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Is you Pantry in a Wad?

 

Tell me if this is you..

You plan to make pasta for dinner.

Gregory Bourolias - photo-1449791898646-5a6fdfa4b4dd
Photo by Gregory Bourolias

You come home from work; start dinner only to discover you don’t have any pasta.

OK plan B you can make what????? You can’t find anything. There are cans, boxes, bags and containers in a mish mash.

You are sure you bought some mussels. Great you can make mussels marinara. Where are they? You just have to find them; they should be in the freezer. Nope there are not any mussels. Lots of chicken, but you don’t have time to make chicken.

In a rush you order pizza instead and go to the grocery store after dinner, soccer and dance.

Budget and diet blown!

Slices_of_thin-crust_New_York_style_pizza

Tired, rushed and frazzled you go to the grocery store to buy food. But you don’t know what you have or what you need. You know you don’t have pasta. By the way last week you favorite store had pasta on sale.

I ask this because this has happened to all of us. But if you organize your pantry you can save money and time.

Time because you will be able to see at a glance what is running low and know what you have.

Money because if you know you are low on something you can purchase it on sale. Did you know grocery stores run sales on a cycle? They do.   Soda is always on sale near a holiday in the summer months. Sugar is always on sale near thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter because of the holiday baking.

OK lets talk about organizing your pantry. Think about what you use.

If you will take a little bit of time now you can save time later. I reorganized my pantry in less than 1 hour.

One shelf for canned goods. Put like items together in a row try to put the newest cans in the rear. Boxes on another row and so on.

Also keep your cereals and other frequently used items in airtight clear containers to keep them fresh and to easily see when you are running low.

pantry 1after

I have an Ikea cart that holds my potatoes and onions. When I am ready to cook I roll the cart over to the sink to wash and peel. Also, I don’t have to search the bottom of my pantry to find the lost rotten potato that is stinking up the place.

I also have a running shopping list. When I open the last jar of mayo I put mayo on the list.  I can then watch for a sale and not run out.

Here is a link from Your Own Home Store showing grocery sale cycles. Grocery Sale Cycle

I love your comments.

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Posted in clutter, family, Organizing

Simply Sunday – living with kids

A question that keeps popping up is how to contain the toys in the living room?

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An answer is a piece of furniture that has closed storage. That might be your accent table with a basket below or a storage ottoman if you have room.

Don’t allow you living room to become the toy room. Limit the amount of toys allowed there at any time. There is no reason you can’t have your kids store their toys in their room or their playroom. They can bring toys into the living room and then take them back when they are done with them. Or you put them in a tote or basket and put them away.

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Another thing I find frequently is kids have too many toy options. Limit their options. Try rotating their toys. Let them choose say 10 to play with and you put the rest in a tote. If you do this say every month your kids will feel like they are getting new toys without you spending any money. Plus you limit the amount of clutter. Kids don’t play with all their toys. Think about when you go to grandma’s house. She has limited toys and they play just fine with those.

I see lots of stuff you buy your kids when you are shopping as a bribe to “be good.” Stop doing this! You are wasting money and adding lots of clutter to your life. While they may scream and carry on that they want a toy in the store how long does that toy entertain them after you get it home? Right there is no need for this. Just say no. Your kids have trained you that every time they go with you they get a toy. Guess what you are not doing them or you any favors. So you buy them a cheap toy that is cheaply made. It breaks soon after they bring it home. Another melt down that it is broken. I bet if you added up all the money you have spent on cheap toys you would be able to pay a sitter.

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Just like don’t shop when you are hungry don’t take your kids when they are hungry or tired. Give them a snack before.

Take something with you to keep your child engaged. Younger kids need one of their toys or a book. Older kids can help you shop.

I love the tips and ideas from creative with kids. I have attached a link

13 ways to make grocery shopping with kids less torturous or maybe even fun

One of her tips is to Indulge in Grocery Store Fantasy – Good for when the “I wants” come up. You ask questions like: “OK, if the grocery store only carried three things, what do you wish they were?”  “What if we could only eat candy? Wouldn’t that be funny? What would you eat for breakfast?” Of course you are not going to let them eat marshmallows with chocolate for breakfast but it is a fun game.

Another parent suggested that her kids love to guess how much fruits and vegetables weigh and then put them on the scale. As a result they eat more fruits and vegetables.

Now in most places you can do your grocery shopping online. You know that must be something that was invented by a mom, to which we say thank you.

What are your tips for living and shopping with kids.

Pam's Bee.jpg

#momlife #clutter #organized #livingwithkids #shoppingwithkids #grocery

Posted in clutter, family, Organizing

Simply Sunday – living with kids

A question that keeps popping up is how to contain the toys in the living room?

child-toy-takeover-427824_960_720

An answer is a piece of furniture that has closed storage. That might be your accent table with a basket below or a storage ottoman if you have room.

