Did you have fun purging your closet? Have you even attempted to do it yet? Are you still in Phase 1? That’s okay. Why not move on to your kitchen?
16. Purge Your Kitchen
If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen purging your kitchen might be the most cleansing thing EVER. Between coffee-making, lunch box packing, grocery unpacking, cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, and pantry inventory I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m not very good at purging my entire kitchen but when I do inventory every couple of months I do purge the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Now, if I could just move over to the dreaded plasticware cabinet. This kitchen purge is probably done easier in phases: the pantry, the fridge, the freezer, under the sink, cups, glasses, coffee cups, spice racks, on top of the fridge (yes, that’s an issue for me), pots, pans, bakeware, and lastly plastics!
In all transparency please understand I have not purged my entire kitchen since we moved into this house three years ago. I do however, keep a pretty good handle on the pantry, fridge, and freezer. When I purge those places I follow the same steps no matter the place:
1. Empty the space completely.
2. Clean the drawers and/or shelves.
3. Throw away anything expired.
4. As you put stuff back in the space write it down and how much is left.
5. Make your next week’s meal plan based on what you already have and need to use.
This is really what I do every couple of months. It’s makes it so much easier to see what you really have in the pantry. No lie, last time I did this I had 2 cans of tomato paste, 6 cans of diced tomatoes, and 4 cans of tomato sauce. We had a lot of tomato based dinners following that purge.
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What is something you do that helps you keep your kitchen organized?