See you tomorrow for Pennywise Platter Thursdays!
We all have strengths and weaknesses and that even shows up in the kitchen. I knew two sisters who had a running joke between them about their differences. They joked with each other that one’s family starved because sister number one was too busy cleaning the house and keeping the laundry up to bother cooking anything. The other sister would create gourmet meals every night, while faces needed to be washed, laundry needed to done, and the floor needed to be swept.
Guess which sister I am like?
I love being creative in my kitchen and when you are making from scratch meals every night for dinner, you spend a fair amount of time there. That’s why it’s important to have a well ordered kitchen. Why frustrate yourself in a dirty and disordered kitchen?
Time is money and I know for a fact that I waste too much time looking for this or that in my kitchen. I want to be frugal and wise with my time management too, not just my ingredients. Also, for long term sustainability having a well ordered kitchen is an important step for keeping up on nourishing cooking. If you end up frustrated every time you cook because you can’t find anything, you may not keep cooking!
Yes, it makes great sense to have an organized kitchen, but mine is just not there right now. The cupboards are crammed, my pantry is completely overflowing with my bulk food and I know that I just need to buckle down and get it done!
So I decided that I wouldn’t do it alone. I invite you all to Spring clean your kitchen along with me this upcoming March! We will have five weeks to complete five assignments.
I will post on Monday what the assignment is with a carnival. Bloggers can complete their assignment whenever they want that week, blog about it (show before and after pictures, if you want) and join the carnival. Non-bloggers can leave a comment when they have completed it. I can’t wait! Not only will the carnival keep us all accountable, but I am hoping that we can also share good tips with each other as we organize.
And, I am even hoping to have some prizes to give away at the end of it all with each task that you completed being an entry into the giveaway! More on this soon.
This list may change a bit, but here’s the rough schedule.
- Week One: Refrigerator and FreezerWeek Two: Pantry or Food Cupboard
Week Three: Pots and Pans and One Cupboard
Week Four: The Rest of Your Cupboards
Week Five: Spices and Utensils
With my kitchen organized I know that I will be much happier and be more productive. And you may be too! I would love to hear your ideas for this series! So please drop a note with your thoughts.
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Wendy (The Local Cook)
what a coincidence! I just posted about needing to organize my pantry and new pantry space on my blog. I’m definitely more of a cooker than a cleaner 🙂
sounds good–I definitely need to get on board!
Ha! I am pregnant and heading into my nesting phase. Last week I decided I needed to reorganize my pantry and spice cabinets. Now everything is labeled and tidy! I will join you in the freezer/fridge for sure along with my pots cabinets. Ugh. That won’t be as fun.
Kimi, you have the best ideas! Sounds like fun. Way to make cleaning something to get excited about!
I was just thinking of going to the dollar store for some baskets to replace the broken ones I use to organize my baking. I think I’ll pick some more up for the other places mentioned. . . good idea!
Hmm… HUBBY actually noticed that the “weird things” drawer (utility kitchen utensils, like whisks and can openers, measuring cups and potato peelers) has… um… detritus? in it? Okay, so it’s definitely time to do some spring cleaning at our house! Of course, there would be less detritus land in the drawer if the kids would CLOSE it before measuring flour for baked goods… Ah, well, this is life!
Oh, I so need to join this one! ugh
OH, im SO on this! Especially weeks 3 and 5. I was just about to ask you for an update to your Chantal enamel cast iron pan you received for Christmas, because i am really needing to chuck the last of my non-stick stuff and Chantal seems affordable and seems to do the job well. Oh and i most DEFINITELY need to update my spices, BADLY, lol.
I have really liked the Chantal pan I have. It’s actually not cast iron though. It’s stainless steel that is enameled. It might not be as “non-stick” as real nonstick, but it’s seems to be a lot easier to cook with than just plain stainless steel. 🙂
Ohh! Got it. I still wanna buy it and try it out, lol. Thank you kindly!
This is perfect timing! I’m expecting my first baby at the end of March, and I would love to have a tidy, organized kitchen by that point in time. Sounds like fun!
Yay! I’m with ya sista’.
Beth @ The Nurturing Mama
I totally need to do this! My spice cabinet and pantry are really scary right now.
I need to join this one too ;0)
I just put that month of cleaning on my to-do list for tomorrow before reading this 🙂 We will just have to see how far I get!
These ideas all sound great, but could you add one more? Refrigerator space. My refrigerator is stuffed to the hilt with all good things needed for real food cooking. What’s a healthy girl to do? I’ve been using the outdoors all winter for my “extra refrigerator”, but with warmer weather fast approaching I’ll have to scrap that idea. Then what? Where will I put all my veggies and probiotics, etc, etc, etc? I need help. HELP!
Wonderful idea! I have interesting things stuffed in my cupboards that I picked up on sale and never got around to using because I didn’t have a specific meal plan in mind when I got them. Perhaps we could combine the organizing with Pennywise Platter’s to figure out how to cook from our pantry and use up all those odd things we discover lurking in the far corners.
Great idea! You must have been looking at my kitchen. I’m ready to start now so will clean out the bathroom cabinets.
Fantastic! I am newer to your site, but not to NT-the meatloaf recipe is a family favorite that we always serve guests. On cleaning, I just reorganized a floating utility cart last weekend so I am totally on board for the rest of the kitchen. Bring it!
I’m in too! But my son has the last two weeks for Spring Break from school so I’ll squeeze it all into the first 3 weeks. I think it will be do-able for me, since I have been in that mindset anyway. In Jan and Feb I was following other kitchen related challenges and this just follows nicely with what I have already done!