Time Saving Kitchen Prep

by Jodi Costa
Saturday, June 04, 2016


t happened just yesterday. I planned out a week's worth of meals and then filled out my shopping list accordingly. Off to the grocery store I went, Satrbucks in hand and a song in my heart. But when I got home, that’s when the progress came to a screeching halt. Starbucks empty. Song gone!

Before I left for the store, I knew I should finish up the dishes in the sink and remove the last few science projects in my refrigerator.  

After a week of opening and closing the refrigerator door, grabbing things out and tossing them back in, things get a little unorganized in that big box that keeps my food cold! And the sink. Well, that is just laziness on my part. 

My first mistake was expecting to cheat Father Time by racing through my to-do list and skip steps that I know should be done. I could have easily asked one of the kids to clear the sink and another to prep the fridge before I got home from the store. That could have removed that task off my already full list and had the little rugrats earn their keep. 

Usually, before I leave for the store I do these two things that save me time and frustration when I get home. And each time I don't, I regret it!!

Here are a few things you can do (or have someone do) to ensure bad words do NOT even cross your mind.

REFRIGERATOR - Straightening up the refrigerator only takes about 5 or 6 minutes. Sometimes less. Find the small little chunk of cheese and put it back in the cheese drawer. Remove the one carrot that fell out of the bag and is now a science project. Downsize some leftover containers which makes a lot more room for the new additions coming. 

SINK - The second thing that makes my homecoming more welcoming is an empty sink. All dishes put away and nothing out on the counter. Afterall, I am going to fill the counter with bags and bags (and bags and bags) of groceries. The empty sink is now ready for my produce wash, which I can’t wait to tell you about soon. 


What time saving kitchen hacks do you have? I'd love to hear them! 

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