Out With The Old and In With The Lysol

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We decided to channel our inner Mary Poppins over the weekend and clean the kitchen. After trying to “snap” the expired food into the trashcan for probably far too long, I told Darrin that I suppose we could clean the room his way (thanks for nothing, Julie Andrews). He opened up every cupboard shelf and said, “I’m thinking we start from the top and move our way down,” and then began emptying each shelf onto the kitchen table. Who would have guessed that this husband of mine, with his strange affinity for hiding dirty socks underneath the couch, could transform into energized cleaning machine? One even crazier than his already crazy wife?!

Checking the expiration dates on our expired boxes and mixes and bags was a bit like visiting a historical museum. We found the dried fruit we had bought the first week we moved into our apartment. A bag of milk chocolate chips speckled with mold and dated June 2013. A container of juice powder that was apparently made in 2007 (WHAT). Ohhh the memories.

Practically everything that we had hiding on our kitchen shelves had expired. A loooong time ago. Apparently “we’ll make this later” can turn into “expired two years ago?!” REAL quickly. We disposed of the moldy food and Lysol-wiped the fridge and cupboards.

Two thumbs up for a freshly cleaned kitchen! Two thumbs down for anticipating an expensive grocery bill.

So what do you do when your kitchen shelves are bare and your apartment smells like cleaning supplies? You put on a breezy summer top and head to the lake. Because we’re Minnesotans, don’t cha know. A little lake paired with a little sunshine is good for the soul.




  • Reply Morgan Apfel June 3, 2015 at 6:31 am

    LOL! I haven’t done this particularly, but I cleaned out my Moms cupboards a while back and same thing. I was like, “MOM this can of soup is from when I was in high school!!!!!”

  • Reply By The Shore, Life & Style June 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Oh man, so need to do the same. My fridge needs a proper scrub down, ASAP! And you look darling, love this shorts & pretty blouse combo! xo

  • Reply Haley June 3, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Can you pretty please send your man over to my house to work on my kitchen too?? It should only take a few hours..it’s small… 🙂

    Haley @ http://www.beautyinthischaos.com

  • Reply Mary June 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I love this simple but very cute look! Would be perfect to pack for any summer travel!




  • Reply Cee June 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Oh gosh, a kitchen cleanout like that is never fun – my husband is a chef so we try to really keep up with it, but we also wind up buying things that we’re going to make right away… only to never make them at all because he’s busy cooking at work. Oops! Ah well, that’s life I suppose. At least you have a clean kitchen now and got some lake time in. I absolutely love your top.

  • Reply Hayley Larue June 4, 2015 at 4:38 am

    You have the prettiest smile ever!! <3


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