Tackle The Pantry – Day 15

Congratulations, you are well past the half way mark in this series!  Well done!  Are you loving your kitchen’s new lean look?  Yes, me too!

20 HomesteadingToday we focus on the pantry where you store food.  For folks who live in tiny houses, this isn’t a big deal – the collection is very small.  But if you asked me to do this 10 years ago when I lived in the big house on the golf course – cleaning out my pantry would have taken more than a day because my pantry was huge.  No matter where you are or how much stuff is in your food collection, taking the time to clean it out is an excellent idea and a very rewarding task.  Let’s tackle it together.

Remember to donate and recycle.  Plus, everything you put in the donate box today is fair game to be used this weekend.  But if you don’t use these foods this weekend then away they go.  There is no point in laboring the point.  Donate, and in some cases you may choose to compost the contents and recycle the container.  A clean organized pantry awaits.  You can do it, I know you can.

I’m Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, reminding you that we can #LiveTiny #EmbraceSimplicity and still #EatWell.  Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!29c45-1a2bcarmen

Taming Trash – Day 5

One thing we quickly learned living in our tiny house of 125 square feet was that TRASH is a BIG deal!  Even a little bit of trash can feel like a lot in a tiny space.  I picked up a book on Zero Waste living (Zero Waste Home) that helped me find strategies to A) keep trashing from entering our home to begin with and B) manage trash more efficiently once it did.

Zero Waste living is based on the usual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” ideas, but also adds “Rot” (compost) and “Refuse” to the list… meaning that we shop in a way that brings less trash in the house and refuse freebies, etc.  Using cloth bags instead of allowing more plastic shopping bags in the house is another example.  Avoiding products that are packaged in plastic, especially single use plastics, and instead choosing recycle-able packaging.  Glass is the best way to store food, so we collected canning jars instead of plastic storage containers.

What are ways you deal with trash effectively?29c45-1a2bcarmen