Organizing Your Kitchen
Successful diabetes management isn't just about eating well and testing often. Staying organized goes a long way toward helping you feel as in control as possible. That includes your kitchen! Susan Weiner, RDN, CDE, MS, CDN, and Leslie Josel, certified professional organizer from T.V.'s Hoaders: Buried Alive visited dLifeTV to get you on the right track!
Here are some great tips from Susan and Leslie to remember when organizing your pantry:
- Heavy, bulk items should be on the bottom, with treats at the top and out of immediate eyesight.
- Think "shoulders to knees" to knees when placing your everyday items on shelves.
- Remember First In, First Out when adding new items to your pantry. Place the news items behind the ones you want to use first.
- Check the expiration dates for all items. Spices, for example, tend to last just 1 year.
- Corral like items, such as vinegars & oils; nut butters; spices; crackers, etc.
- Apples should be stored in the refrigerator if they are going to sit out for more than 6 days.
Ready to get your pantry or fridge organized and diabetes-friendly? Check out these items used by Susan Weiner and Leslie Josel. All items can be found at The Container Store.
- Narrow Fridge Binz Tray, Clear
- Wide Deep Fridge Binz Tray, Clear
- Wide Fridge Binz Tray, Clear
- Divided Deep Fridge Binz Tray, Clear
- Expand-A-Shelf, White
- Small Tote, Frosted
- Large Tote, Frosted
- Small Undershelf Basket, White
- Medium Undershelf Basket, White
- Large Undershelf Basket, White
- LinusTM Wide Open Cabinet Organizer, Clear
- LinusTM Narrow Open Cabinet Organizer, Clear
- Our Accessory Box
- Our Boot Box
- Our Men's Shoe Box
- Our Shoe Box
- Our Sweater Box
- PEVA 24-Pocket Overdoor Shoe Bag, Clear
- Single Turntable Stainless Steel
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