My name is Jayne and I have a problem…
…I have a bit of a pantry hoarding problem. I accept I have a problem. It’s a little out of control I think. I didn’t really understand I had problem until I saw this pantry re-do (that happens to be very similar in size and location to mine) here today. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing.
I meal plan, stick to my shopping list (90% of the time), make what I plan (90% of the time), etc. I think deep down, it’s just my need to be prepared and here’s why:
- What if I don’t want to cook tonight, so I need something quick on hand. Or if I’m not home for dinner, Josh needs something to eat. (Mac & Cheese, frozen chicken strips & fries, frozen pizza)
- What if we have people over, I need to have snacks. (I always have at least 1 box of brownie mix on hand, crackers, nuts, etc)
- Girl Scout Cookies: they are only available once a year and I need to stock up!
- Trader Joes: we don’t have one in Iowa City so I need to stock up on our favorites when I’m near one.
You know what’s funny about each of my justifications? I use my favorite word, need. Need is defined (thank you Google) as, “Require (something) because it is essential or very important.” I’m pretty sure none of these fall under the category of need. We aren’t going to starve if I don’t have a frozen pizza in the freezer and Casey’s is just down the street if I feel the need to host an impromptu party.
I think it’s time for an intervention, so I’ve added ‘Pantry Re-Do’ to my list of things to-do next weekend and will provide a full pictoral update.
I know I’m not the only one out there (MOM! I believe you’re the one that taught me this skill), who else suffers with this same addiction?