A Tidy Pantry

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For all of the benefits open concept homes offer, the one drawback is having so few doors to close. When guests are due to arrive and I need to make the place look neat, there are very few places I can chuck things in a hurry. That, combined with a general out-of-sight-out-of-mindedness, is the very reason I laid claim to this pantry of shame (pictured below in all of its unedited glory). 

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The problem with this unkempt mess is that I've found it difficult to keep a private matter, what with guests requiring sundries upon their visits. I developed techniques to distract from the scene, waiting until my friends are occupied with petting my cats or playing with my baby, and other times I slip in like it's some sort of cavernous space that swallows me whole ("I'm just finding the tea selection, be out in a jif!"), but if they caught a peek as the door was ajar, I'd simply spill the secret. It was, as is mentioned already to you, reader, my pantry of shame. 

Anywho. I decided to tidy. And I thought, in the event that you have a space behind whose door you've been housing your clutter, perhaps you'd appreciate my taking a step for us both. 

 

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The first step was to empty everything and sort it. There was a surprising amount of stale crackers and failed Home Sense purchases, so I had to dump and recycle a lot. I also had items that were perfectly good but I knew I wouldn't use; those, I set aside for the Food Bank. I rehomed my dish towels to a drawer beside the stove and choose a few recipe books to keep handy, putting others into my charity pile and more sentimental ones away elsewhere. 

 

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If bottles needed a little wipe, I took a moment to do that. Who knows when I'll next pull out that litre of coconut liquor? 

 

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It was very satisfying seeing the empty shelves.

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I washed each one, swept the floor, and replaced the contents, trying to be mindful of the note commonly used items. I brought in a wine rack my brother-in-law, Brian made for me to be a home to wine and screw-top alcohols, put the broom in the garage entrance closet, made sense of my party supplies, and consolidated my bag collections. The final product?

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Pretty tidy. Shame, be gone. 

Xo Maygen

Finding Beauty In Everything.

As time passes I really start to appreciate pictures and how they make memories last.  They are a great tool for my work, to show off the new trends at the store.  But they are so much more than that.  A picture can spark a memory or take you back in time to a moment you forgot about.

Friendship

Friendship

Behind the scenes, selfie.

Behind the scenes, selfie.

When I met Tammy 15 years ago I was so excited to find someone passionate about life, I had just started my store and needed some pictures for an ad campaign to show our new clothing lines. Tammy immediately understood the style and reason we were in love with the new dresses and tops from Paris and rounded up some friends to do a photo shoot.  She has a way of capturing that sparkle in everyone, showing their inner beauty and the feeling of the moment.

 

Good Morning! 

Good Morning! 

That first photo shoot has turned into a friendship, and many years of baby and family pictures as well as so many fun photo shoots for my businesses Tonic and Farminista.

Dress up!

Dress up!

It's a little silly, but sooo much fun!

It's a little silly, but sooo much fun!

Family time, making some serious memories.

Family time, making some serious memories.

 I am so thankful for her and for so many creative people that give so much of themselves everyday and share their gifts with others.  Putting yourself out for people to see and judge is the reason so many people gaurd their talents and keep them to themselves, don't do that. Do what you love, take some risks and be like Tammy😄