When I was backpacking around the world in my 20s there were 2 things that I really missed…
My own bed.
And my own fridge.
I guess I also did miss having a proper kitchen. But every time I tried to squeeze my fresh ingredients into a smelly, chaotic youth hostel shared fridge, that was the part I really struggled with.
Ever since then I’ve always been so thankful for having my own cold storage space. And while it isn’t clean and tidy 100% of the time, I do take a certain pride in keeping it organized.
So today I’m going to share the 5 key principles I follow.
How I Organize My Fridge
1. Keep most in need of using items visible.
It’s so easy to forget what you have. So my first rule is to place anything that needs ‘eating up’ where you can’t miss seeing it each time you open the fridge.
It’s a small thing but makes a HUGE difference to how much food I waste.
2. Keep like things together.
This is just how my brain works. I have separate places for my cheese, my raw meats, fresh veg, prepped ingredients, my fermented veg and of course my champagne!
3. Have a regular place for different ingredients.
This just makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. So I know that half used jar of curry paste will be in he fridge door instead of having to rummage around to find it.
4. Really look once a day.
I don’t know about you, but my memory isn’t the greatest these days. So I try and have a good look in all parts of the fridge at least once a day.
This way I remember what I have and get heaps more ideas for what to cook. Plus I can move things that really need eating to a more visible position so I’m less likely to waste food. Win win!
5. Keep things covered.
The air in the fridge is really dry. The number 1. cause of food spoilage is dehydration, especially for fresh produce. So I keep all my fruit and veg in plastic bags either in the crisper or on the bottom shelf. It doesn’t look so pretty but really makes a difference to how long things last.
For leftovers and my prepped ingredients I use glass containers with plastic lids.
A Video Tour of My Fridge
Then I’d love you to join me for The Organized Cook!
Registration is NOW OPEN for The Organized Cook, a 4-week online training program that shows you my simple system for:
- Getting on top of cooking at home
- Eating more vegetables
- Pulling meals together quickly without the ‘last minute’ stress…
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ps. Not sure if you have time to sign up?
Think about it, you’re always going to have lots going on. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you had your kitchen organization handled? Imagine if you could free up some time for other areas of your life?
That’s why you get access to the program for life. So you’ll always be able to fit it into the timing that works best for you.
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