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Declutter Your Food Cupboards

teacher avatar Suzy Kell, Professional Decluttering Coach

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction - Welcome to my Class!


    • 2.

      Why Declutter your Food


    • 3.

      Assess your Lifestyle


    • 4.

      Do you have a Fantasy Life?


    • 5.

      Get Ready to Declutter


    • 6.

      Declutter your Food


    • 7.

      Organise your Food


    • 8.

      You Did It!


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About This Class

I'm so excited to tell you what I know about effective food storage. This class is for people who feel overwhelmed by the stuff in their homes and don’t know where to start. I'll tell you how to start working through your home to pass along the things you no longer need for easier cleaning, less stress finding things and tangible inner peace when you look in your cupboards. Let’s get control of our food storage!

You will learn how to:

  • thoughtfully prepare for decluttering
  • use an effective decluttering methodology
  • organise what remains
  • keep things organised once you’ve finished

By the end of the class you will have all you need to make good decluttering decisions - starting with food in your home

Meet Your Teacher

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Suzy Kell

Professional Decluttering Coach


Hello, I'm Suzy. I live in Dublin City with my husband. Nine years ago I discovered Miss Minimalist and the ‘100 Things Challenge’ by Dave Bruno and was enchanted by the thought of being in control of my space and living lightly. Suzy Kell Decluttering (formally Gentle Decluttering), my business, came about when I asked myself what my dream job would be and I said to myself, ‘it’s Marie Kondo’. My mission is to help people going though tough times - like grieving, moving home or having a baby - by offering a peaceful process for decluttering. Together we’ll create a joyful space for life.


