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MRSHONEYC
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2/5/09 11:00 P

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Okay, I *did* do this too and *I* had a LOT of expired/opened stuff ...
In the pantry, 3 grocery bags packed with cans, half empty boxes/bags that the kids had LEFT OPEN and even some BIG boxes with only 1 item left (thanks to DH! Him and his corn nuts!!!!)
Deep Freezer - I got rid of TWO kitchen sized trash bags of things that I had NO IDEA what they were anymore or things that had that special perservative coating of ice on them ...
HIDEOUS! I was DEFINTELY on a mission!! Made LOTS of room in my pantry and deep freezer! LOL

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1/27/09 1:30 P

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Well, that's good news!
My downfall is those canned foods that I bought a few years ago! And MEDICINES (tylenol etc) I hate to toss them because they cost $, but HELLoooOOO they're out of date! LOL

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1/27/09 1:27 P

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I know I'm a little late but I checked through everything last night and as I figured, my household runs through everything in the fridge, freezer and shelves faster than I can buy it. As for spices they are all current.



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1/26/09 6:49 P

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LOL Tina!
Isn't it simply AMAZING what we hold on to???
As I said in the original post, what our homes harbor are a reflection of our bodies.
Get rid of the useless or outdated products in our cabinets/fridge just as we need to get rid of the negative energy that SO MANY of us hold on to!
Now that your areas are cleaned out, you can start bringing in the HEALTHIER alternatives that your body REQUIRES to sustain life. That junk food, the icecream that had that special ice coating as a preservative, the "left overs" that wouldn't have really gotten eaten --- gone.
WOO HOO!!!

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1/26/09 5:01 P

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Wow the fridge is naked now, all the left overs are gone and my medcine cabinet, there was not to much in there but what was is gone.

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1/25/09 7:47 P

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YES, good point! When we are in an "emergency situation" the managers DO take advantage of "close dated" merchandise, expecting you to #1 use the products in the imminent future and #2 that you won't bother to check the date because you are under pressure and in a panic state.
KEEP IN MIND that the stores, even MILITARY, are NOT in the business of the CUSTOMERS, but in the business of THEM SELVES.
GOOD JOB, AMA! Not too horrible, and THANK YOU for pointing out that fact!

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1/25/09 4:31 P

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It wasn't as bad as I thought. Helps when you have a small home and only two people in it!

Medicine Cabinet - a few items, not bad
Bathroom - 10 or so
Pantry - a bunch!
Spices - a few
Refrigerator - none
Freezer - none
Deep Freeze - don't have
Total Items - probably 3 dozen or so
Horrified: items I bought at the grocery store in preparation for Hurricane Ike. I guess I didn't check the dates when I bought these things. Apparently the grocery stores took advantage of the situation and emptied out their old stock. Considering some of us had to resort to eating items cold, directly from the can, this really made me mad.

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1/23/09 9:39 A

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I try to do this each year but am lucky if I get a fraction done! I'll try harder this year. And I already had homework!

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1/22/09 7:31 P

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I'm laughing right now because this is something that I do religiously. Getting a education in general chemistry and having your professor show you how some of your household products will change to some pretty nasty stuff over time really opens your eyes!
The last time I did this was in December, so I'm actually good right now!



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1/22/09 7:19 P

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We all know we won't have any bottles water sitting around that is expired but check on it in case it did not get rotated. I bought some at the store the other day and YES it was expired. The candy is the hardest to check the dates one for two reasons; 1. they may be hard to find and 2. a lot of them are Julienne dates. Call Hershey or whichever manufacturer and they will tell you how to read it and if they are they many times will send you a refund check for them.



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1/22/09 1:08 P

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EW! GROSS! And Good To KNOW! SOooooooo glad we no longer have ANY soda in the house, especially now that you've said that! YIKES!

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1/22/09 12:50 P

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All right, let's do it.

By the way, diet soda kept at room temperature is especially important to throw out because some studies have shown that the artificial sweetener breaks down into formaldehyde.



