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Can Organizing Your Kitchen Improve Your Health?

Posted Jan 19 2012 2:51pm

I just interviewed an amazing person for our podcast show – Angela Cody-Rouget, aka The Major Mom  all about organization and how important it is to be organized. Did you know that people who are organized suffer less daily stress and are healthier overall?

Not only that, but according to the Mayo Clinic, organized kitchens can help keep your family healthier! And to get you thinking about the role your kitchen plays in your home, see the following thought-provoking results of a worldwide Gallup survey conducted by IKEA on kitchen use:

“60% of respondents across the globe cited the kitchen as one of the two most important rooms in the home. Nearly a fourth of worldwide respondents reported spending more time in the kitchen than any other place in the home. 24% of respondents use the kitchen solely for the preparation of food, 35% use the kitchen regularly for family discussions, 35% use it for socializing and entertaining, 16% for hobbies, and 15% for playing with children.

Janice Simonsen, IKEA design specialist explained that, ‘The survey really demonstrated that the kitchen can be a key factor in the happiness of the home. We found a strong connection between overall satisfaction with the kitchen and harmony in relationships with spouses and children’” (Source: PR Newswire Association, LLC). 

So not only can having an organized kitchen reduce your stress, but it can save you tons of money and time.

Have you ever…

 

  • Bought fruits or vegetables, forgot about them or lost them and have them rot in your fridge?
  • Known you had some food item but couldn’t find it when it was time to make a meal?
  • Bough way too much at the grocery store and not have anywhere to put the food?
  • Forgot something at the grocery store and had to make a second trip back to get it?

If you’ve had any of these challenges, then chances are you could use some help with organizing your kitchen and  meal planning.

Here are some of Major Mom’s top tips for organizing and meal planning:

Plan Your Meals on Sunday

So many problems can be avoided just by planning ahead. Spend some time on Sunday planning out your meals ahead of time so you know exactly what you need to get at the grocery store. That way you can get in and out quickly and efficiently and have everything you need for the whole week. Shopping just once a week can save you a whole lot of time.

Use a Meal Planning Site

There are several great meal planning sites that can help you plan ahead for your weekly meals. Just google “Meal Planning Site” and you’ll find all kinds of great help.

Two great meal planning sites are  e-mealz.com  and  hotbysix.com

Clean and Organize Your Pantry

Clean out any old food from your pantry and make sure it’s ready for the new, healthier stuff. If you haven’t eaten it in the last year, chances are you won’t eat it! So donate it to the local homeless shelter or charity to help give back to others and create the space you need to live a healthier lifestyle.

 

Want more tips on organizing your kitchen and meal planning? Stay tuned for the interview with Major Mom and you’ll get tons of amazing tips and info on how to organize and plan to reduce your stress and live a healthier lifestyle.

 

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