I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.
Let’s start with your kitchen and your food. We spend a lot of time thinking about meals – and we have nearly 1000 meals to eat/make in a year. So it helps you – your wallet and your planning – to organize your food so you make the best use of everything you have.
Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:
- Plan time in your schedule to organize.
- Don’t try to do everything today.
- Realize that it’s going to get a little messy before it gets organized.
Here is what I do most Saturday mornings to keep our kitchen and our food organized. I encourage you to try these simple tips:
- Look through the food in the Freezer, Fridge, Pantry to see what we currently have
- Get everything out on the counter that I need to process
- Remove any expired or unusable food from Freezer, Fridge & Pantry
- Move stored items to be more accessible for others and remind family what is available for snacks and food.
- Condense items (Two half-full gallons of milk? Condensed! Two half-full popsicle boxes? Condensed!)
- Wipe down 1-2 shelves in the Freezer, Fridge or Pantry
- Gather items on the counter that I’ll be prepping later (like old bananas for banana bread or fruits/veggies that I need to chop)
- Add needed items to my grocery list
- Return usable/sorted items to Freezer, Fridge, Pantry
- Make plan to finish any tasks – later that day or the next day (at the latest)
I could spend the whole day organizing the kitchen – and be happy as a clam doing it. In fact, grocery sorting day is something I really look forward to. I’m pretty sure I’m in a small minority. I want to be clear that you don’t have to accomplish everything in one day or at once. I don’t do that. I spend an hour in the morning organizing my space and make time later in the day (while I’m watching TV) to chop fruits/veggies. And I often grocery shop a different day too. But I know that spending focused time each Saturday helps me know what we have and make better use of all of the food in our kitchen. Try a little of this process today – even if it’s just one of your areas.
I took a picture of my in-progress, messy kitchen on purpose. I wanted to you to see what my kitchen looks like EVERY TIME that I organize it. The whole room is filled with stuff (I mean, seriously, look at that countertop). It gives me the shakes for just a minute and then I remember that I can keep sorting and changing things until it’s back to a system that works for me.
I encourage you to spend time this week – 15 minutes to one hour – organizing your kitchen and your food.