped like-items together (oils on one side, vinegars and cooking wines on the other…salts all in one place and sweeteners in another). MUCH better!
One tip I would add to Christina’s list: clean as you organize. There were lots of sticky and oily drips in my cupboard (along with some mystery crumbs), so I took the opportunity to sweep out the crumbs and use an all-purpose cleaner to clean each shelf and bottle before returning things to their (new) proper locations.
This brings me to the announcement of our January Giveaway.
Enter to win the following prizes:
An assortment of Elf Naturals natural cleaning products and a book to get you organized – 1001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization: The Ultimate Source Book for Storage Ideas & Materials.
Our friend Janine’s cleaning business was the inspiration for her development of Elf Naturals, environmentally friendly cleaning products for the home which are now available in Whole Foods stores and many other grocers in the Northwest.
To enter this giveaway, simply respond to this post with the answer to the question:
What surprise find was hiding in your cupboards?
How easy is that? We’ll pick a winner randomly from all of the responses on January 30th.
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