• Livia Ly, MS, RD, LDN

Declutter Your Kitchen and Achieve Your Health Goals 

Updated: Jun 27

Your Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Kitchen And Making Healthy Eating Easy


If you are always reading our Nutrily articles, you probably know by now that we love talking about productivity. It’s because if you learn how to be productive, you can more easily achieve your nutritional and health goals.



Many people struggle with disorganization. And, while some think they can succeed amidst the chaos, this disorganization can end up costing a high price. Getting your life in order is a key step toward boosting creativity, decreasing stress, and promoting effectiveness.



MINIMALISM
How can you clear clutter from your life? In the era of abundance in which we live it is easy to create clutter. There is a new trend among young adults called minimalism. A minimalist is a person who strives to avoid accumulation and unnecessary purchases. When people seek organization of their environment and donate unimportant objects, they increase their productivity and promote sustainability.

Changing lifestyle to focus on health is a big deal. It usually involves planning ahead, grocery shopping, cooking, communicating with family and friends, and finding time to exercise. It can feel overwhelming at times, but there are ways to make the transition easier. A good place to start is -- decluttering your kitchen and dining environment to set you up for success. Start with one drawer at a time, one small step at a time every day. Download our Summer Planner to work on your goals. True wellness is grounded on repeated practice and a dedication to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle.


In this article, you will find three steps to having an organized kitchen, so that you can start focusing on buying & eating healthy food.



Our Holistic Weight Loss group coaching program starts on June 20, 2022. Our first week we are going to address your kitchen & grocery shopping list organization.


 

1. START


  • Donate: unnecessary kitchen gadgets and unhealthy food.

  • Recycle: plastic containers and objects with BPA.

  • Toss: any items from your pantry, fridge, and freezer that have expired.

  • Clean: your fridge, freezer, stove, microwave, oven, cabinets, and drawers with nontoxic cleaning products like 70% alcohol, baking soda, castile soap or a vinegar-based cleaners. Here are some products we have tried before and recommend: Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner, Biokleen Natural All Purpose Cleaner, and Grab Green Kitchen Power Degreaser. Also, add dusty or greasy dishwasher-safe objects into your machine.

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2. ORGANIZE


  • Make healthy food visible: by storing healthy snacks and fresh food at the front and

center of your fridge and pantry or in any storage bin that is convenient to grab-and-go.

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  • Pre-pack: ingredients for crockpot meals, salad bowls, breakfast smoothies, or overnight oats.

  • Store: fresh food properly. Do not overcrowd your fridge or pantry so you can allow air circulation. Also use the method first in, first out, where you place the first to expire to the front to be used first to avoid unnecessary food waste.

  • Clear: your countertops to motivate you to cook healthily more often. It’s common to leave out a lot of appliances on our countertops, such as toasters and blenders while creating clutter.

  • Have a table: because eating in front of the television or computer can lead to mindless eating that makes it harder to tune into satiety levels. Enjoy the company of your family and friends or sit and enjoy a moment of solitary peace as you eat.

  • Separate: foods by food type. For example, the baking stuff on the top shelf, then grains and beans, nuts/seeds/snack foods next, followed by dried herbs, spices, and condiments, canned and jarred goods on the bottom, etc.

  • Create a list: by using Evernote or Alexa to create a running checklist of healthy foods.


 

3. PLAN



NEXT PURCHASES

  • Healthy foods that your dietitian has suggested for you.

  • Magnetic containers, hooks, racks, and bars to hold spices, utensils, pens, and coupons.

  • Reusable chalkboard labels to identify foods and to date leftovers and blanched-frozen foods.

  • Nontoxic pans, containers, and other kitchen objects (silicone, nickel-free stainless steel, pure ceramic or lead-free enameled ones, and glass materials are the best options)

  • Shelf dividers to split one shelf into two. Baskets and trays are ideal for keeping "like" things together. Cabinet door hangers and hooks are also great tools for tidiness inside cabinets.

  • Here are some suggestions:

32-oz mason jars

Shelving

Spice rack

Bins, more bins

Drawers

Drawer dividers

Food storage

Pantry organizers

Over the door

Can rack

Under shelf basket

Shelf divider

Woven baskets, paper rope with wood handle baskets, and modern metal baskets

Large labels, regular size labels


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AVOID

  • Buying in bulk to avoid food waste, especially herbal teas, dried spices, dried beans, flours or oils – these can go rancid or, spoil easily or lose some of its powerful nutrition properties.

  • Buying unhealthy foods and bringing them home. Especially the ones that you tend to overeat.



 

Our eating environment plays an important role in our health journey, so take a few moments today to choose a step or two to tackle. By making just a few of these changes, you will help yourself to be more mindful of your food choices, as well as make your kitchen work for you.


Join our Holistic Weight Loss group that starts next Monday (June 20, 2022), transform your health, and lose weight as a consequence of a better life.


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