Organization comes into play with food as well
Food for Thought
“Are you hungry?” my client asked.
“No, I’ve just had a good lunch,” I replied, patting my stomach.
“Are you hungry? I inquired.
“Yes! I’ve only eaten chocolate all morning. I’m starving.”
In my work as a Montreal Professional Organizer, I’ve noticed that some of my clients forget to eat, or simply don’t make the time, or it could be that their lives – or their kitchens- are disorganized to the point that cooking is difficult, if not impossible.
Here are a few ideas which could help you eat healthily and save money on restaurant food:
- If you prepare a dish which is freezable, consider making a double batch and freezing a few portions. Using clear containers which stack and store well, be sure to date and label the containers.
- If you have trouble keeping track of what’s in your fridge and/or pantry, try keeping lists of what you have. Scratch items off as they are used.
- Similarly, keep a grocery list on the fridge, on your phone, or wherever you want! Purchase needed items so you never run out. If you shop at assorted places for different foods, on your list, try grouping what you need at each store. For example, in our home, we have: Supermarket, health food store, Akhavan, bakery, and small corner grocery store. A separate list is kept for the pharmacy.
- If you have a lot of one ingredient, and it will take you twelve years or more to use it up, offer some to a friend, neighbour, or food bank.
- If you keep bread in the freezer, and end up with crusts and odds and ends, use them up by baking delicious croutons. Yum! I love homemade croutons!
- Try experimenting with at least one meatless meal per week. It’s beneficial for the planet, your budget, and your health! My daughter’s youtube cooking show has over 100 delectable vegetarian (mostly vegan) recipes. She is pictured below. Why not check it out and subscribe at https://reveenaskitchen.com.
- Consider bringing your own water bottle and healthy snack (such as fruit, nuts, cheese & crackers) if you’re heading out for several hours and may want a snack. Again, it’s the same advantages as number 6 – environment, pocketbook, health!
- Allison Weigensberg, another Montreal Professional Organizer, has put together a complete online course on kitchen organization and meal planning. Check it out at: http://www.everything-in-place.com/.
I hope that this post has given you a few ideas on how to become and remain organized in the kitchen. As always, your questions, comments, and suggestions are most welcome.
I would be pleased to help you with kitchen and cooking ideas, decluttering, organizing, downsizing and more!