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I am NOT a New Year’s Resolution kind of person. I mean, sure, I’ve made them a time or two in the past cause that’s just what people do. “Hope springs eternal!” and all that. But, in the last 10-15 years, I haven’t made any resolutions that I want to try to keep.

But this year? This year, I’m going to try. There are things in my life that have been bothering me for a long time and I’m finally in a position to do something about it. While I’ve been making little moves towards accomplishing these goals, it’s time for a big effort. It’s time to say out loud to myself, my husband, my kids that I want things to be different. So call that a New Year’s Resolution. Call that a goal. Call it whatever you want. But it’s time for a change.

6 things I'm doing to be more organized in the kitchen text with kitchen sink in background

This month, I’m going to focus on being more organized in the kitchen. I don’t mean:

  • Alphabetizing my spices
  • Making sure all my tomato sauce cans face forward in the pantry
  • Building additional storage for staples

But I do mean:

  1. Using up the food I have before buying more. I have a bad habit of buying too much of certain shelf-stable items – namely cereal and cake mixes.
  2. Getting rid of the storage containers & baking pans that I just don’t use. I don’t have many of these – I already consider myself on the minimalist side, but I do have some.
  3. Paring down my recipe collection just to those that we LOVE. If I’m not going to make it, why keep it around?
  4. Getting rid of spices that are old (stale!) or not used.
  5. Getting myself on a rotating menu plan, full of our favorites and meals that are easy for me. I’ve done this before when we were going gluten-free and dairy-free and it was a lifesaver!
  6. Actually writing out my shopping list each week- every single thing. I already plan my meals. I already write down the things that I know I don’t have, but I haven’t taken the additional step of writing down ALL the things that I need and then actually checking to see if I need something. I’ve been making too many misses being certain that I had enough tortillas or rice or refried beans. But I was wrong.

What would it mean for you to be more organized in the kitchen? Some resources that might help you:

Goal: Be More organized. Not in a My spice drawer is alphabetized kind of way, but in a stop going grocery shopping 4 times a week kind of way.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.

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