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Good Health Starts in an Organized Kitchen


Organizing and productivity ideas to help you experience the simplicity, harmony and freedom of being organized and in control.

Good Health Starts in an Organized Kitchen

Sue Becker

As the most frequently used room in most homes, the organizational state of your kitchen can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Having an organized, functional kitchen provides a great way to stay on track with your health goals, and provides a calm, relaxed atmosphere that contributes to positive mental health as well. Make your life healthier, easier, and more energy filled with the following organizational tips:

Choose glass over plastic every time. Place chopped and ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits in glass containers at eye level in your refrigerator to make healthy snacking an easy first choice. This also makes it easy to prepare a personalized salad for everyone’s tastes in your home. Glass containers are not only a safer material than the plastic containers your fruits and vegetables may have arrived in, but they also make food visible, easy to heat if needed, and can be used repeatedly.

Place leftovers on the top shelf of your refrigerator so you don’t forget about them. This cuts down on waste and allows you to benefit from your efforts in the kitchen over multiple meals.

Place vegetables and fruits in separate drawers of your fridge so you can easily assess what you have and what you may need to replenish in each category. This is also a better option for prolonging the life of your vegetables, as the ripening agent in some fruits (enzymes) can prematurely ripen and spoil nearby vegetables.

Place all oils and vinegars together for easy access while cooking, and so you can easily see what you have on hand v. what you may need to restock.

Place all grains (rice, pasta, quinoa, oats) together in your cabinets.

Place all canned goods together, subcategorizing as needed (beans, tomato products, fruit, etc.).

Place all less-than-healthy snacks on a top shelf so you have to work harder to get them.

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Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,