Kitchen Gadget Chaos
Storing kitchen gadgets can make you say, "What the fork?". Here are a few tips:
👩🍳 Declutter these like CRAZY - be honest with yourself; (see: the mortar and pestle I used once and likely will never use again) *especially* before you buy any bins/containers!
👩🍳 Keep what you use closest to where you’ll grab it
👩🍳 Don’t overcrowd bins; give everything a designated home
👩🍳 Maintain/repair/replace tools you use and find valuable in your toolbox
Some choose to have bare counters. I cook daily, so I don’t mind tools I use on my counters:
🔪 Utensil crock
🔪 Knife block
🔪 Salt, pepper and sugar crocks (these are SO convenient!)
Containers are from Ikea and Target- between $2-$4 for multi-packs!
I’ll take you through my kitchen in stories later for some other fun kitchen hacks you may want to try.
Do you struggle with organizing your gadgets?
Meal planning. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to organization and keeping my home running smoothly, this is the area I struggle the most with. I’d start out strong and then inevitably by mid-week I’ve decided I didn’t want chicken pot pie for dinner, I ran out of salad, and all of a sudden the rolls for lunch disappeared.
I was talking to a friend recently and I thought her meal planning strategy was genius - don’t label which day you’re going to make the food, just choose your foods for the week and go from there! I have been building on this strategy for a few months now, and with the help of a whiteboard inside my pantry, I can confidently say dinner time has become less stressful, less wasteful, and when it’s time to go shopping, my refrigerator is actually pretty empty. It may be obvious to some, but as I mentioned, meal planning has always, always been a struggle for me.
To start a successful meal planning journey (yes, I am calling it a journey because it took me years to get to this point!!) take the following steps: