Shopping my pantry

I’ve written previously about ‘shopping my wardrobe’ before buying anything new. It helps me to:

  • Stop wasting money
  • Not make unnecessary purchases
  • Find new and creative ways to wear existing pieces
  • Be more appreciative of what I already own


So, I decided to apply this principle to food shopping!

It was becoming all too easy at the end of the week to think that a complete food shop is required, rather than looking at what I have already. I’ve started to shop my pantry!

Pantry 2The biggest obstacle was having fixed ideas in my head about what breakfast/ lunch/ dinner should comprise.   Flexibility is key with mixing and matching food – a bit like clothes, then!

Once I had let go of the rigidity of thinking what I was supposed to eat … the possibilities were endless.

I don’t need to tell you that there are so many ways of using up leftover bits and pieces – soups, stews, frittatas, salads, stir-fries, casseroles …… they’re all brilliant for vegetables especially. Meals like these often figure in the Minimal-Lol household when we’re preparing to go on holiday and I want to clear out the fridge.

Mr. M-L has been known to mutter darkly about feeling like a human dustbin at these times. I ignore these mutterings (!) and continue to be creative with my leftovers.

When I started my minimalism journey, I thought it was all about the clothes. It has been fabulous for my wardrobe, but it applies to so many aspects of my life now. I find I can’t really be minimalist is one respect but not so much in another. It’s becoming a lifestyle, not a way of sorting my clothes.

Anyone else identify with this? Have a great week 😊

  12 comments for “Shopping my pantry

  1. October 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    With cooking being my passion, this is exactly what we do week after week. We don’t even have a pantry. We store food dispersed in the cabinets we it from and never have more than 1 spare if that. We use a food delivery service that can be at the house within 2 hours. Less food storage definitely means healthy eating and little waste. Great post!

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    • October 21, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Laurel! Sounds as though you have food storage and shopping completely sorted – I’m not surprised at all!!! Enjoy the rest of your day, Lxxx

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      • October 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        It happened out of a need for speed at dinner time years ago. So I cook and prep on Sundays for the week.

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        • October 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

          So organised, Laurel – I expect nothing less from you!! Lxx


  2. October 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This made me laugh because my husband mutters too!😀 In his world, leftovers are a dirty word. Therefore, minimalism is the only way to go when feeding two people. My food shopping cost has dropped dramatically and when I “remind” my husband that I only spent twenty dollars for the shopping trip….he smiles. Hardly no “leftovers” and a budget pleaser. Win, win for both of us!😀

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    • October 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Erin, I love that philosophy! And it sounds as though our other halves have a lot in common! I’d much rather use something I have already than buy something else. Wow, you are doing so well with twenty dollars a shopping trip – I have a while to go yet! But I do like the sound of the ‘win win’! Have a great day, Lxx

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  3. October 21, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Inspiring photos of your food cupboards! I have the exact same layout and space, and I have been trying to pare back what I store there. Thank you for sharing these – I was wondering if I was going too far, but I can see clearly it is more helpful for meal planning and saving money, yay!

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    • October 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Faye, thank you so much for reading and commenting! This has enabled me to find your lovely blog and I’ve just signed up for your newsletter – your blog sounds exactly like my taste – can’t wait to browse through it 🙂 Yes, sometimes I feel the cupboards are a little bare (!) but, as you say, it’s great for visibility. I used to be terrible at buying something in the supermarket, when I already had multiples of it at home – I just couldn’t see it! Enjoy the rest of your day, Lxx

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      • October 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm

        Thank you for joining! Food and the garage are my two weakspots so I love to find inspiration like yours to help me. It’s definitely a process isn’t it? Not an overnight job (for me at least).

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        • October 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

          Oh absolutely, the tagline on my blog is ‘journey towards simplicity’ for a reason! certainly not an overnight job, more of an evolutionary process 😉 xx

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  4. October 21, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I’m not a fan of the “big, weekly shop” otherwise I feel stuff gets lost at the back of the fridge and I really dislike wasting food in that way. I much prefer a few smaller shops during the week, just getting specifically what we need and want. I hadn’t thought of that as minimalist! Like you, I like being creative with leftovers. I get a ridiculous amount of pleasure from using up the last carrot, the end of the cabbage or the remainder of a tin of something. Thank you for making me reflect on my food shopping habits, Lol.

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    • October 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Hi Julie, I’ve tried both ways – the ‘big weekly shop’ and the more frequent, smaller shops and I must say, I’m with you on this. It’s easier to be more targeted when you shop smaller rather than flinging everything into a trolley because you don’t know what you’re doing over the coming week. And, oh yes, the satisfaction of taking a sad little carrot or shreds of cabbage and having them transformed into a tasty soup!! Lxxx

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