Thank heavens for friends.
Himself and I are away. Yes, away! After some super-saver scrounging we got ourselves a few days alone. There is a hotel room on the coast with a fireplace with our names on it. (Not really. Cause that would suggest we are rich, famous, and/or weirdly possessive people.)
And since I had an under-the-weather kidlet to deal with, there was no stockpiling of posts. Thankfully a couple wonderful friends came to my rescue.
So I am proud and honored to present the first ever guest post on In Pursuit of Martha Points, my wonderful, dear friend Nichole, from In These Small Moments.
So, during the Great Internet Outage of 2010, after I cleaned the house, went to Target eight and a half times, read an entire cookbook, gave myself a pedicure, and watched some paint dry, I ran out of things to do.
So, asked myself how many Martha Points I would earn if I tackled our long-neglected pantry.
It was in complete disarray, so I was sure that I would earn at least enough to get me out of the red.
This was going to be great! Martha Points would surely fall from the sky!
Here’s the before shot:
What a disorganized, unruly mess. I couldn’t take anything out without three other things falling to the floor. Who lives like this? Geesh.
So, I spent an over an hour tackling it.
I took most everything off the shelves and moved everything to my kitchen counters, arranging by type of food, how often I use each item, etc.
I was on fire, fueled by visions of a tidy, well-organized, and super-efficient pantry.
I threw away no fewer than four boxes of expired crackers. Why, oh why do I buy hors d’oeuvre crackers? Who do I think I am? At my house, you get chips and salsa. If we really like you, we make guacamole.
I threw away two bags of expired flax seeds. Yes, I make my family eat flax seeds. But seriously, did I think they would no longer be available? Why did I have three bags of flax seeds? Why?
I tossed two stale boxes of cereal with no more than a quarter of a serving in each. Again, why?
I put the remaining items back, ever so carefully lining up the boxes, dreaming up easily-prepared, nutritious, and delicious meals as I went along.
I believe I may have been whistling while I worked and had a spring in my step. (Bonus points for a great attitude?)
Once I was done and I stood back to survey my work, this is what I had before me:
Nope, not that different, are they?
So, if I get positive points for tackling it in the first place, but negative points for the end result only being marginally better than it was originally, where does that leave me?
I need numbers, people.
So what do you think everyone? How many points for Nichole’s efforts? Does she get points for the organizing if you can’t tell that any actual organizing happened? Today, you get to decide.
And then, make sure you go over to her blog and read some of her amazing posts. I love “How to Break Up With Your Hairstylist in 10 Easy Steps,” despite the fact that I am more likely to actually LOSE a hairdresser than pursposefully leave them. But the ethereal, “Because It Was Grassy and Wanted Wear“ will take your breath away.