Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage

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SPRING

Having a clean and organized home is important for healthy kids.  When you have a clutter free home that is organized:

  • You will save money- How many times have you bought a second bag of walnuts, only to find a half open bag in the bottom of your freezer?  When you are organized, you know where things are and can see them easily.
  • You will save time- this is obvious if you’ve ever spent a good part of your day looking for your car keys.  There is peace, calm, happiness and joy with a clean and organized house, and your kids will feel it too.  Keep the shades open, the home bright, they chaos under control, and your kids are more pleasant.

So, we have a few pictures from our kitchen to get you started!

The Pantry

I found an inspiring blogger, Bea Johnson at Zero Waste Blog.  Bea is the ultimate example of clutter-free. She purchases all her food without packaging and even brings her own jars to the grocery store to have them filled.  Anytime you can have see-through containers in your pantry to know when you are low on certain foods, you won’t be purchasing double and you’ll know when you need more.  This is a picture from Bea’s pantry (used with permission).   If you don’t think it’s possible to bring all the food you need into your home without packaging and have a pantry that looks like this, you really should check out her detailed shopping tips on how she shops!  Even if I don’t shop the same way, there is still some great take-aways!  Check out her post here.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

From Natalie’s pantry: She stores her baking supplies in clear boxes (found at Ikea), with some cute labels (she found on Etsy)

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

I store our nuts and dried fruit that way.  If you don’t use your nuts quickly, it’s best to store them in the fridge or freezer to avoid going rancid.  But purchasing nuts and dried fruit in the bulk bins is truly the best way to buy them affordably.  Also, it’s the only way I’ve been able to find dried fruit (such as dried cranberries) without added sugar.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

The Spices

Every healthy kitchen needs a good supply of herbs and spices- even the dried ones.  Natalie puts hers in a drawer, which I LOVE.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

This makes it easy to see what you have, and what you need more of.

The Fridge

Cleaning out your fridge weekly makes it easy for your kids to see what there is to eat- and hopefully that means fruits and vegetables and lots of water! When your fridge gets stuffed with moldy leftovers or old containers of sour cream, it no longer invites healthy snacking.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

I also started putting my frozen veggies in freezer safe- air tight containers like this one.  Do you know how many half open bags of peas I had in my freezer?  Too many!  Plus, we like to freeze our own veggies when they are in season.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

 

On the front of our fridge is the meal plan for the week! It makes it so easy for me to look at in the morning, so I know when I need to start preparing dinner.  Sometimes, I can prep the entire meal at breakfast, and then when our evening get’s busy, all I have to do is put it in the oven.  This is an area where being organized truly pays off, as you don’t have to resort to cereal for breakfast. lol  We have some blank printable meal plan charts, and of course we also have the meal plans that we write every week.  My kids also like the meal plan posted, then they don’t have to ask me what’s for dinner!

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

MISC-

And lastly- my medicine cabinet!  Before I moved over to these mini drawers, I kept buying band-aids and they would get buried since our medicine cabinet is high and I am short! Now, I can get to them super easily.

Spring Cleaning: Kitchen Organization and Storage. Save time and waste less!!

Start with one cupboard or drawer today!  You’ll have your entire kitchen organized and clean in no time!

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Great ideas! I have started pouring frozen veggies into ziploc freezer bags. That way I can see into the bags and know what we have. We had way too many half bags of frozen broccoli!!

Organizing my pantry/kitchen this way has been on my to do list for some time…but, the thing that keeps holding me back is the idea of a recall and not being able to identify brand/lot number/exp. date, etc. Any ideas how to address this? Much of my food is thrown out because I tend to buy things w/o preservatives, which means it often expires before we can consume it, making it a valid concern.

Good point Stacy! We eat our food pretty quickly, so usually if there is a recall, it’s too late for us- and nothing expires in my house- I have a teenage boy who literally eats EVERYTHING! You should ask your question to Bea on the zero waste blog though!!

Me and a couple of neighbors and friends started cleaning our house last week. We started with the kitchen and the living room and it took us a long time to organize all our stuff. We decided to rent a cheap storage in Sydney where we put some of my rarely used items and it made the entire process of organizing easier and faster!

Wow, you’re really well organized. My kitchen is a haphazard mess of dishes, containers and food, not well organized at all. You put me to shame!

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thanks for this post. can you tell me where you got those bins for the nuts and dried fruit? I am looking for airtight containers with sections like the ones you have pictured here. thanks!