Has this happened to you?
You go grocery shopping, you get home your tired. You just want to sit for a minute, but you can’t, you have groceries to put away. You start to put the groceries away and there is nowhere to put the stuff that you just bought. Your cupboards and/or pantry are so cluttered that there is just no room to put anything away!
The thought creeps into your mind, that maybe you can just leave the groceries on the counter. Just make them part of your kitchen decor. No, that’s not what you think.
What you do think about is how last night when trying to figure out what to make for dinner you could not find anything.
How you just gave up and ordered take out instead.
How could you not have found something to make for dinner when your pantry and cupboards are so full?
You continue to put your groceries away. You have to shove things aside to put the can of beans away that you just bought. Only you realize after you shoved the stuff aside there were already 6 cans of beans in the back of the cupboard?
Does this sound familiar at all? If it does you are not alone! This was the norm for me. I would shop for groceries bring them home only to have nowhere to put them. There was just no organization in my kitchen.
I had no idea what was in the cupboards/pantry! I would just buy random ingredients that I needed for a recipe. Later when found it would have already expired or I would just throw it out because I knew I would never use it. Not a budget-friendly pantry! Not budget-friendly living! I knew that to get a handle in my kitchen I needed to get organized. I started with the pantry.
How to Create a Budget-Friendly Pantry
The first step is to stock your pantry. How do you decide what ingredients to stock in your pantry?
Deciding what pantry essentials you need in your pantry is pretty easy actually. Take some time and create a list of some of your families favorite meals and recipes.
What do you make on a regular basis? For example, we make pasta at least once a week so pasta is a staple in my pantry.
This list includes staple ingredients that I keep in my kitchen.
Create your own PANTRY STAPLES list with this free printable.
The next step in creating a budget-friendly pantry is organizing it.
Now you know what to stock in your pantry. It’s time to organize it in a way that you know where everything is. No more multiple cans of beans and wasted food!
Next week we will talk about how to create an organized pantry on a budget- inexpensive ideas to organize your pantry.