Resourcefulness Can Be Wasteful. Really.

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If I had to blame someone, I’d blame my mother.

But I’m not blaming her, because I truly have no idea if she did this or if I did it myself.

When I decluttered my  pantry, I noticed this oh-so-resourceful use of a green bean box.

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(I did not, however, notice the grimy cabinet . . . )

The size was right, so it probably WAS a good idea to use that box to sort and separate and organize.


Except I have one of those out-of-sight-out-of-any-possibility-of-consciousness kinds of minds.

Looking inside that totally opaque box was an adventure. I had absolutely zero idea what might be in there.


Beans in a blue and white package design that Walmart discontinued quite a while ago, I believe. (Beans I forgot to photograph, evidently.)

They’re beans, so they’re probably fine. I moved them to a place where I’m 78.4% more likely to notice they exist. So on the 3.82% chance I decide to make beans (from DRY beans) on a random day, I’ll notice them.


The other thing in the green bean box with dry bean contents?

Resourcefulness Can Be Wasteful. Really. cleaning decluttering my pantry at leftover cake mix

A partially used chocolate cake mix.

Or brownie mix.

How would I know?

The only possible reason I can think of for this partially used and instructionless mix being in my pantry is that my daughter used cake mix (or Brownie mix) for her Easy Bake oven a while back.

Fine. Several summers back.

I let go of that dream and threw away the mix I didn’t know existed.

Using that handy dandy box was resourceful. But in this case, that resourcefulness ended up making me waste perfectly good stuff.

What have you uncovered in your decluttering efforts lately?

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(That’s the bag o’ beans in sticking out of the box. Remember that design?)

--Nony get-how-to-manage-your-home-without-losing-your-mind-wherever-books-are-sold


  1. 1

    This made me laugh! We must learn to stop ourselves!

  2. 2

    I’ve found that if I leave the beans in the cupboard until I want to use them, they stay forever. I’d plan chili for dinner next week and be rid of the beans. It’s chili weather anyway, and you won’t want that this summer (the next time I’d remember the beans are there).

  3. 3

    This came at just the right time for me, thank you! I’ve been starting on tackling my glory hole, I mean, pantry, and was going to be so clever and use boxes I’ve been saving. I thought, “Hey, I can make them pretty by covering them in fabric, then the pantry shelves will be pretty, how cool is that?!”
    What a rabbit hole…..
    thank you again for your good sense.

  4. 6

    I’ve totally done things like this! I went through my spices and baking ingredients this week.

  5. 8

    I threw my beans out and bought a tin of pre-cooked instead. Fantasy me would soak those beans but real me never does.

  6. 10

    throw out those damn beans!! You have moved them in an earlier post- face it, you’re not gonna eat them beans- and that’s ok.

  7. 11

    Ugh – a micro-plane grater for whole nutmeg and Parmesan cheese. Proud of myself for remembering I wanted one while at Walmart, I found it at a reasonable price and put it in the utensil drawer by the stove – the logical-to-my-brain place where I’d look first. A few months later, I’m decluttering (trying to find something that should have been there) the pantry and discover a still-in-the-package micro-plane grater. I have no memory of acquiring it, no idea how long it’s been there, and so I donated one of them. The last time I bought nutmeg, I completely forgot I had this device, wanted to buy a whole nut for grating (it’s supposed to taste way better), and bought the powdered stuff as usual. This, in a nut shell (pun intended), is a Slob Brain.

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