As mothers, we spend untold amount of time making sure our families have food to eat. Let’s look at some ways to take the stress and redundancy out of the process!
Grocery Shopping Tip: Start with clear shelves at home
Ok, so this doesn’t have to do with grocery shopping at the grocery store. Before we can get there, we have to set the stage at home.
What’s in your pantry right now? Half-used bits and pieces of specialty ingredients just waiting until they are old enough to be thrown away without guilt? Maybe boxes of Rice-a-Roni or Hamburger Helper? Unknown substances lurking in dark corners?
The first step to simplifying and organizing is decluttering. And the best way to declutter is to empty the space and see what exactly is there.
- Empty your pantry space(s).
- Wipe down the empty shelves.
- Label shelves and any containers with categories: cans, bags, bulk, baking goods. Use whatever categories make sense to you.
- Take inventory. Make a two-column list: pantry staples and specialty ingredients. Pantry staples will be any food that you regularly use and would like to always keep on hand. Specialty ingredients will include those things purchased for specific recipes but that you don’t regularly use. If you are considering a complete overhaul and dramatic simplification, you might want to start with my master pantry list, but feel free to personalize it.
- Put things back the way you’d like them. You might consider adding labels to your shelves to make it easier to put things in their right place.
Repeat this process with your fridge, freezer, and any other place you have food stored. You will want to finish with a complete list of all your food inventory.
Now you not only have a clean space to shelve your groceries, but you also know what you have.
It’s always better to use what you have than buy unnecessary new food. You know, unless it’s moldy.
Tomorrow: Simplify Your Pantry
Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too!