Cooking is really not my thing. Lane will get a play kitchen for her second birthday, and I am afraid that she will only know how to make a fried egg, since that’s all she sees me cook. I burn toast every time I make it, sometimes even setting it on fire. But I am not hopeless; I love to organize.
In my small kitchen, about half of the storage space is for dishes and cookware, and the other half is for food and spices. I guess the small size has it’s advantages. It keeps me from impulsively buying countless cake stands with sweet vintage charm, since there would be no place to put them. The lack of space does have challenges though when it comes to finding a place for storing all the food.
A lot of our food comes from the bulk bins at the grocery store. If we didn’t have a way to organize it, all the baggies of food would be piled up on one another and falling out of the cabinets. I thought about buying canisters, but when I started pricing them, it was obvious that I needed a different solution.
I decided to use glass food jars and canning jars. I like how the canning jars can be stacked. They hold nuts, popcorn, beans, rice, sugar, raisins, quinoa, chocolate chips, and whatever else needs to be contained. When the rest of my kitchen is a mess, it makes me feel better to open the cabinet and see the jars neatly lined up.
Part of the linen closet is set apart as a pantry for additional food storage. I do one major grocery shopping trip per month and load up on all the pantry items that we will need. Other weeks I just stop by the store when I need fresh milk, eggs, and produce. This has saved me so much time and work. It cuts my grocery shopping time in half, and it also lets me take advantage of sales.
I do feel better prepared for emergencies. A couple of years ago when Texas was hit by hurricanes, Doug and his friend went to the store to stock up on food. They came back with a case of tomato sauce, lots of chips, and some oatmeal creme pies. Thank goodness the hurricane never reached us! Doug ate the oatmeal creme pies anyway.