This week is National Organising Week from the 4-10 November 2019, set up for all members of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO). The theme this year is ‘Reducing Food Waste.’ In the UK there are 10 million tonnes of food waste each year, according to a report from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). 71% of this comes from household waste. How can you reduce your household food waste?
Avoid throwing away leftovers and surplus food by following my top tips.
- Monitor your stock levels – effective food organisation in both your cupboards and fridge will make it easier for you to know both what you already have and need to use up and items that you need to add to your shopping list. This will also help you avoid stockpiling. I recommend grouping like items together (using baskets/cardboard boxes where relevant)
- Don’t overbuy – keep track of what you have bought and used (see point 1). Buy and cook what you need. Overstocking and cooking more than can be eaten leads to unnecessary food being thrown away.
- Check the dates of foods when buying – only buy food that you can use before it expires
- Meal Planning – think about what you’re going to cook and how to use leftovers for example if you cook a roast could you use the leftovers to make a curry the following day?
- Don’t throw away leftovers – The BBC has some fabulous ideas for how to use leftover food supplies. www.bbc.co.uk/food/collections/leftovers
- Love your freezer – When adding leftover food to the freezer use airtight containers. Label with date and contents and store in reasonable sized portions to help manage your freezer stock You can also prep vegetables that can then be frozen for to use at a later date. Simply boil for 3 minutes, then put into iced water. Drain onto a tray and freeze. Once frozen add to a freezer bag and label.
I hope that you find these tips useful. Every small change can make a big difference.
Lets keep Organising!
Tracy Ross, Professional Organiser