Monday, 29 February 2016

How to organise your kitchen cupboard


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.



Product cleaning

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.

Your shelves

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/
Products and food items

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.

25 comments:

  1. I think cupboards in Hawaii pose a special challenge for cleanliness. Cans rust, leaving rings of rust on the shelf below, because there is so much humidity here, plus maybe if you live close to the ocean, salt in the air. Also, our houses are open to the elements, so there is wind and dust and oh yes, bugs. I can't imagine cleaning cans to put them away. However, I always rinse off cans before I cook, and I rinse out any pots or pans or utensils, because we have geckos (lizards) that live in our homes and eat bugs, and of course, bugs. And both leave dirt, poop, and sometimes die, yes, in our cabinets. I know this may seem horrifying to people who live elsewhere, but we don't have a brutal winter to cause insects and other creatures to hibernate. So, we have special issues no matter how much one cleans. Plus some houses are too close to the agricultural fields and they get red dirt. And we have vog - volcanic fog, and ashes from sugar cane burning plus other dirt floating in the wind. I wrote a blog post about cleaning on Maui - actually several. Because it's messier here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I may have a few tips that might help with your situation, that will come next week, on part 2 of this post.

      Delete
  2. My hubby and I just reorganized our cabinets this weekend. Feels so good to look in and be able to see everything easily! We definitely have to do a better job of moving the new products to the back and bringing the older to the front so that we dont end up throwing food away. Great tips!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I guess is just a matter of getting used to it, then you will do it without realizing!

      Delete
  3. I'm so bad about just "dumping" things in the cupboards and shelves... you have given us great organizational methods! Everything should have a place - thanks for the tips!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm organazing all the stuff in our kitchen by their expiration day so nothing goes to waste haha :D

    <3: Jasmin N | littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am on mission decrapify. Just when I think I finished getting rid of stuff in the kitchen I find more stuff I can get rid of. Feels AWESOME!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love the word DECRAPIFY! I will be using that in the future! hahaha

      Delete
  6. My cupboards... Hmmm. I am not sure they're incredibly MESSY, there is just a lot of stuff in them because I get a lot of product sent to me and I just hate having stuff OUT on the counters and what not.

    I guess what's messy is this ONE DRAWER I have with a bunch of puts and pans, gah! That drawer is a CLUSTER FLUFF and there is NO WAY to organize it! - womp!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am sure if you powered through you could manage! ;)

      Delete
  7. I love this! I am all about practicality and functionality when it comes to decor, so these tips totally speak to me.

    ReplyDelete
  8. These are some fab tips! I'm really ocd about my cupboards and where things go! Fab post xox
    Jenny | borntoblend.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  9. that is a great article. To be hones I don't organize anything in my cupboard. I just put the stuff in...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great tips ! Though currently as I live at home Mum has her own system.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well when we are in someone else's house we just follow whatever they want. Hehehe

      Delete
  11. Some great tips. I need a system for my canned foods, we tend to over buy and then forget about them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you meal plan more or less, it should reduce you the cans you buy, and maybe when you get them at home, you can make labels with the date big at the top of the can so you can't miss it. I don't know, just a suggestion!

      Delete
  12. We keep our cupboards pretty neatly and divided into pasta / sweet snacks /salty snacks / cans. And in those cases the expiry dates are so far away that we anyway finish everything on time :D Everything else in the fridge and some veggies/fruits outside.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like you have a lovely system working there! :D

      Delete
  13. We've always lived in old homes (American old, not UK). So, I guess not THAT old, but about 200 years. Dust is impossible in these homes, and anything stored above the cabinets-Uck! So gross. Anyhow, thanks for the posts. I read the one for the fridge too, and appreciate your dietitian take on these. I recently posted "7 Reasons I Started Tidying my Home," if anyone wants to check it out :). Cheers!

    ReplyDelete