Resolve Rather Than Revolve

Resolve Rather than Revolve

I went on a mild rampage one day because someone said the W word – Where.

The rest goes “Where is the crushed red pepper?” I knew it was there somewhere. However, those words set me on the path of clearing out the cupboard with the spices and seasonings.

I asked my husband, who used the W word,  to pick out the spices that he uses the most and set them on the counter. Then I asked him to pick out the ones he hardly uses and set them on the table. I went through the rest of the contents of that cupboard and recategorized by the frequency of usage. Therefore, the most often used seasonings got prime real estate in the kitchen.

Feeling rather proud of this inquiry method, I dug deeper and learned a few things about my patterns.

Whenever I am not ready to toss something because I think we will make that recipe of jambalaya sometime again, I store it in the pantry which is in the hall close to the kitchen.

When I cannot find space in the pantry, I move an item that is not used much to the basement storage area. The result of that is I can put that first “unhomed” item in the pantry.

The clouds parted and I saw something about my method. I was revolving stuff from one place to another.

One definition of revolve is to move in an orbit. That describes my default method of sorting for clearing out an area that has become jumbled.

I sort and then move the items which are not used as often to another location. I tell myself this is archiving. In reality, it is orbiting. What happens is the house becomes one huge Lazy Susan. In my pursuit to clear, I will consolidate and reduce some things. However, I am not getting down to the underlying pattern that created the jumble.

What am I going to do differently? I am going to resolve. I found 3 definitions of resolve in the online dictionary. Each of these meanings applies to my “revolving” pattern but ‘b’ is the best one.

a :  to deal with successfully :  clear up

b :  to find an answer to

c :  to make clear or understandable

d :  to find a mathematical solution of

To find an answer to how many back up spaces are enough. I will choose wisely as to whether I really need to keep all the items. The revolving was getting in the way of accessing what we actually use. I can see now there are more items in need of resolving rather revolving. Stay tuned.

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2 Responses to Resolve Rather Than Revolve

  1. M P Zabinski says:

    Other questions I would need answered in order to know what to store and what to throw. How long do spices last? If they just lose potency, can’t I just use more? Should I store seldom used spices in fridge or freezer, in what kind of container?
    The main thing I decided after reading this was: If I have a duplicate of a spice that I don’t use often, throw out the older duplicate. That might seem obvious to people who aren’t organizationally challenged, but it’s something I need to remind myself. And, resolve, don’t revolve. Take the time to find a place or release it.

    • Jane Scheidnes says:

      I used to be concerned about keeping spices no matter what. Then I realized that I am not really gaining anything by keeping them ad infinitum. Yes, I could use more to make up for the lack of flavor but how much more? Do I double the amount? One year, which was at least 10+ years ago, I decided that Thanksgiving time would be a great time to refresh the spice supplies. The guideline was if I had it since we got married (now 15 years or so later), then I tossed it but kept the container. (Of course, I could repurpose it for some future spice scheme.) Buying some new spices in the smaller plastic containers was a thrill. As time moves on and Penzey’s came into my field of vision, I can see that I am a beginner in the appreciation of what spices can bring to a dish. Far from being a spice snob, I realized I can let go of spices and then buy bulk in smaller amounts. I am behind myself with clearing out the old spices. Here is a link from Still Tasty that is helpful.

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