My “Pantry Personality”


By Cindy Argiento

Recently USA Today published a “What is your ‘pantry personality?’” quiz. It included percentages for people who were categorized as “neat,” “disorganized,” “minimalist” or “doomsday prepper.”

Just like my husband and I have an interfaith marriage, we have a mixed pantry. I’m in the “nice and neat” category and he’s in the “doomsday prepper.”

It’s hard to keep things organized when you live with a prepper. Basically all I do is organize the masses of stuff he buys. Recently I was kind of happy when pantry supplies started to run low as I could actually see the shelves; however, my husband saw empty space, panicked and ran to fill it. Rice-a-Roni was on sale so he bought 12 boxes, which for us is a year’s supply. Pasta was on sale and even though we didn’t need it, he bought it because, “It never goes bad”.

So this is how we work: he brings the sh…, I mean supplies, home and I organize them. I do try to have some semblance of order in the pantry, with tall stuff in back and short stuff up front. I’m not a fanatic — I do not alphabetize my spices.

I organize the shelves I can reach. I can’t reach the top shelves. I want to know the person who designed ceiling-high cabinets — unreachable to the short person — and thought they were a good idea? A short person should be able to reach the top shelf in their own house. They should not have to get a ladder, chair or department style pole to retrieve what they want. We have cabinets above our refrigerator that I have no idea what’s in them. My husband could be hiding money, knives, a small mistress, or my guess — Rice-a-Roni.

If grocery stores strategically stock sugary cereals for kids at eye level, why can’t home builders place cabinets at eye level?

Because then and only then will I really know how many boxes of Rice-a Roni my husband has stored away.

Cindy Argiento is a freelance writer. Contact Cindy at or visit


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