USA Today’s snapshot was this: What is your ‘pantry personality?’
It had percentages for people who were neat, disorganized, a minimalist or a doomsday prepper. Just like my husband and I have an interfaith marriage, we have a mixed pantry.
I’m in the nice-and-neat percentage, and he’s in the doomsday prepper. It’s hard to keep things organized when you live with a prepper. So, basically all I do is organize the masses of stuff he buys.
Recently I was kind of happy when pantry supplies started to run low as I could see the shelves. My husband saw empty space, panicked and ran to fill it. Rice-a-Roni was on sale so he bought 12 boxes. For us, that’s a year’s supply. Pasta was on sale, and even though we didn’t need it, he bought it because “It never goes bad.” So, he brings the sh…, I mean supplies home, and I organize.
I do try to have some semblance of order in the pantry with tall stuff in back and short stuff up front. Although I’m not a fanatic, I do not alphabetize my spices. I organize the shelves I can reach.
I can’t reach the top shelves. I want to know the person who designed ceiling-high cabinets, unreachable to the short person, and thought they were a good idea. A short person should be able to reach the top shelf in their own house. They should not have to get a ladder, chair or department store-style pole to retrieve what they want. We have cabinets above our refrigerator and I have no idea what’s in them. My husband could be hiding money, knives, a small mistress, or, my guess, Rice-a-Roni.
If grocery stores strategically stock sugary cereals for kids at eye level, why can’t homebuilders place cabinets at eye level? Because then and only then will I know how many boxes of Rice-a Roni my husband has stored away.
Cindy Argiento is a freelance humor columnist and a public speaker for her book Deal With Life’s Stress With ‘A Little Humor.’ Her website is: www. cindyargiento.com