March 4, 2013 in Simple Living Weekly Challenges
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Ready for another month of simple living habit creation? Have you been following along for the last few months?
If you are new to the blog feel free to join in today or take a look at what we have been up to.
The basic idea is to create simple living habits, each week of the month we do a different challenge. Each of the 4 weeks is something that needs to be continually happening in simple living so if you do them each once a month you will be set. …but back to this week.
Week 1 is the big cleaning out week!
… and the challenge for this month could end up being a big one..
Simple Living Challenge Week 1 – De-Clutter… trash and donate
For this challenge you are going to need dark chocolate and a cup of tea (… or if you have another food vice you can get it). In case you don’t have a stash like me I have included links…. I have the tea sitting beside me helping me type and I am dreaming of chocolate.
… but back to the challenge.
While you are in the kitchen hunting through the cupboards what else do you see?
The challenge for this week is to go through all the food in your kitchen (or house if it applies to you).
- How long has it been there?
- Do you have plans to eat it?
- Do you know how to eat it?
- Are bugs in it? …sorry… but it’s possible.. and it happens with food that sits there forever.
- Is it expired?
- Is it past it’s useful life (spices)?
- Is it healthy… but you hate it… so you just have it in the cupboard to make you feel better?
It is sad, but most of the extra food in your kitchen probably needs to go into the trash. It is okay to throw perfectly good food in the trash if the alternative is letting it sit in your cupboards until it is crawling with bugs or expired.
Throw it out now and save space.
If there are things in your cupboard that aren’t open but you either don’t like, don’t want to cook, or purchased to much in bulk that can be donated, get it to your local food bank before it is past it’s useful life.
For the Future
While you are at it, set a limit for how long you want to keep food in your kitchen. 2 weeks (fresh things)? 3 months (most things)? 6 months (spice.. things)?
It is good to have a few days (or up to 2 weeks) of food in your house in case of an emergency but that could be in rice or potatoes. For the most part I think it is best to purchase food for 1-2 weeks at a time – eat it- and then shop for some more.
Not only is this best for food – flavor and nutrition, it is much better for planning, organization, and kitchen space.
Maybe you can even find some extra space in your kitchen you could use for other things?
We are in limbo now moving to China, but in our apartment we used very little space for food… there just wasn’t that many cabinets and we needed what we had for dishes. It really helped me practice this idea.
Make a Plan
If you have extra food that you do want to eat up make sure to set it somewhere in the kitchen that will remind you to eat it or shop for things you need to cook with it. Eat up what you have and then worry about doing big shopping trips. (this could do your monthly food budget wonders depending on your kitchen)
Before you get started, do you know of someone who would benefit from these challenges? The beginning of the month is always a good time to start (something just seems fresh about it). Send them the link or use one of the social media buttons on the side to let them know about it.
Also, if you haven’t signed up for the RSS (and gotten the free book) make sure to do that. Then you won’t miss any of the challenges!