Quick Tip: Un-bulk It

I owe you an apology. I've been completely remiss in not sharing this tip with you. For me it happens so naturally that it didn't even occur to me until the other day that many of you may not do this. When you make bulk purchases, do you remove the individual items from the box or bag they're in? Example - taking the cans of chili out of the bulk box. Taking the 4-pack of Kleenex out of the plastic.

No???

Well cut that out right this instant!

I've found that 9 times out of 10, you just can't organize the box o stuff as efficiently as you can organize the individual pieces. Also, in the case of boxes of canned goods in the pantry as an example, you can't really see how much or little you have of something. This creates more hassle than it's worth when meal planning and shopping because you're never really sure of what you have.

Bonus benefit? It looks much neater. In one of the pantries I worked on last week, my client told me that when her husband came home he opened up the doors to the pantry and said, "Wow! Looks great! No more boxes, huh?" Plus, as we were working together and she sees the growing pile of boxes on the floor she realized that they were really taking up a lot of space.

When you purchase in bulk, the items are packaged for efficient store display, not efficient home organization. Remove everything from its bulk packaging and organize the items individually in the most efficient manner for your space.