Organize Your Beverage Cupboard
Day 4: Coffee, Tea, Juice, and More
Now that you’ve had a day to relax and reflect after cleaning your Spice Cupboard, let’s move onto the next one. Today’s project is designed be another bite-sized one for you to handle. After all, how can you be expected to do this Pantry Challenge for Beginners if you don’t have enough coffee at hand? Or perhaps your favorite relaxing beverage is tea, pop, or something else. Don’t forget your children and their selection of juice crystals, juice boxes, or tetra almond milk.
So, let’s get started.
Prepare Your Working Area
Similar to cleaning out your Spice Cupboard, there are some basic cupboard cleaning techniques that you will be repeating for each cupboard. So, once again, the basic steps are:
- download and print the Beverages Inventory sheet. Make sure to have a pen available too.
- Clear off a spot on the counter to place items as you remove them from the cupboard
- Fill a bowl with hot soapy water. Make sure you have a wash cloth and tea towel too.
Let’s Get Started
Well, as you can see from my own Beverage Cupboard, this is an organizing job that is long overdue. You should do this Beverage Cupboard early on into the Pantry Challenge because it is a cupboard that you probably use several times a day. It just makes sense for you to have it cleaned and organized so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.
As you can see in my own Beverage Cupboard there are also some items that should be in another Pantry Cupboard area–the Peanut Butter for one. So, as you are probably going to find the same situation in your own cupboard, you can download the Pantry Cupboard Inventory sheet here.
You should pull everything out and put in on the counter top that you cleared off. By doing so you will find it quick and easy to wipe down all the shelves. Don’t forget to wash the inside and outside surfaces of the cupboard doors too. I even use a toothbrush to really scrub around the door handles. I keep a firm toothbrush in my kitchen just for tiny cleaning jobs such as that.
Organizing and Downsizing
Before you start putting the items back into your now clean Beverage Cupboard, you need to do a few things:
- write down on your Beverages Inventory list each item that you will be keeping
- wipe each bottle or jar down as needed with the damp wet cloth and dry with a tea towel. Clean as you go
- as you reassemble the Beverage Cupboard, place the items you use less often at the back. This way the items used the most will be at the front where you can grab them quick and easy. Remember this Pantry Challenge for Beginners is going to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE
- you may decide that some items shouldn’t even be in that cupboard. Write them down on the appropriate list, Spice Cupboard Inventory, Beverages Inventory, or Pantry Inventory lists. If it is a spice bottle that some how “squirreled” its way in there, take a moment right now and put it in the Spice Cupboard you cleaned the other day. An item that should be in another Pantry Cupboard, just set aside for now. You’ll be getting to those cupboards in the next few days. One bite-sized step at a time. But for now, if it doesn’t belong in that Beverage Cupboard, don’t put it back in there
- any bottles or canisters that can be condensed or combined?
- Throw out the stale, expired, or just plain yucky items you find
- when everything is put back in the Beverage Cupboard that belongs there, remember, to close the cupboard door
The Recycle, Garbage And Other Things Removed
This is my pile of items that I removed from my Beverage Cupboard.
How much were you able to downsize?
Between the compiling into smaller containers or expired and yucky items, I was able to free up a lot of shelf space.
In the Spice Cupboard a few days ago I was able to decide to downsize some of my muffin tins. I then donated them to our giveaway portion of Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs. Well, up in the top of this cupboard I found these 2 beauties of Corning Ware dishes.
As we are really low in pots and pans for our humanitarian aid items, I donated those too. There are now in a box along with other items on a young couple’s list of items. We’ll be delivering those to them in the next town before this coming weekend as they don’t even have a vehicle.
Donate What You Don’t Need
Yes, if you find things as you do this challenge that you have:
- never used
- probably will never use
- won’t use again
then perhaps the time is now to donate them. Donate them to a local organization in your region where they can be re-purposed to assist someone else in need.
For instance if you have 10 can openers, don’t just keep 1 or 2 and throw the others out. Find a way to repurpose them. Because there is a 100% certainty that someone in your community is needing and looking for that very same item. In the case of can openers, consider donating them to a local Food Bank. Countless times, we run into regular Food Bank users, who receive primarily canned food items, and they don’t even own a can opener so they can eat those items. Just because you have plenty of one item doesn’t mean you neighbor does.
So, think, what worthy organization in your region can re-purpose your unwanted items?
Grab A Cup Of Coffee, Relax, And Reflect
Just before you close your Beverage Cupboard door closed, maybe you’d like to grab what you need to enjoy your favorite cup of coffee and tea. After all, you have earned the break, so why not enjoy it with some of the fruits of your labor.
Take one more look at how well the cupboard looks now, and close the door. That project is now complete.
Let’s reflect. What did you learn from today?
- I discovered that the Spice Squirrel had things hidden in the Beverage Cupboard that are now where they belong—in the Spice Cupboard
- the Peanut Butter is still there as it is an item I grab quite often, so keeping it handy to grab quick and easy appeals to me
- it took me all day, because of our busy day of helping people in need, answering the phone, making appointments, checking messages on the internet, and my husband wanting me to go uptown with him. These are other reasons why I’ve broken down this Pantry Challenge for Beginners into bite-sized pieces. Your schedule is probably as crazy as mine for different reasons
But my biggest surprise of the day was the tea, the tea, the tea. I found herbal teas, peppermint teas, orange pekoe teas, bagged teas, loose tea, and so many more. I think Barry and I are going to have to start a new tradition. We are going to have to start drinking some tea, especially the non-caffeine herbals, to relax before bedtime.
What was your surprise discovery of the day? Share in the comments section here below, we’d love to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with you and chat! And don’t forget you can join our Facebook group too.
Tomorrow, we start tackling the bulk of your Pantry items.