We've been massively organizing our home over here at the Small House. Part of that has been adding cleaning charts, and rearranging things to make them easier to use/keep organized. I'm writing about it more at that blog (because that's the kind of stuff I blog about), but I wanted to show one of my favorite new things here. One of the most helpful things has been the addition of this whiteboard. It helps me keep the food organized.
My favorite has been where we write leftovers. We keep all food storage containers above the dishwasher which is to the right of the board. We put the food in, then write what's in the container with dry erase (why didn't I think of this before?! It comes right off!) and then write it on the board. When the container is emptied and goes into the dishwasher (again, right by the board) we erase what's written on it (usually with a finger) and then erase it off the dry erase board. Viola! (pretend I know how to type the accent mark)
I felt we needed a picture so here's a drenched chicken happily full of worms coming up from the wet earth
I detest wasting perfectly good food, especially when I want so much to keep our grocery bill down. Now when I notice something needs to be used, like the starting-to-go-limp-broccoli, I add it to the menu. We're eating better and I'm buying less because we're using more. Except for grapes.
I'm thinking I need to make room for a list of fruit we have that I assume will be snacked on, but then isn't, so I no longer throw out delicious grapes I get at amazing prices.
It's still in progress, but I'm already seeing improvement in my attitude towards cooking and buying food and the family likes knowing what to expect for dinner.
I wanted to add this awesome except from a Relief Society newsletter from 1875 I read here (you have to scroll down a ways so I'm adding it here as a block quote to save you time because I love you). Though nearly 150 years old, I find it quite apropos for our society today and something to which I want to give more thought. Hopefully minus the self-inflicted guilt trip; forget not to be patient with myself :), right?