Pantry Organisation

I always know my pantry should be more organized. And that’s was it. Nothing done for a long time.

Until this MCO when we couldn’t go out but to stay at home, I wanted to do a few mini projects so that by the end of MCO and CMCO, those days were not wasted but filled with memories and a few projects accomplished.

One of the few mini projects that I have on my list is pantry organization. I spent a lot of time over the long Hari Raya break browsing on internet and watched lots of YouTube to get some ideas on how and tips to organize pantry.

I saw few things that I like and also things that I should avoid, what suits my kitchen cabinet and practical to use. I want clear and transparent containers, with no prints and design, no other colours except white. It has to be in square shape to save storage space.

  1. I measured my kitchen cabinets, its length, height and depth and looked for products that fit into those measurements.
  2. I browsed through the products online in Lazada and Shopee and read the review on the products and sellers.
  3. Follow the seller. You may get seller vouchers and notified of seller promotion.
  4. Check on bulk purchase discount. I bought 4 items from the containers seller as they offered 13% discount for purchases of 4 items and above. It turned out cheaper that just buying 3 items.
  5. Get delivery voucher for shipping fee discount as most items were shipped from China. The shipping fee is quite costly.
  6. Check on credit card promotion. There are promotions with Citibank, CIMB, Maybank, etc.

 

1st Phase: Spice Jars

Since I have to cook during this MCO, I used these items more frequently now.

Before

I wanted standard, clear bottles for spice storage and I bought these 12 pieces of square glass spice jars from Lazada. It came with proper packaging.

Caps and airtight lids to keep spices stay fresh longer.

Wash and dry before use.

I’m getting quite a number of questions on these spice jars since I posted it in my IG and FB. My friends love them too. I bought it from Lazada under seller “PickEgg”. This item has been sold out, replenished, sold out and the last I checked, it was replenished again.

Filled with my favourite spices.

For easy assess to these spice jars, I also bought rotating tray to put these spice jars as I will not be able to reach those at the back of my kitchen cabinet.

I can turn and easily assess to all of the spice jars but the turning is not very smooth.

High up on my kitchen cabinet.

 

2nd Phase: Dry Food Containers

I am right. I’m getting more questions for this. Before buying, I suggest the following:

  1. Open up your kitchen cabinets and list the items that you have.
  2. Categorise them and decide which items to be placed in wet kitchen and dry kitchens.
  3. Note down the contents volume so that you know how many containers of each sizes that you need.
  4. Measure your kitchen cabinets, height, depth and length.

I shortlisted 2 designs but I chose these albeit this is more expensive than the other.

I like this clear, clean, simple, neat looking design, made of BPA-free, durable plastic.

The containers stack well on top of each other due to the lids design. The height of the containers was also perfect for my kitchen cabinets.

There’s rubber at the bottom of the containers that are anti-slip and made them very stable. This seller was also having 13% discount for 4 items and above.

I saved almost $200 from seller promotion and shipping fee discount

The hard work results. Satisfaction. Stood there and admire it for awhile, love them so much. The kitchen cabinet is so much neater now and I can see in a glance what I have and what I need to stock up.

Labels

I bought the following labels to label my containers.

 

3rd Phase: Sauces and Bottles

Whenever I need to use sauces, I have to pull out the basket to reach the sauces. Sometimes, I need to move my hand around to reach those at the end row.

I saw this rotating tray. Just what I need and I bought it.

 

All these organisations will make cooking more enjoyable and life a little easier. I am very happy with the entire pantry organization results. Jaselyn said I’m very Auntie. Things like this ie organizing pantry, make me so happy. She must be thinking I’m such a boring Auntie.

Next on my list is to organize my fridge. I’m waiting for the items to arrive.

I’ve Lost Over 10kg

Finally, I shed some weight and achieved one of my 2020 resolution of weight <50kg.

Losing weight has been in my mind for more than a decade and in my resolution for many years. Somehow, I couldn’t achieve it or probably I didn’t take it seriously or take action to achieve it.

I signed up for gym membership and went for Bodyjam, Body Combat and Body Balance classes and Group Training. After classes, I was always hungry and had dinner past 9pm. I used to think since I’ve worked out so hard, burnt lots of calories and sweat so much, it’s alright for me to eat.

My weight kept on increasing and when I saw this photo that I took in June 2019 in Lucerne, a very beautiful place, I felt worried. I noticed I looked so bloated and put on a lot of weight.

After 2 weeks in Lyon, a city of gastronomy and Switzerland, I really put on a lot of weight, hitting 60kg. My family told me the same thing and asked me to watch out on my diet and weight. My favourite breakfast were nasi lemak and fried meehoon that I used to pack on the way to work, with a cup of coffee with creamer.

My sister invited me to the Nutrition Club and I decided to join the wellness program. I have a personal weight management coach to guide me through the program. I have a better understanding of the value of good nutrition, healthy eating habit and active lifestyle. She also guided me how and what to eat before hitting gym and after classes to replenish lost muscles.

With coach Catherine Chua and my sister, Catherine Koh. The 2 sweet ladies and supportive coaches.

My biggest takeaway from this coaching is, not only we have to know our body weight, we should be aware of the composition of our body. What’s the fat %, muscle %, water %, visceral fat rating and body age. I was so worried then as my metabolic age was older than my age.

With the patient and knowledgeable coach, Natalia Lai.

This is my weight progress tracked from Fitness First boditrax from the day I started weighing myself till the last reading just before MCO.

Snap from 18 May 2019 to 9 Mar 2020

The 12 months development. Didn’t lose much weight in Dec 2019 and Jan 2020 due to Christmas and Chinese New Year celebrations with lots of gatherings and feast. I told myself to enjoy the process, don’t stress out, I don’t have deadline to meet and to have cheat days as and when I like. This is to ensure sustainability.

Finally, on the last Saturday after 2.5 months since the last time I went to the Nutrition Club due to MCO, I could go back and get my body composition analysis done. I lost 12kg, dropped body fat % and visceral fat layers, increased muscles % and water % and my metabolic age is younger by 19 years!

Funny encounter during this journey:

  • At security registration to sister’s house, the security guard looked at my driving license and asked me “Dulu gambar Mam gemuk. Sekarang kurus. Ada gambar lain? And he is not the first one who commented that.
  • A friend when he saw me told me “Wah, you lost weight. I thought you used photo filter on your photos to look slimmer on Instagram”.
  • When I did presentation at office Townhall, rather than paying attention on my slides, my colleagues whispered “Sawleng lost a lot of weight”.

I lost my double chin and round, chubby face. It is so good to feel lighter, healthier and more energetic. It boosts our confidence too.

During this MCO, I cleared my wardrobe based on KonMari method, segregating piles of clothes to be given away, to dispose and asked my Mom to alter for those clothes that bring joy to me. I cleared more than half of my wardrobe, I couldn’t wear most of them.

I recently bought the following Yellow and Pink size S camisoles from Uniqlo. I used to wear Size L AIRism camisole but now I am wearing size S, down 2 sizes. Happiness.

Top: Yellow and Pink new Uniqlo camisole size S Bottom: Black and White old Uniqlo camisole size L

I am just happy to live healthier, losing fat and gaining muscles. Looking good is the bonus.