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MRSHONEYC
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1/21/09 2:54 P

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And while we're at it, get rid of all those holiday "left-overs"!


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1/21/09 2:24 P

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i just cleaned out my big freezer in the garage about a week ago and had to throw out a big black garbage bag full of food. No, it hadn't expired, for some insane reason the door got propped open just enough to make the whole freezer frost over completely. So anyway, I won't have to do that one but I WILL do all the rest. Needs it anyway!emoticon HERE WE GO!

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1/21/09 11:07 A

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I work in a grocery store chain as a manger, so I do this as a habit, I also rotate, and face as a general rule.

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1/21/09 9:05 A

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I do this habitually out of growing up in a family run general store, but I use a good spring clean and inventory check. I need to learn the dates and uses for spices still, I keep avoiding that like the plague for some reason. Also I did just finish wiping out antibiotics that expired in 2004, yes I knew the risk when I took them - but the the toothache was more than I wanted to deal with. So if they were still there, chances are I have a few other items hiding that are past due. I will risk me taking them, but I won't let my family - go figure, self sabatoge right there.


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1/21/09 2:58 A

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I've already done most of that and didn't write anything down but I'll check to see if I missed anything.
Linda

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Okay, I realize this is a LONG post, but PLEASE --- TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT ALL before asking questions! THANK YOU!!!! XOXOXOXO

I am bringing back one of our FIRST challenges that this team had at just about this SAME DATE. It was the WEEKEND WARRIOR CHALLENGE. You've got a leg up being that this challenge will begin WEDNESDAY (1/21) and ALL POSTS IN by MIDNIGHT EST on MONDAY (1/26) That means Sunday night, really!
This is NOT A DAILY POSTING challenge. Read through the goals and checklist and WHEN YOU ARE DONE, post your results.

HERE IS YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT:

WEEKEND WARRIOR CHALLENGE

This is a WEEKEND Challenge. You have from today until midnight Monday (1/26) EST to post your results.

Okay, I'm a vendor stocker at the Commissary.
First thing I did when I took over the (8!!!) accounts I got was to pull EVERYTHING off the shelves and check the dates. I was HORRIFIED to find that some meds, INCLUDING KIDS cough syrup (!!!) was expired by TWO YEARS! Which only tells ME that the previous stocker never DID 'front' the items. (to pull the 'older' product to the front, and the newer is suppose to be placed in the back)

I was told by the grocery manager that EVERYTHING in the store has an expiration date.

SO, here's my challenge to YOU. (You'll need a paper and pencil so you can REPLACE necessary items.)

Go to your medicine cabinet. Pull EVERYTHING out. CHECK FOR A DATE. Sometimes it won't be 'regular' dates. Sometimes it's what they call Julienne Dating. AND, not ALL makers use the SAME Julienne dating SYSTEM! Let me tell ya, I got an education on JD's!

Also, SOME of those dates are expiration dates, some are manufactured dates. If you can't understand the date, CALL THE 800 # listed on the container and ask THEM to decode the date for you. They’ll do it. They're pretty nice about it. ANYTHING that is outdated, THROW IT OUT!

Next, go to the BATHROOM - look at the dates on your toothpaste, deodorant, shave cream etc.

PANTRY CLOSET - Check the dates on those cans. I had a can of some veggie that was THREE YEARS outdated - something that had moved with me from Florida to Georgia - and TWO moves in Georgia, for pity's sake! Especially check dates on items you buy in 'bulk'. When those items go 'on sale' its probably because they are going out of date! CHECK YOUR SODA POP too! NO KIDDING. Once they outdate, they start going 'flat'.

*SPICES - YES, they have dates, too! SOME are SUPPOSE to be REFRIGERATED - read the labels and see if you can be the first to post a spice that YOU didn't know was suppose to be in the fridge!

Your fridge - get in there and pull all those condiments out. SHOCKER! WOW!

FREEZER and DEEP freezer. Lord knows the last time you pulled everything out of those deep freezers! I'll bet someone's going to find WHITE ground beef in there!!!!

