Ok, so I’m exaggerating a bit. But sometimes the simplest change can have a huge impact (like a hook by the door for keys vs. hunting for keys daily). That’s why I want to share this easy to implement organizational tip that just might change your life.
I can’t take credit for this idea. I got it from an article I read in Experience Life, a magazine I started receiving after I joined my local Lifetime Fitness gym. When it first popped up in my mailbox, free, I was skeptical. I have stacks, I mean huge piles, of backlogged magazine to catch up on. But I always end up reading this magazine. The nutrition advice is not just sound; it’s on the cutting edge, bucking conventional “wisdom” and not afraid to have its own solidly backed voice. Likewise the fitness and holistic living tips are great.
So here goes: a simple tip for storing food and eliminating waste. Instead of keeping your vegetables in the dark drawers and far reaches of your fridge, move them to a shelf that’s front and center. I know it sounds too simple to make any difference, but trust me it does! Every time you open the fridge you see those veggies sitting there, calling to you, use me! Chop me! Cook with me!
Vegetables front and center
Now I use my bottom “produce” drawer for all the little jars of longer keeping jams, Asian sauces and such that don’t fit on the door (I have a lot of these types of things). I also keep citrus there. All vegetables have moved to the bottom shelf where I see them every time I open the fridge. Since I’ve made this change I have way fewer bags of mystery greens rotting away unnoticed and I can quickly assess what needs to be eaten, used, or given to the guinea pigs and chickens (I’m aiming for zero waste here, an area that I’ve needed to improve for years).
So try it! If it doesn’t seem to suit your fridge/lifestyle, another easy recommendation is to keep a white board or chalkboard on or next to the fridge and write down what’s in your produce drawer after you shop. Cross items off as you use them. This works great for what’s hiding in the depths of your freezer too.