I posted this picture and my son said, “That was me after I did the dishwasher. “I am Pretty good.” I am sure most of you are very thankful for cabinet doors. I decided after many injuries that I had to do something to make it easier and safer. I needed to develop a strategy for organizing the kitchen.
I’ll admit it … these days I need a little motivation to do some of the most basic things. Working two full-time jobs is starting to take its toll. My house is not filthy but it is far from clean. The pantry, which used to be fully stocked, is running a little bare. Fortunately, my husband continues to do the laundry and ironing, make the bed, and transport Missy to where she needs to go.
It is time to regroup and make a plan. Here are the first few things I need to do: make a basic meal plan, schedule a firm time every week to go grocery shopping, and turn off the computer for an hour every day so I will not be distracted and might actually do something around the house.
Our stockpile has served us well over the last few months but it is time to restock it. I plan to start from the beginning. I will take stock of the pantry and linen closet and determine exactly what we have, what we should donate, and what don’t ever use. I will then choose two or three items each week which are at rock bottom prices and buy enough to last us for three months. I will work on restocking our freezer so we have plenty of meats to choose from.
Most importantly, I will take some time each day to just ENJOY. There comes a time when “all work and no play makes Jack (or in this case, me) a dull boy/girl.” It’s time to “put one foot in front of the other” and “smell the roses along the way.”
Any reader suggestions on getting motivated would be appreciated!
Due to my recent shopping adventures to Harris Teeter, my pantry was in need of stockpile organization. One of the secrets to saving money, is to stockpile. This means to buy extra items your family uses regularly when the items are at their rock bottom price. We all know that Harris Teeter triples or Kmart super doubles allows for a plethora of stockpiling opportunities! I would like to share some tips to make stockpiling easier and more efficient.
First of all, only stockpile items your family uses regularly. Just because an item is “cheap” or on sale, does not mean you need to buy several of them. This is a lesson I have had to learn the hard way. I can tell you first hand that I have had to throw out a lot of expired food over the years. Over buying, is not saving money.
There is also a cycle to sales. For example, I know that Proctor & Gamble puts out a coupon insert once a month. Usually the stores will have some sort of sale that coincides with the coupons. If I miss a sale item this week, I don’t stress because I know the sale will come around again in a few more weeks.
Now, my family eats a ton of granola bars. My husband loves them and eats them daily. They are also handy to take in the car or throw in the diaper bag. Granola bars are one item we stockpile when the price is right. My suggestion is to take the granola bars out of the boxes and put them in a plastic container. This will save space and make it easy to grab and run! This same idea can be done for any snack prepackaged items.
Another item we stockpile is condiments. Those who know my husband, know that he loves condiments and sauces! We go through a ton of ketchup and salad dressing, or “dippers” as my household calls it! My suggestion for keeping these items organized is to place them in a small basket. It is easy to pull the basket out to see what you have. You can also write expiration dates on the cap top with a sharpie.
A trick I learned from my brother-in-law, is to write with a sharpie the expiration date on the outside of boxes. Many times a box will get pushed to the back of the pantry. If you have the dates readily visible, you will make sure to use the product before it expires. I also make sure to check expiration dates before I buy the product at the store. You would be surprised how many times I have picked up an item that is expired or about to expire.
For bath and body products, I have limited myself to a six month supply. What Amee and I have started doing is, giving away a lot of these products. With the drug store deals, we get a ton of bath and body products for free. We now donate most of these items or give them away to you all! There is only so much free toothpaste and razors that you can use! We encourage you all to donate your items if your stockpile limitations are reached.
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