If you're not living in hiding then chances are you have heard of the
Marie Kondo organization method; does this spark joy, no it goes, yes, it stays.
I think the core of this method is quite helpful. I truly appreciated the folding lessons and the fantastic tips on getting things organized around the house. Which is why I decided that I was going to embark on a year of organizing.
In the last year we have moved and fully settled into our new home. So I think now is the best time to start to see if all of our things really fit into our new chapter. While I do think the core of the does it spark joy method is great. I think when embarking on my organizational journey I will extend the criteria to functionality because while the pooper scooper or my husbands 40 screwdrivers don't spark any joy within me. They do serve very functional jobs that earn them a stay at our home.
I decided to start with the pantry with the overall goal of visibility. I wanted to organize it in a very efficient and clean way. So that when it was time to go grocery shopping I could easily check the cabinet to see what we were running low on. Making the trip the grocery store stress less and swift.
I started with a few large jars to store spices in. I prefer to purchase spices in bulk. The cost per ounce is less, the packaging waste creates a lower footprint and the spices last months. I not only wanted to know what spices I had, but I also wanted to know how much I had. This made jars the obvious choice for me.
I first filled up larger jars with the spices I typically use for baking such as kosher salt, parsley, brown sugar, flour, regular sugar, etc. I used smaller jars for cooking spices like Chile powder and cumin.
The second task I tackled was cereal. While my containers only lasted a week before the youngest dropped in onto the floor cracking it. I found the clear plastic containers I choose to house the cereal to be quite useful for both my organizational goals and visual ones.
Next was pasta, which is a popular dish in my household. So we always have an abundant amount on hand. Which is why I decided that tall clear containers would be the best choice.
My last addition to my pantry to achieve organization and visual on all that it contains was adding in a few baskets to house things like popcorn or packet spices.
So far I love all of the new improvements I have made and they do seem to be doing what I hoped. I figured in a few weeks I would go back through and add or take away what didn't work and what I think might. Until then what is the one thing your pantry has that you think I should add?
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