Friday, May 1, 2009

Spring Organizing Challenge - Week 1

Welcome to week 1 of the May Spring Organizing Challenge!! This week you are challenged to focus on your pantry and food stock. This is what I want you to do:

1. Gather your family, roommate, partner or whomever you share meals with.
2. Open up your cupboards, pantry, freezer, or refrigerator – wherever you store food.
3. Take inventory.
4. Now take a piece of paper and write out the days of the month (you can even print a blank calendar off your computer).
5. You and your committee are going to plan meals for the month using up the items that you have in your pantry or fridge.
6. Once your menu is complete, make a list of the ingredients that you do not already have in stock. Put those on a list and shop for them.
7. Now post the menu on the fridge or on a cupboard door.
8. Did you stumble across ingredients that you have no idea how to use? Either look up recipes you can use on or donate them to the local food bank.

Here are the benefits:

• You will have less excess food in your cupboards, making them less messy and making it easier to keep tabs on your inventory.
• You will save money on groceries because you are using what you already have.
• You will not be wasting food that will expire if not used in a timely manner.
• You will be environmentally-friendly because you are consuming what you already have.
• You will save money and be healthier because you should eat out less. Having meals planned out and having the ingredients on hand make it easier to cook at home.

Remember – share your thoughts!!! We all want to hear what you did, how it went, challenges you faced, etc. Feel free to email me photos of your newly organized pantries as well. Good luck and have fun!!

Meagan Farrell, professional organizer, is the owner of Clear the Clutter organizing services. She can be reached at (360) 631-7268 or at Check out her blog at

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