5 reasons why you should organize your pantry at least twice a month

May 14, 2015

Memorial weekend is coming and if you are not going away, why not take time and organize your pantry. We love organization. Right! Yes, we all do as long as we don’t have to do all the hard work ourselves, which is sometime a wish but mostly never comes true.

Before getting organized strategic planning is needed. Choose the best day, the most best time of the day, have your checklist ready and most of all get ready to dust, clean and throw away any expired foods.

This project is easily achieved with these 5 steps:

1. Browse for any unwanted food items. Before replenishing your pantry, getting rid of expired foods is usually the best way to keep an organized pantry. Don’t be afraid to throw out any expired foods because of guilt. Once you start feeling guilty you will learn that throwing food away is equal to money wasted. You will start watching your budget and learn from your mistakes.

2. Create a list. Did you know that creating a list would help you keep track of what you need and what you don’t need? It is not only for restocking, but also for buying any cooking tools and gadgets you might need. Let’s not forget utensils! They get used so often that you may not notice that your favorite wooden spoon is chipped. Having proper utensils is a necessity for your health and as well as proper containers. Consider buying food-grade airtight containers.

3. Clean and pre-organized. Before going out to your favorite stores to shop, clean, clean and clean. If you don’t clean before going shopping you may not be in the mood to clean when you come back from shopping. You will probably be too tired to wipe and clean the shelves. After cleaning, start pre-organizing the items you already have in your pantry. Create your labels prior to shopping to save time.

4. Go shopping. Shop for the best deals at your favorite stores. Don’t be intimidated when checking out the sales racks or shelves. You might be surprised at what you may find. Shop at new stores. Maybe there are new promotions and you might save even better. Check out the circulars at supermarkets and only buy what you need.

5. Keep track. Use the pre-made labels and make new ones as needed. Organized your goods by expiration dates. You will know instantly when you are almost out of your favorite tomato sauce for example. And lastly, keep a list handy somewhere convenient in your kitchen for the next time you go shopping. That list doesn’t have to only include food; it can also include tools and utensils.

The whole point of de-cluttering and organizing your pantry is for peace of mind. You don’t want to run out of baking powder while baking your favorite cake or run out of salt when making your favorite chicken dish. Cooking in an organized and clutter free kitchen is essential. Your kitchen is your sanctuary. Keep it organized as much as you can.

To help you achieve your goal faster, check out this websites for free printables.

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organization-basics/free-printable-storage-labels/#page=9

http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/pantry/organize-your-pantry-by-zones/





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