Open up your pantry and get out your Tupperware. You're about to feel really good about yourself.
Some people gain immense happiness from organizing things. They alphabetize for fun. They voluntarily spend money on Swiffers. I am not one of those people. And yet, I understand that a well-organized kitchen, a little planning ahead, and a stragetic bit of cleaning can equal big savings.
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So even if you're not one of those people that gets bursts of joy from scrubbing mystery stains off your stove burners or labeling your flours, you can still achieve every one of these organizational goals.
Hint: Sometimes it helps if you pop open a beer first. And nothing fuels the fire of organizational fury like a cocktail. Then you can organize your bar collection! Which, if you're me, includes a shot glass I use as a jigger and some tiny bottles of Bailey's that I do not remember purchasing.
But I digress. Here are five simple and strategic ways to organize your kitchen and save money, starting right now:
1. Cut down on food waste.
Cheese is super expensive (how is that tiny hunk of Parmesan in the double digits?). This is news to no one. So when you invest in a wedge of Gorgonzola or a wheel of Brie, make sure to store it properly. Because nothing is sadder than throwing away a blue-fuzzed chunk of gold.
Don't neglect your kitchen tools, either. Take good care of them and you won't have to waste money on frequent replacements. The same goes for your Tupperware—because nobody wants to eat rice pudding out of a container that still smells a little bit like last week's tomato soup.
Do you have any tips on keeping your kitchen in tip-top shape? Reducing food waste? Optimizing leftovers? Tell us in the comments!
This article was originally published in 2015.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).