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We have a small house with a small kitchen. When we first moved in, our friends & family were really concerned about where we'd keep our food. But even with the addition of two children, we have plenty of space for our food. One of the things that helps is that we don't buy a lot of packaged/processed food to start with. Also, we don't shop at Costco or buy stuff on sale just because. We really truly only buy (and thus store)what we're actually going to eat. For example, I used up the last of the white flour baking cookies in December. I put white flour on the list for the next shopping trip and then realized that I won't actually use the white flour until next December when I do Christmas baking again, so why buy it right now and store it for a year? Also, we don't drink soda or juice. If you're not storing a lot of drinks in the fridge, you have plenty of space for food in there.

It's not all perfect, of course. My husband eats meat and I don't, so we end up throwing away leftover meat sometime. At least here in Portland, we can compost meat, so it's not going to the landfill...

Meagan Francis

Thanks so much for the link and mention. I love this post! I HATE throwing away food, so I had to get really honest with myself about why it was happening and what I could do to stop it. We still waste more than we should, but it's getting so much better!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Good thoughts here, Janna. I agree with you that a huge step is not shopping at Costco (or BJ's, which we used to belong to when our kids were little, mostly for the bulk diapers). We would leave the store with all sorts of unnecessary things. I'm also with you on the soda--I gave it up after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, so it's good not to have to fight with those big liter bottles in the fridge anymore.

You're lucky to live in such a green city--I wish our town composted!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

You're very welcome, Meagan. Glad to have found you and your blog through the BlogHer feature story.


Hi! I am a new reader and I really enjoyed this post and your blog. Our pantry has been bare because I hate grocery shopping. I try to see how long we can go before I have to go to the store. Now a days, I buy my fresh food at the farmers market and order dry goods on amazon. Anyway, I look forward to following your food journey!

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Hi Kate! Thanks so much for introducing yourself and for the kind words. Always glad to meet a new reader! Farmers' markets really are the best way to go...especially the ones that feature organic produce.


With the impending move, I HAVE to start cleaning out my pantry so when I went to the store yesterday (along with about a million of my closest friends given the storm), I mostly stayed on the perimeter and bought "fresh" stuff.

I am looking forward to your composter reviews this spring because I really think I want to get one when we move!

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