This is not a post for decluttering or OCD freaks (even though I am one of them! ;) ). This post is a dietitian's point of view on how to best organise your cupboard in a healthier more hygienic way, and with that saving money too.
This post is part 1 of a 2 parts series. Next week on Monday part 2 will be posted here on the blog.
When you come back home from grocery shopping, before you store your goods, grab a damp cloth and clean them before putting them inside your cupboard.
Do not put them in there wet. The point is to remove the dust and any other dirt that is on your product before storing, so the other products don't get contaminated too and thus create an awful smell in the cupboard.
According to decor we tend to get things just because they are pretty but we tend to forget the functionality and practicality.
Ideally shelves should be of a smooth material, that is resistant and impermeable. This will avoid mold and bacteria gathering on your shelves and around your goods.
The lowest shelf should be at least 25 cm from the floor, this way floor dust will not go directly on your food.
If you have movable shelves, put them ideally 10 cm away from the wall, avoiding this way any dirt from the walls to go to your food.
|Taken from: http://kosheronabudget.com/31-days-of-decluttering-day-17-kitchen-cupboard-food-storage/|
Should they be stored together?
Of course not!
Cleaning, hygienic, perfumery and chemical products must be kept away from food items.
If possible different cupboards that have a gap or something separating them is ideal.
Why? Well, imagine if for any reason a bottle of your chemical products bursts... It will contaminate the food and you might not notice. Even if you do, depending on the chemical and the food it might not be something you can wash off, and once ingested can be highly toxic to you and anyone that eats it.
Order of expiry date
Yes. We tend to buy new items of food and just put them in the cupboard in front of whatever is left in there.
If you think about it, you are leaving the products with a more recent expiry date to the back and consuming first the ones that will expire much later.
With this you will waste products and thus waste money.
What to do? I know it is tedious to get everything out of there and put the newer items in first and then the older ones in front, but that is the way not to waste by literally throwing away good food.
How do you organise your cupboards?
Do you use any of these tips?
Leave me a comment letting me know.