<img src="https://certify.alexametrics.com/atrk.gif?account=Kp9Uh1aon800iJ" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="">

Lifestyle Tips

Breaking down the latest research on Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition
Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Mary Perry, MS, RD, LDN
on September 07, 2023

I always have a laundry list of home projects on my to-do list that often get pushed to the back burner due to lack of time. One of my goals over the summer months was to start tackling some reorganization projects around the house. The first was the 20 or so tubs of clothes that have been sitting in my attic. With four girls we are grateful to be inundated with hand-me-downs, but it can get overwhelming to sort through them, organize and label by size and donate the ones we won’t use. I’m sure everyone has a project on their list that feels this way. Even though the hardest part is getting started, I always find the reward of feeling accomplished and organized is completely worth it.

Fast forward to my kitchen which was another to-do-list item before going back to school. A couple weeks ago I took some time to clean out the fridge, wash my shelves, throw out expired foods, reorganize and vacuum my pantry, and deep clean the counters and drawers. Trust me when I tell you that having your kitchen space organized, and tidy is a game changer for eating healthy and planning ahead. Here are some reasons to add this to your to-do list and why science supports having an organized space too.

  1. Knowing What You Have Makes Meal Planning Easier: How many times have you gone to the grocery store only to come home with several items you already had on hand? Going through your refrigerator and pantry regularly allows you to see what ingredients you have, what you need to use before it goes bad, and what you need to buy. I also find that looking through my refrigerator and pantry allows me to get a bit more creative at putting ingredients together and planning my meals ahead for the week. This also saves money on buying unnecessary items.
  2. Keep Like Things Together: This might sound like common sense, but when you're rushed for time it’s easy to just throw things in the cabinet or fridge and close the door. This can lead to things becoming unorganized quickly, having duplicates in different spots, or items that go bad because they got shoved to the back of the fridge. Have designated spaces for your pantry items and give everything a place in the fridge. Having like things together and visible makes meal prep more efficient and easier for everyone in the house to know where things go.
  3. Declutter Your Counters: Having an organized and decluttered kitchen makes cooking and cleaning easier. The kitchen often becomes the place where everyone piles their stuff from papers and mail to dirty dishes and plates. If you have a hard time navigating through your space because your counters are filled with clutter it can make it more challenging to cook and makes you less efficient with your time. Plus, studies have shown that when your eating environment is less cluttered and chaotic, you eat less, so decluttering is good for your waistline too!

    Ideas to declutter your counters:

    -Relocate appliances you use infrequently that might be taking up valuable counter space.

    -Keep condiments and spices off the counter by hanging a rack on one of your walls or over the pantry door.

    -Move papers, mail, and junk to a designated space in your entryway or drawer. If that is not possible consider one of those upright mail organizers and store it on an exterior counter to keep it away from your main prep space.

    -Move produce from the counter to a drawer. I recently saw a feature where countertop produce like onions, garlic, and even avocados that don’t need to be refrigerated could be put into removal bins and stored in a deep island drawer. Food for thought, but just don’t forget they’re there!

  4. Consider Containers and Storage Organization to Optimize Efficiency: Using clear plastic containers and storage organization for cabinets and drawers can help you maintain an efficient and decluttered space. Using air-tight canisters for ingredients and spices and labeling each jar helps to avoid forgetting what is inside. You would be amazed at the level of things you can do to organize even the smallest spaces from drawer dividers, pantry basket and bins, shelving, and even magnetic wall holders for utensils. You don’t need to invest a ton of money but a few google searches on optimizing your space and you would be amazed at the possibilities and what you can do with items you already have on hand.


Tackling any project, no matter what it is can feel daunting and hard to start, but the reward is well worth it. When it comes to your kitchen, investing the hours upfront to organize and declutter will result in future hours and money saved on being more efficient in your space. Your health will thank you too!


Let Us Know What You Thought about this Post.

Put your Comment Below.

You may also like: