5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 5: Organizing Your Kitchen Lists

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, as well. You’ll find everything from simplifying your cleaning supplies to organizing kids’ clothes! Additionally, the hostess for the series, Sidetracked Sarah, will be announcing the winners to all the fabulous prizes tomorrow!

 

  1. Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations
  2. Organize Your Kitchen Storage
  3. Organize Your Kitchen Tools
  4. Organize Your Kitchen Laundry
  5. Organize Your Kitchen Lists

Day 5 – Lists: Indispensable Tools

 

Before there is a soup to stir with a wooden spoon in a pot or a smoothie to blend, the ingredients must be purchased and the recipe decided.

 

The lists and other collections of information (like recipes and meal plans) we use to manage the food are an important part of our kitchen functionality.

So let’s see if we can organize this aspect of our kitchens more effectively!

Cookbooks and other recipe collections

 

cookbook stand

Most of us have such an extensive collection of cookbooks and other recipes that it becomes practical to have two different storage places for them. Particularly if we are committed to the principle of “store nearest the point of use” and to prioritizing our space and our stuff, then separating the oft-referred to books from the browsing-for-inspiration collection.

 

If you find yourself going back and back to particular recipes from particular books, but only a handful out of the entire book, you might consider copying those you use the most, printing those you look up online the most, and mounting or copying recipe cards you use often and keep one binder near your mixing station with your most-frequently-used recipes. Not only will this increase efficiency, it will also reduce wear on your good cookbooks.

 

pot rack

If you have a collection of cookbooks that are as much for hobby and for collection as for use, and you browse them more for inspiration and for recreation than for reference in the midst of cooking, you might consider making them a more decorative part of your kitchen rather than allow them to occupy functional space, or you might consider moving them to your bookcases in another room, even.

 

Grocery Lists

You want your shopping list to be handy so you can add things as you realize you are running short. Here are some suggestions:

 

shopping list

 

  • Paper list on the fridge with a magnet
  • White board or chalkboard on the wall or fridge (make sure a marker or chalk is handy!)
  • Chalkboard-painted door or backsplash
  • List on your laptop or phone (if you usually have it handy)
  • List in your planner or home management binder
  • List or pad mounted inside a cupboard door

Menu Plan

There are several options for keeping your menu plan at hand and easy to reference, most of them quite similar to the grocery list options.

  • Written directly into your calendar (paper or digital)
  • Paper list on the fridge with a magnet
  • White board or chalkboard on the wall or fridge (make sure a marker or chalk is handy!)
  • Chalkboard-painted door or backsplash
  • List on your laptop or phone (if you usually have it handy)
  • List in your planner or home management binder
  • List or pad mounted inside a cupboard door

Personally, I use Google Calendar to menu plan.

Other Lists

Often our kitchens become our base-of-operations, and much more business happens in them than menu planning and cooking. If you have more paper and clutter in your kitchen that is more life-related than kitchen-related, you might be interested in these other series on my other blog, Simply Convivial:

 

31 days to GTD for homemakers

 

5 Days of Cleaning and Organizing

If you are really serious about simplifying the lists and recipe collections you keep, take a look at Simplified Dinners. It outlines how to get dinner on the table with minimal planning and prep time, using only the whole-foods ingredients found on my master pantry list.

Plan ALL the meals!

The Simplified Pantry menu plans make it easy! Menu planning shouldn’t require magic to make everything come together. Find out how quick and simple menu planning can be with the Simplified Pantry system – get started for free!

 

Download the free menu plan printable that will help you navigate three meals a day, every week.

  1. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing
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    pinned and tweeted/ shared! thanks

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