Minimalism and food storage

2017-11-05 Sunflowers

*See update at bottom of post – a fellow blogger with a similar outlook posted today!!

My lovely friend came to visit a couple of weeks ago. She stepped in, her arms full of beautiful sunflowers. She went into the kitchen and looked through a couple of cupboards for a vase.

She spun around to me.

‘But where’s all your food?’ she asked.

I nodded to the cupboard she had opened. ‘In there – and the fridge, of course’.

‘But – that’s all? Where’s the rest of it?’

2017-11-05 Cupboard 1

Until then, I hadn’t realized the extent that minimalism had been having on my food shopping habits. I used to be great for storing items, bulk-buying in times of special offers, thinking I was being clever with my money. If a supermarket put the word ‘value’ on a sign, I was there.

But it turned out to be such a false economy. To a certain extent, it was useful to buy some items in bulk – I mean, paper towels aren’t going to go past a sell-by date. But I don’t like buying paper towels any more, I prefer to use and re-use cloths. I realized this when I looked at a tower of about ten packets of paper towels that I still had to use up!

And I was mortified to throw out so much food at the end of the week. Thinking I was being clever and resourceful with my money, but in reality, just wasting it and wasting food. Awful! However, foods that didn’t have a short lifespan, like chocolate, biscuits, cakes seemed to disappear more quickly than the ‘buy one, get one free’ bags of spinach!

This one has been a struggle, but I’m much better at walking by apparently ‘good value deals’ these days, knowing that they’re not really. I don’t want to be the person who gets taken in by the clever marketing and then:  throws – out – food.

Nowadays, I meal-plan every week. Far less goes to waste and I don’t need to stockpile. Guess what I realized? Apparently, shops are open every day of the week. Who knew? I was acting as though the snows were coming and I wouldn’t get out for another four months.

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So, I don’t have much in my cupboards but I use what I have. I decant food into jars and label them. Oh, I’m not a Myers-Briggs ‘J’ for nothing! But that way, I like the clean look of the food cupboard and it’s easy to spot what’s there.

Has minimalism affected you in unexpected ways? I’d love to hear. Have a great week 😊

*Breaking news ….. What a coincidence!  The lovely Laurel at Little Black Domicile wrote a post today called ‘How spending more may jumpstart the road to minimalism’.  She showcases some amazing photos of how we’d all like our food storage to be, with beautifully laid out walk-in pantries – and then shows how it can often end up!  But she has some fabulous ideas to turn this around!  Check out her blog and follow her.  She cleverly takes the concept of the incredibly useful little black dress and applies it to the home, with some fantastic interior design ideas.

  7 comments for “Minimalism and food storage

  1. January 22, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Good read thanks. Actually 1 of my 2018 goals is to waste less food, so I found your minimalist way around that an intriguing concept… 💭💭💭😊

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    • January 22, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Hi Helen, thanks so much for reading and commenting! Glad you found the post of interest – good luck with your 2018 goals! Lxx

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  2. November 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Oh my pet, I’m so sorry to hear that. It sounds very stressful indeed. I’m glad you’re in a better place now. I hope you and your lovely pup find happiness and contentment in your new home, Lxxxxx


  3. onyx-natasha
    November 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Oh sunflowers, my next favourite flower to frangepenis! I enjoyed reading your post LOL. The labels are a nice finishing touch on the glass jars. Your friend reminds me of a friend of mine who walked into one of the places I was renting and said “ it’s like you’ve been robbed!” She was wondering why I owned very little. Looking forward to your next post! Xx


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    • November 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Dearest Onyx-Natasha, how lovely to hear from you! I hope all is well 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment! Loved the observation ‘It’s like you’ve been robbed’ – how funny is that!!! Glad you liked the sunflowers – aren’t they beautiful?! Take care, my lovely xxx

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      • onyx-natasha
        November 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        Dear LOL, you are most welcome for the comment, your blogs are always so well put together and inspiring. Yes, it was rather hilarious that my friend said this, it was true at the time; there was very little decoration on the walls and furniture was scarce, it still is! My little dog and I moved back to the suburbs two months ago, unfortunately the neighbours at our previous ‘new’ place were unbearable. We tried to accept the situation, even let it go, in the end we had to change the situation by leaving.
        🌻 Sunflowers are always a joy to have in the home, they most definitely make a home homely while still being in touch with nature. You take care also LOL. I’ll see if If WordPress allows private messaging, so I can be more specific about the previous neighbourhood and why it really wasn’t right for my pup and myself 😊.
        Blessings to you on this glorious day LOL & look forward to your next post!

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