Food Storage & Organization to Minimize Waste

by Landis Carey on April 19, 2012

Have I mentioned one of my biggest pet peeves is letting food spoil? It saddens me to empty a container of this or that or to throw wilted whatever into the compost, even when I know it’s not headed for a landfill. I think about the wasted money and the miles that item traveled for me to just let it go bad.

Organizing fresh and bulk items in a way that helps you waste less in the kitchen is really important, and that’s mostly why I don’t over-shop at the grocery store…that and we don’t have the storage space for much. And with only two people to feed (have I mentioned we’re still waiting on Baby Carey’s arrival?), it can often be quite the challenge to keep up with even the smallest grocery trips.

I love this post from Lifestyle Organizing company Appleshine, it’s all about keeping a fridge stocked like it’s a little grocery store: “labels out, produce in the drawers, condiments in the side, butter up top.” Sounds fun, right? I’d like to add a few organization tips of my own:

  • Organize your pantry, cupboard and refrigerator with the oldest items most accessible so those will be used first.
  • Peruse your inventory (staples included) before heading to the grocery so you know what you have. How many times have you gotten to isle 10 and wondered if your stock of rice will get you through the week?
  • Keep a running grocery list in your kitchen so when the time arrives to plan your shopping trip, you’re already organized.
Those are my suggestions, what are yours? Please share!

(Image: Landis Carey)

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Amelia (Appleshine, Lifestyle Organization) April 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I love seeing your newly organized cupboard- nice work! Your extra tips for an organized pantry are super helpful. And thanks for the kind words about Appleshine :)

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Landis Carey April 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

Yay for Appleshine!

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