The New Year is here, and with it comes the opportunity to set new goals and resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to eat healthier, but it can be challenging to stick to that goal when your kitchen is a mess. That's why we've put together this nutrition blog to show you how to organize your kitchen pantry in three easy steps, using only organization containers from the dollar store. Not only will this help you meet your healthy eating goals, but you'll also save money in the process!
Step 1: Assess and Declutter
The first step in organizing your kitchen pantry is to take a good look at what you have and get rid of anything that is expired or that you don't use. This includes old cans of food, expired spices, and any snacks that are past their prime. This will not only free up space in your pantry but also helps you to focus on the foods that you will actually be using to meet your healthy eating goals.
Step 2: Organize by Category
Once you've decluttered your pantry, it's time to organize it by category. Use the dollar store containers to store different types of food such as grains, snacks, baking supplies, and canned goods. Label the containers with the contents, so you can easily find what you need. This will not only make it easier to find what you're looking for, but it will also make your pantry look more organized and visually appealing.
Step 3: Utilize Vertical Space
The key to a well-organized pantry is to make use of the vertical space. Dollar store containers come in different sizes, shapes, and designs, so you can use the smaller containers to organize spices, nuts, and seeds, while larger containers can be used to store bigger items like bags of flour or sugar. Use shelving to stack the containers and make the most of your vertical space. This will not only make your pantry look more organized but also help you to find what you need quickly.
By following these three easy steps, you'll be able to organize your kitchen pantry on a budget and make it easier to meet your healthy eating goals for the New Year. So, go ahead and give it a try, you'll be surprised at how much a little organization can improve your kitchen experience and help you stick to your healthy eating resolutions.
One additional tip to keep in mind is to regularly check and maintain your pantry organization. It's easy to let things slip back into disarray, but by taking a few minutes each week to check expiration dates, put away stray items, and make sure everything is in its proper place, you'll be able to keep your pantry organized and running smoothly.
Another thing that might be helpful for you is to have a designated area for healthy snacks and to make them easily visible and accessible. This way, when you're looking for a snack, you'll be more likely to reach for something that's good for you rather than something that's not.
Organizing your kitchen pantry can be a great way to help meet your healthy eating resolutions. By using dollar store containers, you can easily create a functional and visually appealing pantry that will support your healthy eating habits. Remember to regularly check and maintain your pantry organization and make healthy snacks easily accessible. Happy New Year and Happy Organizing!
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Audrey Butler, MS, RDN, LDN is a Dietitian in Chicago who helps individuals implement a nutritionally-balanced diet to feel healthy and energized. As a vegetarian nutritionist, she knows first-hand what the journey is like to implement a nutritionally-balanced diet, vegan diet, vegetarian diet, and plant-based diet located in Chicago.