In the chapter, “Organize Your Refrigerator”, Jennifer quotes from her readings, “The refrigerator holds it all: food and finance, weight and well-being, organization and chaos, all rolled into one big cold box. Dive into that baby with a detached eye, a hardened heart and one small hour of time and you’re on the road to weight loss, better household management, and a healthier budget.” Wow! What a powerful quote! I completely agree with it. We are very careful with what we buy in terms of groceries. We want to nourish ourselves with wholesome food. What you eat has an extreme impact on how you feel and function. I enjoy all types of foods, but it is a necessity to be balanced.
Jennifer helps by outlining the following goals:
- Sort and toss: empty to near empty items and expired/outdated items
- Remove items and clean the shelves thoroughly
- Systematically replace items
- Replace food with the oldest food in the front and the newest in the back
- Remove all items from the freezer and wipe it down
- Toss all old items in the freezer that can no longer be used
- Remove all unnecessary paper and photos from the outside of your refrigerator
- Removal all items from the top of your refrigerator, clean it off and place a decorative items on it
- Use clear, plastic, handled baskets to contain loose items
We have continued to put into practice the tips from Week 1’s Challenge, Organize Your Routine. I use the weekly meal planner/shopping list document that I saved on my computer. I print this out to use when we plan our meals for the week, which we usually do on Saturday or Sunday, before we go food shopping on Sunday morning. Our breakfasts and lunches for our work week are pretty much the same every week therefore, I do not plan those out. We know what items we will need for breakfast and lunch so I just add that to the shopping list side. We do plan our dinners and that is why I have only one space for each day on my one week menu planner list. Once we plan out what we’d like to have for dinner I add those items to the shopping list side. We utilize the food that we purchase very well. We rarely ever have issues with unused food.
Since there are only two of us, our refrigerator tends to be relatively organized. A big percentage of what we buy in groceries is consumed the same week. We use a lot of fresh items such as fruits and vegetables, either as sides or main dishes. We will buy meat but that is definitely not our main staple. We prepare food on Sunday for the week ahead and portion it out for our daily meals. We are also utilizing the crock pot more which is so healthy and such an amazing time saver for us during the week.
I appreciate Jennifer’s thoughts and ideas for this week’s challenge. It helped me to focus on the why an organized refrigerator is so helpful and useful. By keeping an organized refrigerator, it really helps save time and frustration in meal preparation and cooking. This helps me to focus on the more important areas such as health and nutrition for my family and I.
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***