I don’t know how you do things in your household but in mine everyone helps put away the groceries.

We’re a large (ish) family – 3 kids, 3 cats, 2 adults.  Our weekly grocery bill is anywhere from $200 – $300 dollars depending if we need to fill up on diapers, wipes, toiletries, and general household supplies.  Toilet paper is expensive, y’all.

Did I mention that this large (ish) family lives in a small (ish) house?  I’ve seen ensuite bathrooms bigger than my kitchen.  5 people in said kitchen trying to follow my instructions because I’m slightly anal-retentive about where things go?  Think the Griswold’s meets the old lady who lived in a shoe.

While I can’t change the size of my kitchen I can attempt to mitigate the chaos.  Welcome to my Grocery Hack

It all starts at the supermarket. 

I place my items on the belt in ‘groups’ of items, each group being separated by empty space.  

I tell the clerk that YES I need bags (they are great for dirty diapers and daily litter  box poop’n’scoop), and my groceries are separated by the bags they need to go in.  Bonus: They don’t really teach clerks how to pack groceries anymore – telling there how you want it will eliminate the risk of bursting bags or – worse yet – bags that are too heavy to carry!

Each group represents a shelf, cupboard, or area said items are to be stored.  Pasta shelf, Breakfast shelf, Snack shelf.  Kitchen freezer versus basement freezer.  Upstairs bathroom, downstairs bathroom.  Clothes for Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3.  Ingredients for that night’s dinner.  Produce that can go directly in the fridge.  Produce that needs to be washed and cut and then put away.  Baking goods – premixed.  Baking goods – Bulk.

Funny Grocery Picture I saw on Facebook

This guy could be J-F (Funny picture I saw on Facebook)


Once I’ve (and by “I” I mean my husband) brought in the bags I become a traffic director sending kids and husband to freezers, bathrooms, and pantries with bags in hand, knowing that even if they do the lazy thing and just DROP the bag in the proper room (or freezer) I can empty the bags and move things around in the freezer when I’m no so tired and hungry.  ‘Cause who doesn’t come home hungry from the grocery store?  

End result? 

Groceries, in our household, are unpacked and put away in 5 – 8 minutes.  Our record is 3 minutes.  Which is good because I still need to make dinner and the wee ones both have poopy diapers… again.

Next time I go to the washroom I’ll move the giant package of TP from in front of the cupboard to inside the cupboard.