As I put away the groceries today, I was inspired to write a post about organizing the fridge. If you are anything like me, you are going to eat the easiest thing to grab when you are hungry for a snack. With the right organization, this can be great! Without it, this can lead to a lot of potato chips and not a whole lot of healthy eating.
Work to change that! I store my fruit in Pyrex containers. When I get home from Grocery Shopping, I set aside time to wash my fruit and veggies to snack on. As I do so, I move them into clear containers so that they are instantly ready to eat! That way, when I get hungry, it is just as easy to grab a container of blueberries as it is to grab a bag of chips.
It is important to put the things that you can easily consume on the most accessible shelves. Additionally, if you have sweets or other items in the fridge that you don’t want to be eating all of the time, put that stuff towards the bottom! I put my vegetables on the top shelf and fruits on the second shelf.
The bottom shelf is a combination of beverages (leftovers from Mardi Gras!) and meat for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I do use the crisper drawers for fruits and vegetables, that’s what they’re for! However, I put the vegetables and other ingredients for dinner in these drawers. Since I plan out my meals before Grocery Shopping, I don’t need dinner ingredients easily visible to know what I want to eat that night.
Time for the door.
Some items have their own designated space, like the butter. I keep the animal products: eggs, sour cream and milk towards the top. The bottom is reserved for condiments. I don’t need condiments easily in eye sight because when I want a certain condiment, I go reaching for it!
Because I focus on eating whole foods all of the time, my refrigerator is constantly changing. Nothing ever stays for too long before I eat it! With a system in place, I can be sure to find everything I want and easily see everything I have!