Lest you think I'm actually talking about nutrients, because I did in fact devour half a bag of Trader Joe's Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramel Balls today...
Digression aside, I'm not speaking of macronutrients and micronutrients (though the MyFitnessPal Premium version of the app has been helping me track my specific daily macro goals so far in 2017).
I'm speaking of my approach to organizing and how I begin with the macro (big picture) and work down to the micro (small details). A common trap I see with my clients is thinking either too big picture or too much into the details. It takes a delicate dance of both to execute successful home organization in any area.
I shared on a Facebook group tonight called Ann Arbor Mamas Network about pantries which I've grown to recently love. I hope you gain something from my insight into my macro/micro approach in this area of the home.
Here's a pantry I worked on yesterday that is in progress... about 3/4 of the way through.
Here is my basic approach to a pantry!
1) First step: throw out expired food and be ruthless with dates and things you know you don't want to eat again, or don't look appetizing. ;) This creates space.
2) Pull out the majority of what's left in the pantry onto a nearby table, bench, etc. Separate it into basic categories - grains, cans, baking, snacks to name a few. I call that the "macro" organizing. Big picture categories. Why do I suggest taking stuff out? A few reasons...
a) you've probably been looking at stuff in the same spot for so long that you no longer see it. Moving it forces you to take each item in your hand and make a decision about it.
b) it's your chance to wipe those grody shelves down or replace shelf liner!
c) you have a prime opportunity to remove unhealthful items and call a local health coach like Liza Baker to Flip Your Kitchen.
3) Next comes the micro organizing. Determine which shelf/area is for grains and separate them into noodles, rice, and other mixes. Determine which shelf/area is for baking and keep that stuff together. Determine among the cans how you can further organize - in this pantry, for example, I separated into corn, beans, and tomato products.
Make temporary "labels" with post-it notes and try out that system for a week before you commit to buying products, labeling with a label-maker, and determining permanent "homes." See how it flows and if you like it!
When I go back to this client this weekend, we will have the containers purchased and fit these categories into things that can be contained so the mess doesn't spread.... At least not as easily! ;)
These are some baskets she already had, and we are ordering about a dozen more.
I ❤️ doing pantries!!!