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Celebrate National Food Day

Everyday of the year, there’s probably a celebration of some event. Some of these events are worthwhile because they remind us to find a cause and get involved in your own special way to improve ourselves or help our neighbors all around the world. Today is National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy,  affordable, and sustainable food.

Here’s the link to Food Day 2012 :

http://www.foodday.org/about.

Whether or not we join the movement, we are into the season of celebrating food, as we will be eating our way through the upcoming holidays. We must remember those around the world who have less or nothing to eat.  For that reason, we shouldn’t waste our food and develop food safety precautions to keep what we have.

There will be lots of food being cooked. eaten and leftover in our homes during the holidays. Check out iVillage for some food expiration tips.

http://www.ivillage.com/food-expiration-dates/3-k-56888.

You should also go back and read my first blog, “The Animal House Series, Article 1 – What’s Hogging Your Closet?” for other links to food products expiration.

I’m going to celebrate this day because I’m fortunate enough to have food today!

The Animal House Series, Article 1 – What’s Hogging Your Closet?

 Article 1 in a Series of 3

(Are those…   canned goods…  in your closet?!!!)

    After leaving my job in Washington, DC, I returned home to stay with my Mom until I could find a place to live in Nashville, TN. With time on my hand, I did the thing that was most natural for me. I found tasks to keep me busy and to “earn my keep” while my Mom was at work. Although semi-retired, she still runs her own housecleaning business.

I opened my Mom’s clothing closet, and not to my surprise, I found stockpiled can goods and staples. I wasn’t surprised because my Mom is from the Depression era and she always stockpiled food during my childhood.

After sorting the food items, I put quite a few rusted, expired cans and a couple of old bags of rice and macaroni in a  box and placed them on her back porch  (to assure her they were expired before I threw them away). I then organized her kitchen cabinets placing the food items from her closet into them. When she came home, I showed her my work. She politely said she knew she probably had a lot of expired food, that some had been given to her and some she just forgot about.  She wasn’t quite sure if she liked the newly arranged cabinets but thought she could live with the change. However, I think she wanted permission from someone else that it was okay to let go of some things people give you.

Change doesn’t come easy for many of us. Lesson learned for me–always ask before proceeding to make changes to someone’s home, even if I do have good intentions and even if it is my own mother!  Let me assure you, as a professional organizer, I will work with you and will never intrude into your space to discard anything or make any changes without your permission. I hope she’ll let me organize that closet soon.

We all know that food products have an expiration date. However, if we’re keeping food in our closets, or places other than our pantries, and don’t use before expiration, we’re wasting money, space, and  a possible health risk if we eat expired food, according to WebMD. You can get more information on food product dating from USDA Fact Sheets: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Food_Product_dating/index.asp. Whether we stockpile food because we grew up in a less prosperous time, or because we feel obligated to keep what others have given us, letting go or using food items before expiration can be a weight off our shoulders. In fact, it may feel a bit like hog heaven!

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