What do you get when you have five people who share a tiny kitchen, one of whom is an avid grocery shopper and keeps way too much food on my hand?
Answer one- my family.
Answer two- no space.
At the best of times, our kitchen is cramped. It’s not that it’s a small space, it’s just that someone (me!) buys food. A lot of it. And it’s taking up way too much space!
Part of the problem is that I buy in bulk. I try to avoid going to Costco too often because of the crowds, so when I do go, I find it necessary to buy pounds of bananas at a time.
Or huge bags of spinach.
Or 24 apples.
Yeah… I might as well admit that I’ve kind of taken over the kitchen, and I don’t think my family is very happy every time they open the fridge and there’s no place to put anything because my 4 pound container of strawberries takes up an entire shelf.
There’s also the matter of the family eating my food. Don’t get me wrong- I don’t mind sharing my food with my family. But when I buy something specifically for a recipe and I come home and it’s gone? Not amused!
I grabbed a container that we already had in one of the cupboards and put as much of ‘my food’ as I could into it.
(I got into the habit of writing my name on my food when my brother’s ex-girlfriend devoured everything I bought- ugh, don’t even get me started on that situation)
All of the food that no one else in the family eats- my peanut butter, oat bran, protein powders, and other ‘weird food’ that freaks my family out went into the container. I even labeled it. Naturally, I had to decorate it.
It’s meant to be a joke… but also to avoid situations where I spend 15 minutes looking for rolled oats to make granola and find out that they’re gone
I also tried to organize the ‘other people eat this food, but let’s be honest, it’s mostly me’ stuff in a shelf in another cupboard. Grains, almonds, dates, tahini are all kept here for now.
Slowly but surely I’m working on organizing my stuff and giving my parents back some of their kitchen
Do you share a kitchen? How do you keep it organized?