Simplify Your Life #2 – Kitchen
Did you know that decluttering your kitchen can actually increase the amount of money coming into your life and help you lose weight?
According to the laws of Feng shui, the kitchen is connected to wealth and so have a clean and organized kitchen is connected to your finances being organized and allows money to flow in.
And according to my health coach friend Claire Stone, the same applies to health and weight loss. If you have decluttered your kitchen of junk food and other bad stuff you are more likely to be successful when it comes to losing weight and sticking to a healthy diet – stands to reason really, temptation is removed.
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Meal plans don’t work me me blah, blah, blah. Yeah right, what this really means is that you haven’t found a way to make it work for you or you’re too lazy to try and make it work for. It also means that you are wasting time and quite possibly money because meal planning is the most economical way to run your kitchen.
It also frees up your head space, you plan once at the start of the week then you don’t have to think about it again. I have had clients that have adamantly refused to meal plan but eventually tried at and when they made the conscious link to brain space and meal planning, that was it, they are all over it like a rash on a baby’s bottom.
It can be as simple as having a theme for each day, say Meatless Monday, Pasta Tuesday, Stir Fry Wednesday etc. Breaking it down into smaller steps, so at least you already know on a Tuesday that you’ll be having some kind of pasta. The decision has already been make, one less thing to think about.
Mix and Match Ingredients
To cut down on food waste think about what you will be eating over the course of the week and try and find common ingredients, so if you buy a bag of aubergines, you maybe use the first few at the start of the week in a pasta dish then finish the others off in a tagine at the end of the week.
This might sound obvious but after working with people who weren’t doing this, maybe it isn’t that obvious after all!
I’m pretty sure you are like me and don’t have 3 hours to slave over a hot stove every night. I want meals that are:
- Quick to prepare
- Healthy and nutritious
- Uses for the main part, whole foods
- Minimum equipment needed in preparation and cooking which means minimum washing up!
I do have Jamie Oliver’s 15 minutes meals, which I love but man! That guy uses every piece of equipment in the kitchen, 15 minutes to prep and cook, 60 minutes to wash up, not good Jamie, not good.
The other thing I like to do is to make a big batch and make it last two meals. I have a tiny freezer so freezing meals for later doesn’t really happen but I do often make a batch of say chilli con carne and use it for two night in a row but serve it up differently.
Over the past few years I have collected the recipes that everyone in the family loves and that hit all the criteria above. They are listed in a notebook in evernote, so I can access them whenever I need to. Only tried, tested and loved recipes make it to the special notebook!
This makes meal planning super easy, I just look through the notebook, there are about 40 recipes, I only need 5 during the week so we don’t get bored either.
Are you Time Efficient?
My mother-in-law insists on going to the supermarket everyday, she believes that the food is fresher and it is better to do it that way, plus if you go later in the day you can grab the discounted bargains. For someone who likes to get sh*t done and make the very best use of my time, going to the supermarket every day is not the best way for me.
Now this is a very personal choice but one that bears thinking about. Not only does it take me an hour to do the round trip to the supermarket, I know it takes an hour because I have gone as far as timing my trips, have you? So, not only does it take an hour away from my work time, I’m not doing any money generating activity at that time.
So, going to the super on a daily basis would actually mean I lose money. The most effective way for me is to do a big shop at the weekend, we go as a family and we have nailed the speed shopping since we all hate doing it! And then mid week I will pop down to the shops and pick up anything we are running low on. I combine this with my exercise for the day so it is a double win.
Look at your current grocery shopping habits, I’m not saying you have to do it the same way that I do but there may well be a more efficient way of tackling the shopping, look at it from a different angle. Maybe ordering online would be better, it might cost you a bit more but it might save you 2-3 hours a week.
Take a good look at what you actually use in the kitchen, what don’t you use? Get anything that doesn’t get used on a regular basis out of there. There is no point holding onto kitchen appliances that you never use.
Also think about where you keep everything? Is it in the most sensible place? Do you end up using all the curse words in the dictionary when you try and take the frying pan out?
These may seem like small insignificant things to look at but it all adds up, so it is worth taking some time to actually think about your set up! Here are some Brilliant Hacks For Your Small Kitchen and this post will help you decide what your kitchen can live without.
You can also grab the Fabulous Fridge eBook which will help you set up your fridge for the most efficient and economical way