I have always struggled with having an organized fridge.
Actually, that’s not true. I haven’t always struggled.
I have always totally failed.
My fridge is almost always a disaster. There is no organization at all, there is no system, and it’s always a war zone in there.
And this results in food being wasted which means money being wasted.
Also, a fridge that’s a disaster makes it really hard to have anything that’s even slightly healthy readily available for me to eat.
A couple years ago, back in the days when I watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I fell in love with Yolanda Hadid’s fridge.
It was the most beautiful refrigerator I had ever seen.
I MEAN LOOK AT THIS THING.
Those are some serious fridge goals right there.
But that’s not even remotely realistic right now.
Well, that’s probably not remotely realistic ever.
But since seeing Yolanda’s fridge I’ve had aspirations of being super organized, and I just haven’t been able to get there.
I have been stalking organized fridge pictures on Instagram and Pinterest.
And I envision my fridge looking something along the lines of this:
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How beautiful are those?
I realized a couple weeks ago what has been paralyzing me.
I haven’t begun to tackle organizing my fridge because I don’t have all those pretty containers and labels and a billion mason jars, and if I can’t make it look like I ultimately want it to look right now, I don’t do anything at all.
Then there is the issue of not knowing exactly the best way to set everything up.
Thankfully, I finally came to my senses.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it’s not like whatever changes I make now are binding for the rest of my life.
So last week I did one little thing.
I took a clear plastic container that I had in the basement, and I labeled it with a piece of painter’s tape.
It’s not Instagram worthy, but it’s completely functional.
Instead of just shoving crap into the fridge willy nilly, any leftovers went into that container.
That was the only change I made.
And you know what?
I have probably thrown away 75% less food since making that one tiny change. Leftovers don’t get completely lost in the back of the shelves, and that bin is the first place anyone looks for food when they open the door.
Leftovers are actually being eaten!
So now the ball is rolling.
Yesterday and today I did some more.
I found a couple more containers from around the house.
It’s a preliminary plan. I know I will have to adjust it and change it as I see what is working and what is still lacking.
I hope to have all the major areas labeled at some point, mostly because when there are 8 people are using a fridge and putting things back in different places, it can be kind of a challenge to find stuff.
So anyway, that’s my new and improved fridge.
It’s not the fridge of my dreams.
But it’s a few steps closer.
If your refrigerator is a disaster area, if you are throwing away food, if you have seven bottles of ketchup in the shelves on your door, I can relate.
If you want to make changes but are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, try first just implementing a “leftover ” bin or container.
It made a huge difference for me.
And you don’t need a fancy label. Grab some painters tape and a marker, and you are on your way to a less stressed our fridge!