One of my goals for this year is to simplify my life. One area I have been working on this is in the kitchen. This week I have been cleaning out cabinets and downsizing. I mean, really, did I need to keep 5 boxes of tea that were all expired? Also, I am forbidding myself from buying any plastic silverware for parties this year–I have more than enough. But, it is all nicely organized on its own self now.
One thing I have done to help simplify is a weekly menu. One of my biggest complaints about fixing dinner is not knowing what to fix. That is not a problem anymore. On Sunday, I create a menu for the week. I then look through the pantry to see what we already have for those meals. Then, I make my shopping list. That way I am not buying things I don’t need. It has really helped. The menu is posted right on the refrigerator using magnets, an old frame and a wet erase marker.
Another thing we have done is purchased Saladmaster. I am really impressed with how well it works and how easy it is to store. Growing up, my mom used Saladmaster. Mom’s set still looks great. I am hoping that I will never have to buy another pot or pan again. From the way people talk, I will not have to. Love the electric skillet. I just put in the food and pretty much leave it. So nice for trying to make dinner with two little girls running around.
Doesn’t really simplify things, but I did make some cute little label for my canisters using my Silhouette. I am really having fun with that.