Getting your kitchen organized and in shape doesn’t just save you time when it comes to cooking, meal planning, and grocery shopping, but it could also save you a good bit of money. With a few simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to kitchen organization heaven and saving some dough!
Clean it up
Clean out the cabinets and place all the items in another room. You will want a totally new slate as you clean everything. By doing this you may find some items you lost a long time ago, or run across things you simply forgot you had, but you no longer need. Guess what? You can sell those to make money!
Organize your space
Go through the things you just removed and organize them. Put plates in one pile, cups in another, and so on. Then, go through and purge the items. Don’t keep broken dishes or other things you don’t use; they’ll only take up space and clutter your cabinets. Next, make a system for when you put everything back in the kitchen. For example, you would place cookware in one cabinet, casserole dishes on a certain shelf, cups by the refrigerator, spices near the stove, and so on. Keep working until you have a kitchen system that is easy to follow and that allows you to find what you’re looking for with minimal effort. This will help when you need to buy food or other kitchen items because you will know what to spend your money on and what you already have enough of.
Get creative with storage
You can get baskets and odds-and-ends holders just about anywhere, or you can think outside the box. That cute little basket your bath set came in from a Christmas gift? It can help hold spices. Have an unused, upright metal file organizer? Slide one in your cabinet to hold plates, paper or real ones, or use a smaller one for holding napkins. Tall tin cans can be used to store cooking utensils. This will save you money so that you don’t have to buy these things, and you can still keep your kitchen in tip-top shape.
Bring it forward
When putting things back in your cabinets, bring everything to the front. This will help you find things easier, but it also stops you from cramming too many things in one cabinet. When you do that, you lose sight of items you already have and may unnecessarily spend money to purchase more.
Make a master list
After you have everything it in its place, make a master list of items you often buy at the grocery store. Keep it on your computer. Print it out when you go to make a grocery list. Then, go through all of the cabinets, pantry shelves, and the refrigerator and mark off the items you need. By having the kitchen organized, you can do this quickly and efficiently and you won’t overspend in the grocery store.
How does your organized kitchen help you save money? Let us know some tips in the comments!