Every busy family household eventually finds itself with kitchen cabinets and pantries filled with clutter. Not only does the clutter make it difficult to find items that are needed on a daily basis, it also contributes to a drain on the family budget by spurring the expensive habit of buying items that are already in the house, but covered and hidden by the clutter. This article will offer some easy to apply tips and suggestions on how to reduce the kitchen clutter, and save some money in the process too.
Take Food Items Out Of The Original Packaging.
I recently discovered a box of hot chocolate with only one package left, and a bag of trail mix with maybe a quarter cup of snack left. By transferring the remaining trail mix into a smaller and easy to fold and store Ziploc bag and leaning the individual packet of hot chocolate mix against the side of the cabinet, I gained a few much needed inches in my dry goods kitchen cabinet. Imagine how much space you can gain by going through your shelves and cabinets and ridding them of the original food packaging.
Stop Buying Food Items You Don’t Use.
Yes, you wish your kids would reach for the raisins and whole wheat crackers when the urge to snack arrives, but if those items perpetually sit in your pantry or on your cabinet shelves, stop buying them. Be honest about how your family truly eats and remove those items that sit there untouched for weeks and months on end. If you are on a mission to replace your family’s poor eating habits with better ones, stop buying the junk food and keep the healthier snack items in their place. When faced with fruit cups instead of pudding, children will eat them if no alternative is to be found.
Keep Only The Cookware Essential To Your Routine And Store The Rest Elsewhere.
Most families only need one pot of small, medium and large size, a casserole pan and a few frying pans to get through a week of meals. If your kitchen cabinets and pantry are filled to bursting with every pot, pan and casserole dish known to man, pare those cooking and baking items down to a more reasonable quantity. Purchase a large plastic storage box and store the rest of the items in a central location. The next time you are inspired to whip up a Sunday morning Strata and have to have that special baking dish from Grandma, you can easily locate it and still keep your kitchen cabinets and pantry clear of clutter.
Make A Generous Donation To The Local Food Pantry.
Designate a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to go through the cabinets and pantry to compile a large bag or box to donate to your local food pantry. Those bags of rice you bought on sale and never used and the canned vegetables that never quite went with any of your weekly meals will surely be greatly appreciated by the local residents in need.
Host A Baking Or Cooking Get Together In Your Home.
If your kitchen cabinets or pantry is filled to the brim with brownie mix or soup starters, use this overflow to host a fun and practical get together with friends and family. Start a tradition of baking cookies and treats with loved ones at the beginning of the holidays, or a Fall soup party. Invite the girls in to cook a week’s worth of dinners on a Sunday afternoon. Not only will you easily clear out your kitchen storage, you will enjoy a great time with loved ones and start a new tradition to enjoy for years to come.