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Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Cleaning Your Food

How does saving money and decluttering at the same time sound? Here's an idea that encourages you to do both: spring cleaning your food. Your fridge. Your freezer. Your pantry.

Start with your fridge. I like to start on the top shelf with some glass or all-purpose cleaner. Start cleaning, removing old food and leftovers. As you move down, you'll see what needs to be used quickly and what has a little more shelf-life. 

If you're a list person, make a list of items that need to be used. 

Do the same thing with your refrigerator freezer, freezer, and pantry. Add to your list the items you find that need to be used quickly in these areas.  

Put like things together in each area, with the newest items in the back. If these areas are too full, work at getting rid of excess or get some space savers to increase usable space. For more specifics on organizing each space, see the links below.

It may take a little time, but think of the money you are saving by using food before it goes bad! And you may be able to save some grocery-shopping time to make up for it.

Armed with your list, create a menu for the next couple of weeks using those items on your list. I made crockpot stew yesterday early in the morning. I felt great getting rid of ingredients that needed to be used, and all I had to do was add a fruit plate and dinner was done! So nice on a crazy busy day!

More on decluttering food:

Organizing the Pantry

Get Organized Month - Organize Your Refrigerator Freezer

Get Organized Month 2009 - Organizing Your Fridge to Keep Foods Fresh

Get Organized Month - Clean out the Freezer