Our entire house is 100% peanut-free. This may change down the road as our kids get older, but for now, peanut-free it is. There is not one cupboard that contains peanut-free only items, or one cupboard where the peanut butter is stashed “just in case” we need it. There isn’t a special cupboard of “Mommas guilty snacks” (I know, this was a hard one!) I went through EVERYTHING in our fridge, freezer, and pantry. I read every label, and threw out anything that contained peanuts, or had the statements “made in a facility with peanuts/tree nuts”, “may contain peanuts”, or “made on equipment shared with peanuts”. This included checking condiments, seasonings, baking items, EVERYTHING.
I initially did try having a designated area for foods that our son could not have. It lasted about a week. My hubby had accidentally picked up bread that had eggs in it. He was going to throw it out, and I said it was okay, that I would put it high in the cupboard and he could use it for his work lunches. The VERY next day, in the rush of making lunch for the boys, I pulled it out, put sunflower butter and jelly on it and put it on the boys’ plates. It wasn’t until I was breaking up the sandwich on the little guy’s plate that I REMEMBERED. I threw out the sandwiches, put the plates in the dishwasher and had to throw out the jar of sunflower butter because I had re-dipped the knife in the jar after touching the bread. That bread went IMMEDIATELY into the garbage. Never again. So not worth it. No “Special Cupboard” for us.