"Mom, Why are we so Poor?" (Novel Idea for Staging a Kitchen)

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resourceful not poorCrazy as it might sound, what's the best way to clean up a kitchen? Not have so much food lying around! Living in America we are the land of excess, over-eating and over-indulgence. Not adding to it seems almost un-American!

But a simple tip to staging a kitchen would be to actually just eat the food you have and not add to it until you have to. Seems weird to some. I have opened up refrigerators and seen so much food you couldn't stuff in another leftover. Cabinets so chalked full of half eaten bags of chips and cereal boxes that the food bank down the street would be over flowing had you only given half that food away.

When we moved across country of course we took very little food. A couple bags of flour, sugar, some basics, etc... but the refrigerator literally had only 1 gallon of milk from the local convenience store and a couple cans in the pantry.

Heading out to Sam's Club (oh I miss Costco!) to finally stock up after being in town for 24 hours my son says to me, "mom, why are we so poor?" ... I turned around in the car and said, "WHAT? Why would you say that?"

He replied, "Because we don't have any food".  We had to laugh a little considering we were headed to the staging a kitchenstore just then to reassure him we were not on poverty's door step. But think of the implication that's relaying to him. No food in the house, even for one day, and we were considered poor.

I vowed personally to myself I would not be one of those families that crammed so many left overs in the fridge you forgot what you had and continued to buy more. We have done very well at the goal of eating what we have, saving leftovers for the next day's lunch and using up the food first before buying anymore. This got me thinking about how clean and neat my kitchen looked. Not "Sleeping with the Enemy" organized of course but clean enough to emit a well-staged kitchen.

We haven't left items in the fridge to get moldy before tossing them out. We have eaten the food we have. Made menu's to consume just what we purchase before buying more and it has actually left me with a more frugal and resourceful feeling.

The "take away" here is not just for yourself but your clients. If they are moving anyway, tell them to clean out their fridge well for the listing preparation, then consume only what you buy and don't buy more until you have eaten it all. It will save money, time looking for items, and maybe give your environmental bone a little tickle.

Just say'in!

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Joan Valverde
GRI, CDPE, Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Fores
Synergy Realty Group Inc

Tammy,  I like your blog,  and oh do I overstock!!!  BUT when it is a good deal, I buy like it will never go on sale EVER again.  Now that my kids are older and gone, I have cut back..  We do our best to eat leftovers!!!

February 14, 2011 12:05 AM
Tommy Taylor
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor
Taylor Properties & TexasForSale.net

This post comes with great timing within my household. My wife and I just finished a "debate"(over a year in the works). I wanted to start making a menu at least a week in advance and go grocery shopping just for the things we needed in order to make all the meals on the menu. After only 2 weeks of doing this my wife loves it. We are more organized,  have less waste, save money, and it makes it a lot easier for me to come home and occasionally help out with dinner before my wife gets home(this is her favorite benefit).

February 14, 2011 10:35 AM
Diane McDermott
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC

Tammy, this is such great advice and I admit something I never considered going over with sellers but it really does make sense!

February 17, 2011 05:10 PM
David Zeff
RE/MAX Realty Group

I don't like to keep extra stuff in the house either but you would never be able to tell if you looked around.  I do one lump shopping trip every 30-40 days and stock up on everything I would need to get me through that time period.  It's amazing how much time and energy it saves overall to do it at once but when it's time to re-up.....man oh man does the kitchen look EMPTY!

March 02, 2011 04:45 PM
Tammy Emineth
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing

Sorry I let this blog slip away from me. Christine, STocking up is one thing, stocking up when you haven't used the previous opened box of crackers and keep throwing things away is where I draw the line . :)

Lori, Thanks, I try and keep it trimmed down and eat it up for the week

Kathy, that is crazy isn't it? Ha

Dawn, Thanks! :) I love all the fun stuff he says

Joan, eating leftovers is my bane, I really don't like it but I try hard to or I just put them in my husband's lunch! HA

Tommy, Making the menu has been my life saver for about 8 years now. I love it and feel stressed when I don't make it.. once in a while we break it but it keeps you from spending money on eating out too.

Diane, thanks, It's a great unknown tip that most don't think of. :)

David,. Thanks for the comment! wow! Every 30-40 days?? What about Milk? I have to buy 5 gallons each week for the 4 of us and there is just no room for more then that.


March 02, 2011 06:26 PM

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