I want to ask your opinion about something. I want to know if you are a practical, do-what-works-best kind of homemaker or if you are a look-good-first-and-foremost kind of homemaker.
Here's why I'm asking. I've noticed lately that pantry, linen closet, and bookshelf makeovers in the blogosphere almost always involve taking products out of their containers and putting them into pretty jars and baskets and bins. It's almost as if there were an unwritten rule that an attractive pantry or storage cupboard cannot include original packaging.
And there's something else. When I read some blog posts, I feel as if I don't quite measure up because I don't have vintage locker baskets or antique crates or apothecary jars for my closet shelves. As if there were storage police who might show up and issue me a citation for my practical-not-pretty ways.
But you know what? I know this may sound rebellious, but I want to make a statement.
I like to store things in the original packaging.
a photo from my real-life organized pantry
Yes, I know--shocking, isn't it? But I really like food to stay in its packaging, which is complete with the nutrition facts and expiration dates right on the label. I like paper goods to stay in the protective packages, just like at the store. I even--gasp!--like to keep DVD's in their original packages. Then I put them on shelves, just like books at a library.
Now, I will admit that some packaging is large and cumbersome and should be tossed. But for me, most of it is useful. I even like the way things look in their colorful packages.
Now, I want to know. . . is it just me? What about you?