Don’t allow you living room to become the toy room. Limit the amount of toys allowed there at any time. There is no reason you can’t have your kids store their toys in their room or their playroom. They can bring toys into the living room and then take them back when they are done with them. Or you put them in a tote or basket and put them away.

toys in cubbie7109983281_5e52fc9bc4_b

Another thing I find frequently is kids have too many toy options. Limit their options. Try rotating their toys. Let them choose say 10 to play with and you put the rest in a tote. If you do this say every month your kids will feel like they are getting new toys without you spending any money. Plus you limit the amount of clutter. Kids don’t play with all their toys. Think about when you go to grandma’s house. She has limited toys and they play just fine with those.

I see lots of stuff you buy your kids when you are shopping as a bribe to “be good.” Stop doing this! You are wasting money and adding lots of clutter to your life. While they may scream and carry on that they want a toy in the store how long does that toy entertain them after you get it home? Right there is no need for this. Just say no. Your kids have trained you that every time they go with you they get a toy. Guess what you are not doing them or you any favors. So you buy them a cheap toy that is cheaply made. It breaks soon after they bring it home. Another melt down that it is broken. I bet if you added up all the money you have spent on cheap toys you would be able to pay a sitter.

grocery shopping-5046645416_0a4c0722de_b

Just like don’t shop when you are hungry don’t take your kids when they are hungry or tired. Give them a snack before.

Take something with you to keep your child engaged. Younger kids need one of their toys or a book. Older kids can help you shop.

I love the tips and ideas from creative with kids. I have attached a link

13 ways to make grocery shopping with kids less torturous or maybe even fun

One of her tips is to Indulge in Grocery Store Fantasy – Good for when the “I wants” come up. You ask questions like: “OK, if the grocery store only carried three things, what do you wish they were?”  “What if we could only eat candy? Wouldn’t that be funny? What would you eat for breakfast?” Of course you are not going to let them eat marshmallows with chocolate for breakfast but it is a fun game.

Another parent suggested that her kids love to guess how much fruits and vegetables weigh and then put them on the scale. As a result they eat more fruits and vegetables.

Now in most places you can do your grocery shopping online. You know that must be something that was invented by a mom, to which we say thank you.

What are your tips for living and shopping with kids.

Pam's Bee.jpg

#momlife #clutter #organized #livingwithkids #shoppingwithkids #grocery

Posted in family, Organizing, Uncategorized

Is you Pantry in a Wad?

 

Tell me if this is you..

You plan to make pasta for dinner.

Gregory Bourolias - photo-1449791898646-5a6fdfa4b4dd
Photo by Gregory Bourolias 

You come home from work; start dinner only to discover you don’t have any pasta.

OK plan B you can make what????? You can’t find anything. There are cans, boxes, bags and containers in a mish mash.

You are sure you bought some mussels. Great you can make mussels marinara. Where are they? You just have to find them; they should be in the freezer. Nope there are not any mussels. Lots of chicken, but you don’t have time to make chicken.

In a rush you order pizza instead and go to the grocery store after dinner, soccer and dance.

Budget and diet blown!

Slices_of_thin-crust_New_York_style_pizza

Tired, rushed and frazzled you go to the grocery store to buy food. But you don’t know what you have or what you need. You know you don’t have pasta. By the way last week you favorite store had pasta on sale.

I ask this because this has happened to all of us. But if you organize your pantry you can save money and time.

Time because you will be able to see at a glance what is running low and know what you have.

Money because if you know you are low on something you can purchase it on sale. Did you know grocery stores run sales on a cycle? They do.   Soda is always on sale near a holiday in the summer months. Sugar is always on sale near thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter because of the holiday baking.

OK lets talk about organizing your pantry. Think about what you use.

If you will take a little bit of time now you can save time later. I reorganized my pantry in less than 1 hour.

One shelf for canned goods. Put like items together in a row try to put the newest cans in the rear. Boxes on another row and so on.

Also keep your cereals and other frequently used items in airtight clear containers to keep them fresh and to easily see when you are running low.

pantry 1after

I have an Ikea cart that holds my potatoes and onions. When I am ready to cook I roll the cart over to the sink to wash and peel. Also, I don’t have to search the bottom of my pantry to find the lost rotten potato that is stinking up the place.

I also have a running shopping list. When I open the last jar of mayo I put mayo on the list.  I can then watch for a sale and not run out.

Here is a link from Your Own Home Store showing grocery sale cycles. Grocery Sale Cycle

I love your comments.

Pam's Bee.jpg

 

#dinner #pantry #organize, #grocery #momslife  #beeorganized #overwhelmed #disorganized #family #realmom  #motherhood # truelife; #mom #kids