Grocery lists come in many forms, from a smattering of post-it notes smashed into a pocket to a well-organized list clearly written on a single sheet of paper. Mine typically fall somewhere in between, starting off in an organized enough matter before spiraling out of control.
Then I started actually thinking about the layout of my grocery list. I always shop the store the same way; why not organize my list that way as well? Turns out, it works like a charm.
For Trader Joe’s I have a number of categories, based on the store’s layout:
Meat & Produce
Bread & Cheese
Target might look something like this:
To make this work for you, sit down and think about how your store is laid out and how you shop the store (produce first, then meat? Or maybe you hit the wine aisle first thing). Make a master list of categories to refer back to, unless you’ve got a fabulous memory, which I don’t.
As type-A as this sounds, it keeps me from crisscrossing back and forth across the store as I forget this, that or the other thing. Who hasn’t been to the front of Costco only to glance down at the list to see the last thing to pick up is at, you guessed it, the back of the store?
So my gift to you this holiday season is the gift of sanity, at least while you’re shopping.