Have you watched Getting Organized With The Home Edit on Netflix? If you have any interest in home organization or are curious to watch two very spirited Nashville-based home organizers declutter and redesign celebrities’ closets and pantries, this is the show for you.
The many benefits of decluttering
The truth is – whether or not you consider yourself a very organized, methodical person – you can benefit from systematizing frequently used spaces in your home. After all, it will be easier for you to find things, it will be more aesthetically pleasing overall, and it can create a peaceful feeling, compared to the chaotic feeling that can come from being in a cluttered space.
Can an organized kitchen help you make healthier choices?
However, for individuals on the Serotonin Power Diet, kitchen organization is also a wonderful way to inspire and reinforce healthy eating. You can save time that would otherwise be spent searching for missing ingredients for family meals. You can display and highlight nutritious foods and serotonin-boosting foods, while tucking away foods you wish to avoid. Plus, it will be easier to see what you have and what you don’t have when it’s time to go to the store or order your groceries online.
Here are 10 tips to help you organize your kitchen to inspire healthier eating:
- Compartmentalize. Put similar items together, such as breakfast foods, grains, canned goods, snacks, sauces, etc. in your pantry. In the refrigerator, create a section for leftovers, sauces, fruits, meats, vegetables, dairy and drinks. In the freezer, separate meats from vegetables, desserts, breakfast foods, etc. Label what you can, especially in the freezer with dates, for quick identification of items.
- Give away, store or dispose of what you don’t use. Space in the kitchen is valuable. If you haven’t used something in years, it’s probably not worth keeping, or at least keeping out of storage.
- The most nutritious foods should have the best real estate in the fridge and pantry or cabinet. When healthy options are right in your line of view, you are more aware of them and more likely to eat them.
- Keep pre-portioned snacks within reach. Carb snacks are essential on the Serotonin Power Diet because, when consumed at the right time and in the right quantity, they boost your brain’s serotonin, helping you feel satiated and elevating your mood. Count or measure your carb snacks once every couple of weeks so you can grab and go when you are rushing and don’t want to veer off course.
- Make it visible. Use clear glass containers wherever possible to store food so you can easily see their contents. You can purchase some mason jars or collect empty marinara sauce or pickle jars for soup or salad storage.
- Display fruit on the counter as a reminder to incorporate nutrient dense goodness into your daily life.
- Remember, out of sight, out of mind. Keep tempting foods in harder to reach and less visible locations, making it slightly more difficult to remember or access.
- Stock your fridge, freezer, and pantry with healthy staples. Canned beans, diced tomatoes, pre-washed lettuce, quick-cook grains and frozen veggies are all great items to keep around.
- Alphabetize your spices. The more easily you can find the right seasonings, the more likely you will use them, and the better your meals will taste!
- Keep it up. Spend 2-5 minutes each day putting anything left on the counter back where it belongs
We hope some of these tips will give you some peace of mind and help you stay on track to reach your health and wellness goals. For those of you who are pros at kitchen organization, we’d love to hear your favorite tips, too!