Here's a link to the LIFESPAN of meats in refrigeration/freezer:
hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC3523.htm
And remember to consider the amount of time the stuff sat in the STORES freezer as well as the WAREHOUSE! There should be a PACK DATE somewhere on frozen meats.

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IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT THIS MISSION, here is the template to use:

CHECKLIST:

Medicine cabinet - check - how many items were expired????

Bathroom - check - how many items were expired????

Pantry closet - check - how many items were expired????

Spices - check - how many items were expired????

Refrigerator - check - how many items were expired????

Freezer - check - how many items were expired????

Deep Freezer - check - how many items were expired????

How many TOTAL ITEMS did you have that were expired?

Which item HORRIFIED you the MOST and WHY???

And finally, how many of those items were non-essential - something you weren't probably going to use ever again???

This is a weekend challenge. HAVE FUN!

Not only will you get rid of outdated stuff, your HOUSE WILL BE CLEAN! LOL!!!!!!

Oh, did I mention ... you're going to be doing a lot of back-and-forth walking …?

Some info. on SPICES:
*Fresher spices provide more flavor! To make sure you’re getting the most flavor from your spices, it is recommended to replace them after a certain amount of time.
Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon ) … 3 years
Whole spices (cloves, peppercorn) … 4 years
Herbs (parsley, sage) … 1-3 years
Most seeds (anise, celery, fennel) … 4 years
Poppy & sesame seeds … 2 years
Extracts (almond, lemon) … 4 years
(except PURE vanilla which has UNLIMITED shelf life)
Seasoning blends/mixes (taco seasoning, Season-All) … 1-2 years
Except for Black Pepper, McCormick spices in rectangular tins are at LEAST 15 years old.
If you see “Baltimore, MD” on the McCormick label, the spice is at LEAST 15 years old.
Check the color of your spices. Make sure they’re still vibrant. If the color has faded, chances are the flavor has faded as well.
Rub or crush the herb or spice in your hand. If its aroma is weak and the flavor is not apparent, the it’s time to replace it.
Store spices in a tightly-capped container and keep them away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Replace lids right after use. Avoid storing spices and herbs over the stove, near a dishwasher or sink, or near a window.
All Schilling products are at least 8 years old.


GOOD LUCK to those who wish to participate!!!!


WHY I started this particular challenge:
Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand. By 'PURGING OUT' outdated, useless items from your home, the rooms you LIVE in most, you are taking a step in the PURGING OUT of YOUR body as well. Think of your body as the different areas I had you clean.
And the items I'm talking about here are those expired/non-essentials.
The medicine cabinet - your head. All the meds you DID NOT NEED --- the thoughts of yourself that YOU DON'T NEED.
The bathroom --- (did you know you spend 1/3 of your LIFE in here?!?!!?) to cleanse yourself (I know, in more ways than one!!!)
The freezer --- the things you 'hold on to' (ie - leftovers that will NEVER get used!)
The pantry --- the 'quick fix' area. USUALLY you're 'goodies' are in there. That's where you head for the 'emotional eating', the 'binges'. You don't NEED that anymore. You're on your way to HEALTHIER lifestyles!
The refrigerator - especially the condiments. Items that you rarely use. Items that you buy on 'impulse' or for one time uses. STOP the impulse. Have a REASON for those things and USE them. STOP the excuses for WHY you can't - you're reason? BECAUSE YOU ARE 'WORTH'!
The Spices - your 'dreams' of what you will become. Don't go after the dreams that will NEVER happen (for example, *I* will NEVER be a TREE or a BIRD, so why DREAM IT.) Go for the REALISTIC goals. Go for the 10 pounds, then the next 10. Go for a 10 minute walk, then next week up it to 15, then 20. Eventually you will jog or run. Your life is full of small accomplishments - accomplishments that you should reward yourself with - the SPICE of life.


BONUS QUESTION: TO BE POSTED ON YOUR FINAL POST *PLEASE*!
Which spice should be refrigerated and WHY?


“Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning …
It’s a chance to redefine yourself, to remember who you were or aim for who you want to be."
Kyle XY

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