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1. Introduction - Welcome to my Class!: No. Hi there. I'm Suzy, and I'm a professional discovery coach from artisans. I've been Melissa for the last eight years. I've been on a journey with my health into a life of stuff. We're now living in a small town in Dublin. You could find out more about what I offer my plants on my website. Jesse clattering. This class will walk you through my approaches, including the food in your kitchen, to make cooking easier to give you greater mental clarity and encourage healthier eating habits. First, we'll take a step back and look where cooking a food preparation fits into your current lifestyle so you'll know how much you'll need to buy on a weekly basis. I'll show you how to get ready to be color, and then we'll walk through the actual decision making process, meaning on what you've learned about your lifestyle for the preferences. Up until this point, once you decided what food to keep in discard, I'll show you how to capture rise to choose the right storage containers so your food is et defined and looks really nice, and your covers the classes for beginners. So no previous de cutter experience is required. I'll take you through each face step by step in detail. I won't expect to be organized, wizard. Just I look forward to telling you all I know is that food storage to make your life more peaceful. 2. Why Declutter your Food: So why would you bother to de clutter and organize your food? Ever since I put my food in boxes, I label them whenever I open my cabinets. I feel so much joy and delight. I'm so proud of myself for doing that. It makes me feel like I'm on top of things like there's at least one part of my life that's working well. I feel more in control of my home and therefore the direction of my life. Gretchen Rubin, an author who wrote a book on organization, has a rule of adult ID. Act How you want to feel by organizing your food, Preparing for key aspect of your daily life. You're willing yourself to be a better human. You are ready for life, and so you feel ready for life in a similar way. You will feel more peaceful and of greater mental clarity around food, shopping and food preparation. When you get rid of old or unused food, you're clear on what you have and what you have to work, and therefore you'll know the gaps that you need to fill. It's a lot easier to know what to get at the supermarket, so you can shop with less stress and less distractions, and so you can invite more peace into your life. No one wants you have and where to find it in your fridge or country makes it so much easier to cook at home. You save money this way both and eating at home more frequently on by not repurchasing things that you have already accidentally. I recently asked Reddit users what was their trigger to start to covering their homes, and a few people actually said that they were re buying things that they could not find but knew that they already owned. And it was finally time to do something about it. Healthy diet consists of riel, whole fresh foods, so a well maintained fridge is a big boost. Overall, body health fresh food in particular can suffer casualties in the disorganized fridge. When you food his boss dumped on top fruit, vegetables and perishables go bad under the radar, which leads to unnecessary food waste and do nobody wants to deal with goo. Lastly, when your cupboards and fridge are prepared and organized with go to meal ingredients, you could be ready for the unexpected. You can have a friend or family member who was having emergency a last minute appointment or just a crazy day at work. And you need things to be ready to grab and go. That's your food. Meet you in your time of need, Delightfully categorized, labeled and in Dave. 3. Assess your Lifestyle: The first step to de cluttering your food is to get a sense of your weekly lifestyle on what you need for us. The diet of an active personal trainer who likes to go out dancing once a week is quite different from a mother of two who works in the home and goes to a book club once a month. Take a piece of paper a map of the seven days of the week. Put down how often you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at home. Look at your calendar or phone to see how often you've had meals out in the last week to get a good idea. Here's what a typical week looks like for me. I eat breakfast at home six days of the week, usually eating brunch on a Saturday with my husband. I have lunch at home five days a week, having lunch in a cafe or in a client's. I was twice a week, a dinner at home, 4 to 5 days a week. Otherwise I need a friend or go out with my husband. Now consider the following questions. How often do you bring a lunch for school or work? Do you pack snacks for when you're on the go. How often would you have friends or family over for food? Do you cook for them, or would you rather order in? Do you travel months during the year? Where do you prepare meals before and after work? It's the more detail you can get out on paper, the better. You will be able to understand what you need to have ready to use in your country. It'll be easier to get rid of things when you know what you don't use, because they won't be able to fit in your schedule. Now think about the foods that you tend to eat a lot. One of your favorite foods. Minor Curries, avocado toast and roast vegetables. Do you have certain meals You like to prepare all the time? This. Stop 3 to 5 dishes you like to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Are these usually hot or cold in one bowl? Quick and easy. Are they spicy? I think as well about what would you do when you need to eat? But you're rushing out the door. You may have to go in a last minute business trip, or there's a family emergency. Do you have things like fruit cereal bars, quick noodles, etcetera to take with you in a rush? I like to keep microwavable coaches of Rice and Stewart home for really quick meals like this. Lastly, when you're having a bad day, what is your favorite comfort foods? Be kind to yourself. There should be a place in your cupboards for a few sweet or savory things that you love to ease is a treat. I love biscuits with some loose leave tea on vegan chocolate. Now you have a sense of what you need in a typical week and, more importantly, what you don't need. This will help you decide what food to keep, watch discard when you work on your own food cupboards. 4. Do you have a Fantasy Life?: do you cook as often as you thought that you did? Sometimes when we write down the actual details of our lives, it can be quite shocking to see how different reality is from what we thought it waas. It could be the case that you thought you cooked almost every night. But when you really look into how often you eat out, you only cook about three times per week. There's nothing wrong with that. It just means you won't need to buy and prepare a much food as you thought you did. And so you can bear this in mind when you de clutter your food when you buy fresh weekly produce going forward. If you're like me, you like to experiment with new foods that sometimes you never, ever get around to using. I once bought a huge jar of miso paste that was used once and then went moldy. I also recently watched a great fruit slowly rot that I intended to use in an avocado starter. Thanks Antony from queer right. Speaking of avocados, when they first became popular, I used to buy them and have no idea when they were ripe. I'd either cut them when they were rock hard or black inside. So many wasted avocados. Are you a fantasy baker? Do you have mountains of flour toppings? Food colorings? Be a realistic with yourself about how often you bake your skill level. And if you really have to make everything from scratch, it could be that you used to bake all the time. But now your life has changed since you moved jobs or you had a baby. One woman I worked with had great fun baking with her kids. But when we de cluttered her country, all her food colorings worth used four years out of date and needed to be thrown out. Do Jack. If you find these fantasy life foods in your cupboards that are still in date, don't automatically keep them in there. I suggest putting them in their own temporary box out somewhere that can be seen and labeling them with the to be eaten by days. Get someone to hold you accountable to this. Lastly, a problem that I had when I tried to lower my waist and eat more healthily is that fresh fruit and vegetables go off very quickly, much quicker than I had anticipated. Some can be frozen, but this usually changes the texture. This is fine for soups, smoothies or vegetables with a lower water content. My best advice is to only buy what you can eat in the next 5 to 7 days and then be a little tough on yourself. You'll get to know what lasts longer E carrots and onions on what will go bad very fast. For example, lettuce take stock of what you really need. I think again about buying deals or bargains at the supermarket that you have no plan for. These will be the ones that haunt you and turn into a tree. Big green do the back of the fridge. 