Welcome to week 4 of my 52 Things in 52 Weeks Declutter Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today and remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.
When you declutter something in your home that has been driving you crazy for a long time, it can be one of the most rewarding achievements. It may sound so simple and quite boring, but just imagine getting rid of all that paperwork that you have piled up on your overstuffed study desk, or getting all your laundry finally washed, sorted, ironed and put away from the pile that’s been sitting in the spare room for so long. Don’t underestimate the power of a good declutter! It can have such a positive effect on your health and well being of your mind, body and soul.
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Decluttering Task #4
Not only can expired food waste so much space in your fridge and pantry, but it can also be very dangerous if the expired food is consumed. You don’t want a salmonella outbreak to deal with, and you definitely don’t want the food to be accidentally consumed by your children who don’t know any better! Don’t risk food that is past its used-by date, purge it all and only keep fresh food in your fridge and non-expired cans and other items in your pantry!! Now is the perfect time to get rid of expired food. Get it done before the kids go back to school.
TODAY’S TASK: PURGE AS MANY OUT OF DATE FOOD ITEMS FROM YOUR FRIDGE AND PANTRY BY FOLLOWING THESE STEPS:
Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit!!
- Check all used-by dates on all your cans, packaged products all condiments in the fridge.
- Purge anything that’s out of date.
- If you have more than one package of something and you know that you won’t use both in time, purge the older product or give it to a friend who will cook with it.
- Organise your fridge by putting similar things on the same shelf.
- Make sure everything is in clear view of its expiration date.
- Rearrange your fruit and vegetables in a way that you can use the oldest produce first so that it doesn’t go off. You can use plastic sealed containers to organise your fruit and vegetables too.
- Use airtight storage containers to help keep things fresher in your pantry and fridge, and also help with the visibility of your food products.
ORGANISED FRIDGE INSPIRATION
An organised fridge not only makes things easier for you when it comes to preparing meals, but it’s also very important to avoid food contamination, which can make you very sick. It’s not too difficult to organise your fridge to suit your family’s needs.
READ MORE: How to Organise the Fridge and Keep It Tidy
ORGANISED PANTRY INSPIRATION
This is how my pantry is currently organised. I can honestly tell you that if you keep your pantry well organised, you won’t miss any out-of-date products and you will stop wasting money on food items that you never get around to cooking with because you forgot that Beef Broth carton that was hiding behind the flour and sugar.
READ MORE: Organised Pantry Inspiration