Week One- How to keep your kitchen stocked.
I am going to post a weekly series on Saturdays about stocking different areas of your home. If your like anyone in my home, NOBODY our famous little person that runs around used up the last of everything. Especially when it comes time for me to use the product.
Nothing aggravates me more than going to the bathroom and there is no toilet paper. ANYWHERE. That is always super fun to yell for someone to throw you some toilet paper.
Or waking up early in the morning before the kids to have your coffee and quiet time, only to find out that you have to refill the sugar jar.
So, I have implemented into my list of lists, a chart for saturdays to fill my household stock. I chose saturday’s because that is my “free” day. I don’t homeschool and my husband is home so I get as much done for the week on this day.
Sundays’ I like to focus just on our family. I only do one load of laundry on Sunday to keep our focus on God, Church, and our family.
My first section to complete is the kitchen. I have made a list of what needs to be filled. For example, the oatmeal area with toppings, coffee area, and the snack area. I like to see what is in the fridge as far as condiments. This list is separate from my grocery list, but if I see I am out of something then I put it on our grocery board.
Nothing is worse than thinking you have snacks left only to find out the teenager ate them all the prior week. That does not make for a happy preschooler or toddler ,teenager (or husband).
My first idea was to make up a chart to put in my TTD binder. (That stands for Things To Do. I am big on abbreviating and keeping everything simple.)
I think that keeping track of how often I fill my containers will help me with my grocery budget. On one hand sugar is always on my list once a month to purchase as well as chocolate chips. On the other I don’t go through as much oatmeal or cranberries. I am trying to develop a tracking system along with this chart.
The chart is really simple and easy to make. Create a list of ingredients down one side of the page, create lines to separate each ingredient you want to keep track of, and then mark down a total quantity number to the right. Include what you have in the kitchen currently and in the stockpile area. This way if you like to keep 3 bags of sugar on your shelf, you know if you are getting low.
If the container that I keep in the kitchen needs to be filled, I circle all of the tally marks, and when I have finished going over my checklist, I count the tally’s that are circled and then fill the container’s.
I use a simple notebook binder that I use for my daily list of chores. To me, a lot of different printouts and such are timeconsuming and I lose them. When I am finished with my binder and all of the pages are filled, I save them…always as a future reference of what used to work for me!
ON any given day life is subject to change. I let God lead me one day at a time.
If you have any kitchen ingredient tracking system comment below, I would love to hear different ideas.