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A friend had a major kitchen reno and everything moved to the basement while it was in progress. Once it was finished she just brought things back upstairs as she needed them to do something. It was a great way of figuring out what was really needed or just taking up space.
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I had already given my kitchen a makeover before the challenge. Have all my measuring cups and spoons handy, as well as my scale. I found Ziploc Steam bags, and love them. I just cut up my fresh vegetables, put them in the bag and microwave - fresh, steamed veggies in 2-5 minutes. I have a 3-ring binder with my favorite, healthy recipes. Have even tried a couple from SP.
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I did almost the same. I cleaned up all the cupboards, gave away the stuff I never use and kept the stuff I need closer. The steamer is now on a shelf that I can reach easily.
As for the pantry, I cleaned it too, and putt the food I need in front of me when I open the door. Baking stuff is lower, I need to bend over to reach it. I received cookies for christmas, I put them on the lower shelf and am allowed to eat one everyday, with my coffee.
Also, I cleaned up all my recipeds, and bought a cute box with tiny note cards and tiny index files. My recipeds are now written on those cards and I arranged the box by themes. It's quicker when I'm looking for a recipe. They're is also a section with a card form each of my books and I wrote my favorites from books on them. As for the ones I want to try, I ripped them out of a magazine. They're stored by themes too, in regular files. When I plan my week, I check in those files. I try to make one new recipe each week.
It's been 2 weeks now, and I feel that I am more in control of what I eat, and am lovin' it!
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How did yours go?
I just moved into my apartment in November but was gone until January so my kitchen was in a complete state of chaos. We don't have a lot of space so things were just kind of strewn around wherever they would fit. Also, we were given a cute pink cupcake maker AND a pink ice cream maker which I hadn't found a place for yet. They were just sitting there making me crave cupcakes and ice cream! Nothing was where it should be and my everyday pantry was also full of my boyfriends cookies!
Here is what I did:
I reorganized EVERYTHING so that my most utilized gadgets were nearby. I hid his cookies from everyday view and put the cupcake and ice cream maker high up in the pantry. Their lovely pink exteriors shall not tempt me! I separated my pantry into two locations: Everyday Use and Storage/Sinful. I put all my pancake mix, flour, sugar, extra canned goods, and all my pasta back there where I don't see it and am not tempted to use it. I kept my lighter more organic options nearby for everyday use so that I am apt to use them.
I already feel better about it and feel more organized. It's a lot easier for me to stay healthy when I don't have cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and pasta staring at me in the face!
Have a great week and enjoy your challenge!
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