5. Get Ready to Declutter: Now you have a good sense of what you need to store. It's time now to gather the things you'll need to de color. You'll need to pick a time to do this, depending on the size of your pantry or kitchen. This could be 2 to 3 hours. Maybe invite family members or a friend to help you. You might need to get a baby sitter so you can work uninterrupted. Try to think of any barriers that might be in your way and find ways to overcome them. You need to think about what to do with the food you will be discarding. I advise you to come past any food that's gone bad. This can be added to your own compost bin, a pile in your garden or a compost patch of local allotment or a farm. Remember not to put any food into plastic bags when composting, as this prevents property composition for food that's still in dates and good to eat but unwanted. Consider donating toe a local food back or offering it to friends. A resource we have. An orange is an app called olio, which allows you to post photos of the food you have to offer it to others. They can then come and collect it from you and use it up. When, when For food you want to try and use up. Be ready to cook up recipes to use your assortment of ingredients. This could be in cookbooks you have or online. You can even simply type the names of ingredients on the word recipe into Google. On relevant recipes will appear. Try us. Lastly, you will need boxes or bags to contain any food to be donated, as well as a cleanings bringing cloths to wipe your cupboards clean after you take the food . For me, it's usually cinnamon dust and maple syrup goo. Mm, crusty. 6. Declutter your Food: it's time to de clutter. Firstly, think about the size of this task. Think about how maney cabinet countertops, fridge ready, even drawers that you have food in. We have a tendency to overestimate what we can accomplish in the time we have. It's called the planning fallacy. My advice is to estimate what you think you can do now. Either have the workload or double the time. I mean is consider working on the kitchen and stages, only taking out what you can put back in during your available time. This is key to avoid getting overwhelmed if you don't already have your food group together in categories, for example, spices, breakfast, baking rather than choosing a cupboard or shelf to work on. She's a category and find all the food items that belong to that category. This means that if you have five counts of vegetable soup, you can see them together and choose how many you realistically need. Take all of the items from that category out onto a table counter or even the floor. It helps to see the food in the new staffing to disassociate it from the norm. It also means that you could wipe down the surfaces from where they were stored and get them ready for later. Don't put the food back until the end of the session so you can get a better sense of where you might reorganize and store things. I said it before, but it's an easy decider. First, remove anything expired and gross. Where possible. Scoop foods out of their containers and into the compost bin. Wash glass or metal containers so they could be recycled. Don't worry about getting your hands dirty. You often need to make a mess before you can make things pretty. Designate piles for the food to keep expired, to donate or give away. And also foods should be in a different location. For example, Christmas baking supplies that could go on a higher shelf, pick up each food one at a time. And think about whether or not you are likely to use this food in the next two weeks by asking if you would eat it. In the short term, it jolts the mind to consider it with greater reality rather than the fantasy feelings that we discussed before. Be sure to review your schedule on lists of your favorite meals you've already created. When considering which foods to keep, make sure to focus only on decluttering food. At this stage, if you have pots and pans nearby or baking spatulas in the same cupboard, now is not the time to declare her those. This has had to avoid getting overwhelmed. Keep it to food only for now. Once you've gone through all of the food, which may take a few sessions, don't worry too much about how to store them. Just generally keep like with like in the next video, I'll talk about how to choose the right storage boxes and have to keep your food organized . 7. Organise your Food: now that you think father it. I bet that loss of space has opened up for you to store your food really nicely. The best thing you can do is to store things that go together in one place. You can decide if you would rather do this by type of food. For example, all grains and starchy foods together like rice, pasta and oaths. Or you can organize by function. For example, taking all your baking supplies together like flour, vanilla essence and chocolate chips. Once you have your groupings, draw pictures of your cabinets, rage and drawers on a piece of paper. Write down the names of your food categories on post its or use a pencil in the spaces available on your diagrams. Move them around if you need to place things logically beside where you would use them. For example, I keep my oils and sauces on the side of the coverage that is next to the cooker. I do the same with my spices on a higher shelf, put what is used a lot of the front of the cabinets and on lower shelves so they could be access more easily. Boxes are great weight organized foods. They allow you to easily group things, and you can get the food at the back without knocking things over. You just simply pull the MASH. Measure the height, whip in depth of your cabinets and shells. Write these down on your diagram. Browse online for boxes that would fit the dimensions. You've got to work with an estimate how maney could fit in a row. Consider secondhand options for boxes on the materials they're made of. Some will be easier to clean and others easier to recite. Consider jars for storing food in aesthetically pleasing way. You can buy glass jars or purchase larger peanut butter containers or saw stars that can be reused once you finished with them. Just give them a quick wash when you're ready to go a wonderful final touches to label your boxes and containers, you can use normal white paper labels or labelling machine. Though the tape can be quite expensive to buy. See if you can find one secondhand online. I have chalkboard like labels on my boxes, which allow me to wipe off the names and write new ones. If I like, I have a chalkboard marker, which I love for this because it's really precise. Now all that's left to do is to step back and admire your work Lovely. 8. You Did It!: you did it. If you've been following along with de cluttering steps as we've gone through this class, you'll now have a tidy pantry and fridge. The last step is to tidy up. Bring out any rubbish you've gathered. Deposit food in the compost bin on any packaging in the recycling bin, you wipe down surfaces, so put these cleaning supplies away. Now contact friends, family or organizations you want to offer food to on. Be sure to tell the people you live with and share food with where you've stored everything so they can help keep things in order and also so they could ease. Before you forget, make lists of things you need to get from the shop the next time you there, you have now successfully assessed your lifestyle of food preferences for your title necessary. Dude organized them for easier preparations made kitchen to be cracked. If you would like to find out more about what I do with my clients, check out my website gentle. Be shuttering dot com. Have a look at the testimony there. I also have great stories and photos on Instagram account in Facebook page you can find be sure to follow my channel on. Still because I will be working their way around the house in future classes with Vice Stainer to each different household categories room. Thank you for watching. I can't wait to see photos of your tiny covers.