This episode exposes 3 myths when it comes to meal planning… take a peek to see if these sound familiar!
This episode explores the questions to ask when considering the ‘meal planning’ option. Before we run out to start the journey, let’s find out if we are ready!
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Oh The Pantry!
You know that space … where the chef of the home can go to create …and dream and… provide delish meals for the family… That Pantry!
I dream of a large walk in with a place that will hold everyday food items, stockpile supplies, menu plans, cookbooks with recipes, food inventory lists and ample space for large appliance storage! A girl can dream, right?!
The reality is … I do not have a walk in, nor space to hold everything I want in a single space. But, I do have a very modest pantry with several shallow shelves SO I am able to house a little bit of everything. This also means there are other spaces where I house all needed items in order to maintain my kitchen (that will be a different topic for a different day).
When I moved into my current home, I downsized in all areas to include the kitchen… with that downsize went the walk-in pantry… So I chose to say “Hello”, to small spaces!
This is an honest pic of my unorganized pantry when I first moved in …
I quickly found out that the systems I used in my previous pantry (which was a walk in) did not work in my current pantry.
The systems I used before consisted of risers for canned goods and plastic pull out drawers that contained items that I could see easily in my previous space by pulling out the sliding drawer. In my new space the risers did not fit properly (to narrow of a space) and the drawers would not pull out completely. I dealt with it for as long as I could and decided enough is enough – time for a Small Pantry Organization!
I took inventory and decided what the must have items were and what I absolutely HAD to have there… and added on nice to have and this is what I came up with for RULES :
1) Must be functional, above all !
2) I must be able to know at a glance where everything is located.
3) The space must allow other members of the family to put away/get out grocery items without having any difficulty.
4) Visually appealing – This was my nice to have!
I was able to organize with Dollar Tree bins (most of which I already had) and Dollar Tree canisters and containers.
This is what my pantry looks like now – Take A look!
I also filmed 2 YouTube videos – One BEFORE and one AFTER The link to those are below!
I filmed a short video of my pantry BEFORE :
I filmed a short video of my pantry AFTER :