Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Ecclesiastes 3:3 “…there
is a time to break down, and a time to build up.”
I have a little problem I call pantry syndrome. The symptoms
are excessive purchasing and storing of items to the point that my pantry is unmanageable.
In the 45 years I’ve been keeping house I can only remember one home where I
conquered that problem. Until now.
This past week my husband redesigned my pantry for me. For 10
years I’ve been working with the 24-inch wire shelving that the builder placed
in the panty. Everything was double or tripled stacked, and to reach one thing
I had to move four or more items. Boxes and cans got buried in the depths of
the closet. Reaching anything on the topmost shelf required a multitude of ups
and downs on the stepstool to empty the shelf and locate what I was searching
for. Everything was a mess!
soon as my husband drove the last nail in the new pantry and the paint had
dried, I reloaded the shelves, checking the expiration dates of every item. I trashed
expired items, tossed foods we no longer eat due to dietary changes, and sorted
everything by food types. All the beans on one shelf, the other veggies on
another. Soups have their own corner. Plastic wraps and baggies, foil and wax
paper are neatly stacked so they won’t fall over if you remove a box. My
massive tea collection is now lined up on the side shelves, one box deep, so I
can readily see what I have. I discarded two trash bags of food and not once
did I worry about some starving child in Africa. After
the purging and redesign, I can see every item in the pantry. No more digging
to find what I have, and hopefully, no more wasteful spending because I can’t
see what I have, so I buy another one.
Even though it took me four hours to restock the pantry, and
my feet hurt from standing that long, the organization feels good. I open the
door every time I pass and peek in at the magnificent display
A good redesign is helpful, whether it’s your kitchen
pantry, your office clutter, or your bad habits. As humans, who are not
perfect, we have to toss out the old and reset things in our lives all the time.
Thankfully, God knew that about us when he created us and offers us forgiveness
when we let things go to the point that our lives are a mess, like my pantry
I know the pantry will not remain perfect. I’ll buy things I
don’t need. Add groceries to the shopping list without checking the shelves. Get
lax about where I place items. But for now, it’s one-hundred percent better
than it was before. And I plan to rejoice in that.
What about you? Are you rejoicing in some part of your life
you’ve had to redesign?
Catherine Castle is a multi award-winning author. Her inspirational
romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc,
published by Soul Mate Publishing is available from Amazon and Barnes and