The refrigerator was one of those places in my home that was always neglected. It was hard to find anything, and stuff got scattered around a lot. Which means my family was wasting a lot of food because we forgot it was in there. I was tired of wasting food (and money!) so I made a simple change that has made all the difference.
How to Organize your Refrigerator and Waste Less Food in 2 Easy Steps
1. Use Bins and Simple Multi-purpose Containers
I put bins in my refrigerator to keep like-things together, and I used small containers for most of my leftovers.
Now the only leftovers that don’t get eaten around my house are the ones no one wanted to eat in the first place.
It’s true. I’m not the best cook. And I try new things sometimes that are awful. (Like secretly put it outside and hope stray animals eat it kind of awful.) Sometimes that food is in the fridge and gets “forgotten” about until “oops! This is no longer edible because it might literally make me ill, so now I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing it out.”
But the good, edible stuff? It’s no longer tragically getting lost in the back of the fridge with a wedge of moldy cheese only to be excavated a month later.
The bins I used are the big Rubbermaid take-along containers (sans lid), and the small containers are from Reditainer Extreme freeze. They are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe deli containers- so that leftover soup can go directly into the freezer or the fridge. Possibly my favorite thing about them is that they are great for packing lunches- they don’t leak, and I’m not in a huge money loss if they don’t make their way back home.
I love how the kids’ snacks are easy for them to grab and that my containers are easy to organize. They don’t make me look like a before video in an infomercial. :p
2. Use Labels
Yup. You are a mom. In two days you will not remember that this container is full of sweet potatoes. Label it. 🙂
I put some chalkboard labels on my containers and I write on them with a chalk marker. The only downside to this is if someone touches the label with a wet hand, the writing comes off. But the labels can go through the dishwasher like a dream. Alternatively, you could use masking tape and a permanent marker.
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