Mine stood in front of the snack pantry yesterday with the door wide open just starring at the contents and after about 3 minutes he closed it. Then he went to the regular pantry and did the same thing. Then he went to the refrigerator and did it again. He didn't take anything out of any of those places. I asked him what he was looking for. It was lunch time and he says "There's nothing to eat!" He should have added to that statement and said "There's nothing to eat that I don't have to cook or prepare." This was not the first time he has done this and it is frustrating to watch.
He actually reminded me of my boys when they were teenagers who would do the same thing and make the same statement. I sometimes think that men never grow up.
Now I have to tell you all three places were full of food as were both freezers. I was not going to stop what I was doing and cook something for him. I am in the middle of organizing our home. I was not going to break my rhythm. He finally went back to the pantry, took out a can of tuna and made tuna salad. But he was pouting as he cut up the apple that he put in it. :-)
Thinking more about it last night, I decided to do something about it so that it never happens again. Not having the time to do what I really wanted to do which was make a whole bunch of homemade things, I made a list and went shopping today.
At the bank yesterday, I had just cashed a $ 187. check that we got back as a property tax rebate. I took all of that money with me and I spent every last penny.
I purchased healthy snacks and some not so healthy snacks. I purchased some organizing things and some plastic containers. I purchased the first cold cuts that I have purchased in a long time. I got turkey, Virginia baked ham and salami. And while I was at it, I got some wrap for the baby shower that I am going to, some adult birthday wrap and three different rolls of ribbon. I also bought six items for the baby gift basket. While I was at it I purchased an office letter tray to put next to my computer to corral what I am working on there. I also picked up 4 rolls of select grip easy liners.
When I came home, I put everything away except the cold cuts and snacks. I corralled them into some containers I had and a few of the new ones.
I put the cold cuts in the container pictured above along with our Swiss cheese, provolone, and American cheese slices. I also added some pepperoni slices that were left in my meat drawer and a bottle of Dijon mustard. Then I put it in the deli and meat drawer. When Hubby needs a sandwich all he has to do is take the bin out, grab some mayo, and put it all on the table. Next to that bin are all kinds of 8 oz. cheese bars, some pub cheese, and a port wine cheese ball.
Next I organized three snack bins for the refrigerator that he can just pull out and take out what he wants. Then I made up bags of carrot sticks and celery sticks and put them next to the ranch dip for vegetables. I added a container of hummus, some Breakstone cottage cheese doubles, and some Wholly guacamole. Theh I added another container of mixed fruit cups, some SF parfaits, and some applesauce. The last container has light and regular Babybels, some cubed cheeses that I cut up, and some peanut butter and Polaner 100% strawberry fruit. There are crackers in the pantry and we always have an assortment of bread. We also always have tortilla chips. Did you notice that I labeled everything? I wanted to make sure that he can find whatever he is looking for.
Lastly, it was time to corral the pantry snack items. One basket holds the bagged chips, etc. The other basket holds salsa, cheese dips, craisins, raisins, snack crackers, and granola bars.
With all of this organized, I hope Hubby can manage to feed himself so that I can continue to get things organized in the house.
When I get going on a project, I hate to be interrupted. I hated having to spend the money on ready made snacks but it was money well spent. I don't have the time and energy to make my homemade right snacks now. It will get done and eventually all of the ready made will get replaced with homemade.