There are probably very few people who use this word in just the way we do as a family. Usually it means to move or cause to move rapidly up and down or from side to side, but we have a large garden from which we obtain lots of fruit, vegetables and herbs. I pack some in brine or syrup, make sauces, jams, and have even bought a dryer (not a clothes dryer) so that I can produce such things as semi-dried plums.
We sell fruit and give loads away, even apples by the sackful, but, despite a large pantry and three freezers, it is still necessary to wiggle from time to time i.e. move things around, especially in my large freezer, so that we can fit more in. Rearranging a few things, a push here and there, a few things taken out for dinner, and a good slam of the lid, and you have wiggled enough for now.
Whilst I am writing this article the garden is full of blossom – peach, apples, plum, apricot, even orange, lemon and kumquat in the conservatory. Gooseberries are already starting to form, as are currants, black, white and red, amongst other things, in spite of grey skies and heavy rain. There are lots of onions out there, white, yellow, red and spring, and there are the green leafy vegetables: kale, broccoli, leeks, spinach and all the rest.
We've just got back from a food wholesaler, I have a conference to cater for soon. The problem is that they had lots of bargains, things I just know I will use in the next few weeks and months, and which were cheaper to buy in bulk; frozen fish, sauces, chicken and crackers, as well as some things which are only supplied in large catering packs, and some of these, especially the fish my husband adores, will need even more freezer space.
Here in the U.K. we have a famous television cook, Deliah Smith. I remember once seeing into her freezer. Everything in that very special freezer was in clearly marked boxes, all the same size and all apparently full . Does she never use just a tiny part of a box’s contents, perhaps having to drop the whole thing on the floor so that the contents break up so she can use just a little at one time? Does she never peer at something unidentifiable, which has lost its label and think ‘What on earth is that?’
Are we all as well-organised as that? I know I’m not. Does she never have a 2 litre ice-cream box with only enough ice cream for one scoop left in it? Does she never use margarine tubs to put her fruit into? Has she no friends who descend with several large bags of spare cherries just when she's used up all her jars making bramble jelly, sundried tomatoes, pickled pears and rhubarb and strawberry jam?
You may have a lot of some other things – clothes which over fill your wardrobe, too many books for the amount of shelving you have, too much makeup to fit into your bag, and of course just one too many pairs of shoes (Personally I believe it is almost impossible to have more than one too many pairs of shoes) .
All I can suggest is that either you learn to move things around until everything fits, or that you make a trip to your nearest charity shop or second hand store.
On second thoughts, you could have a swap party. We’ve all got books on our shelves we will never read again, that dress we bought for a special occasion that no longer fits, the expensive sweater which we just don’t like any more. The only trouble with a swap party is that you end up with as much or even more than you started with – but at least they are different things.
You just have to learn to wiggle.
Now get a wiggle on. #lookitup