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Winter Cleaning

Winter Cleaning... It's like spring cleaning, but in winter, and is when the mood most often strikes me.  Last weekend a big winter cleaning wasn't on the agenda, but one thing led to another and I ended up cleaning out and re-organizing the bottom of my pantry.  It was a colossal mess, and turns out it housed enough inventory to open a party goods store!

Think I'm kidding?  Let me show you...

Thanksgiving

Halloween

Christmas

Winter

Valentine's Day

Birthday

Easter

Initials

Animal Prints

Hawaiian Luau

Baby Shower

Random

Even more random

Spring

Summer

This totally doesn't count a couple of things of plastic utensils, plates, cute cups, bowls, etc. that were also stashed down there.  

It isn't a total shock.  I made note a year ago (after buying a couple packages post-Christmas) and have made a considerable effort to not buy anymore.  In fact, I can tell you exactly what I have bought over the past 12 months.  I got some new Thanksgiving napkins post-Thanksgiving because I thought I needed some (obviously not).  I also bought those cute green & pink ones in the summer category (top right of that pic) in Mississippi in May (after telling Lisa I shouldn't because I had grounded myself from buying anymore).  

In my defense, I do use them some.  I have those coasters where you can change out the napkins.  I like being able to change with the seasons or holidays.  But, it was a complete organizational nightmare.  I had no idea what I had and couldn't find anything when I needed it.  

I decided to organize with file folders, and hopefully this will keep me organized and from buying ones I don't need.


Please pay no attention to the shelf above this bottom.  I did not take my Winter cleaning that far!


I honestly think I need to go to a paper-goods anonymous meeting or something.  I texted Jennifer and said,  "Do not let me buy any more napkins.  Use physical force if necessary."

That was Sunday.  On Monday I found the cutest Christmas napkins in pink & gold and they were only 50 cents!  I was totally about to buy them.  Jennifer texted me "What is wrong with you?!".  I felt the shame and put them back.  You got to give it to me... I'm paper goods ready for any party at a drop of the hat!

Comments

Ann said…
You have more paper goods than anyone I know. But, they are all cute! You have good taste!!
Abby said…
Ok, you know I share your obsession. We have gone to using ours for dinner and Emery's lunch.

I am contemplating cleaning the wrapping closet. I think I have more wrapping paper than napkins. Ekks!

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