Well, I spent the first week of the new year in bed with a horrible flu. Which sucked. Mostly because I had big plans for that week. I was going to do things like sleep in, go for hikes with the kids, watch movies, eat at restaurants in far flung parts of Los Angeles I’ve been meaning to try… and organize my kitchen. You know, as one does during a vacation.
So none of that happened, and eight days later, I’ve emerged from bed and am trying to make up for lost time.
Today, I’m emptying my entire pantry, re-labelling, re-packaging, purging some offensive junk food (who bought spicy Cheetos?) and getting ready to start (week two of) 2015 anew.
I find that this is the best time to make a comprehensive grocery list: I see things that are running low, I remember things I wish I had, and it’s just a great feeling to get the pantry stocked so that I don’t realize that I’m out of rice wine vinegar when I’m ready to make my infamous peanut noodles.
Here’s the tragedy about grocery lists, though. I never remember to bring them to the store. Maybe some of you can relate: It can be weeks before the list, me, and the groceries are all in the same place. So I now turn to Hiku, a little robot that has become most helpful in this process.
Simply put, Hiku scans the bar codes of anything I’d like to buy at the grocery store and puts it in a list on my phone. If I don’t have the item in front of me, or if it’s bar code-less (like a banana), I can speak to Hiku and it will translate voice to text and add those things to the list as well.
That’s it. It saves me typing while I’m busy organizing— I don’t even have to have my phone nearby (it will download the list later), so I can focus on what I’m doing distraction-free.
I’m giving away TWO fabulous Hiku this week to help jump start your kitchen organization this year. [highlight] Just use the widget below to follow me on Twitter, then leave a blog post comment telling me what your first organization project of 2015 is going to be. [/highlight] Best of luck, and happy organizing!
The winners are… Jenn Mowatt and Torey Eblen! Congrats you two!