Cleaning out cupboards.

The thing with living in shared accommodation is that there are certain things you cannot change. Or there are certain things that would have needed attention a long time ago, and even though everybody agrees it needs doing, a ‘somebody’ is rearely chosen to actually deal with it. So things pile up. Literarily. This was our larder last week:

The top shelf is mine. Those baskets have large holes in them, so the trick is to stack smaller things on top of larger things. It was crazy. Also, there are 5 people living in this house – how many shelves/baskets do you see? Enough for 4 people. Very strange. So I asked my housemates if it was ok if I took a basket out and put a shelf in instead, and at the same time, did they want to swap their baskets for shelves as well? The answer was yes, and luckily I found 4 shelves of the right size after a clear-out of the stockroom at work! So this cost me about an hour in time, but no money at all.

After emptying out the bottom shelf, I was dealing with this:

A quick wipe/scrub down later:

See, it’s not that it’s difficult, but it’s tedious. And boring. But so satisfying! you can see on this picture that the kitchen really is knackered, and I’m working on a design proposal for my landlord to replace it. I’ll share details of that as and when it happens. The rest of the larder looked the same:

Fast forward and hour or so, everything had been scrubbed and wiped down, and the new shelves were in place! When I emptied the larder, to make sure I wasn’t getting people’s stuff mixed up, I emptied the contents of each shelf into a plastic tub (I used these for my move – they’re great, and obviously really versatile!) which I then just slid back onto the correct shelf. I felt that organising my housemates’ food storage would have been crossing the line! But it looks so much better, no? 🙂

My shelf is the one that is unpacked and the empty one above means Dan is now also invited to use the larder. So far, there’s a very lonely red onion on his shelf, but I’m sure he’ll catch up with the rest of us soon enough…