Organize the Little ThingsPosted: November 11, 2011
This blog is all about the little expenses that add up. Do you ever come home from a grocery trip and realize you bought something you already have? Have you ever forgotten about the left-overs until they were no longer edible? I’ve done the aforementioned actions HUNDREDS of times. After I bought my 100th bottle of crushed red pepper (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration) I decided I needed to come up with a system. Thus, I’ve started making lists. Here’s your quick how-to:
1) Make a Spice List
Pull every type of spice you have and write them in alphabetical order, or type the list up on your computer. Put an “H” by all the your items. The “H” stands for “Have.” Tape this list on the inside of the cupboard you keep your spices in. When you use the last of a spice, cross out the “H” and write “N” for “Need.”
2) Make a Medicine Cabinet List
Cold season is upon us. Do you have what you need? Mark “H” by each product you do own. Mark “N” for “Need” on items you are running short on! Make sure the medicine is NOT expired. Tape the list to the inside of your medicine cabinet for quick viewing. Here is a link to help you anticipate your medicine cabinet needs.
3) Organize the Pantry
I organize this cupboard a little differently. I keep a list of items I don’t use frequently (baking powder, cornstarch, vanilla, etc) attached to my cupboard door. I mark those items with an “H” or “N” just like I do with the spices. For items that I am constantly using, (rice, pasta, beans) I mark on a whiteboard in my kitchen ONLY when I run out. This definitely helps with meal planning, too.
4) Organize the Fridge
1) Attach a piece of paper to the fridge weekly. Whenever you have left-overs, make a notation. This will remind you that you have food that needs to be consumed!
2) Clean your fridge as you write your grocery list. Not only will your fridge remain squeaky clean, you won’t have to store 3 bottles of ketchup and Italian dressing. Keeping tabs on your food will help you eliminate buying unnecessary items.
How do you organize the little things?
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