One of the busiest places in your home is your kitchen. This should be a place that is organized and clutter free so that you can create healthy and nutritious meals for your family.
Having a spot for healthy snacks - for you and the kids - is really important - not only for your health - but also for instilling healthy habits in your kids. By having a bowl of fruit or nuts available - instead of chips and other non-healthy food - you are setting your kids up for success in their future.
Your kitchen counters should be cleared off so that you have ample work space. Any appliances that you do not use every day should be stored in another area.
Go through each drawer - one at a time - pull everything out and lay it on the counter. If you have multiples of an item, decide how many you really need. Do you really need 8 wooden spoons or 6 tongs? Get rid of the duplicates and things that you really don't need or have never used.
By doing this for each drawer you will have cleared out and paired down your kitchen in no time.
For your pantry:
Take everything out of your pantry and place it on a table.
Get rid of any expired food or anything that you don't use.
Sort like items with like items - for example: all of your beans, soups, sauces, condiments - should all be placed together on the table.
Once you have everything out and know how much of each item you have - then you can decide how many and what type of containers (baskets, jars....) you will need.
You could also add some turntables or stepped organizers as needed.
Put everything back into your pantry- grouping like items together.
By having things grouped together you will know what you have at a quick glance.
For a great article on how to store your spices - read:
16 Ways to Store Your Herbs and Spices
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