Health,  Lifestyle

This Is How I Do: Fridge Organization and Produce Prep

Hey y’all! I am so excited to share this because I feel like I am getting control of my household with organizing. This is something that I always strive for but of course, life happens and things get messy. During my pregnancies, my organization and nesting tendencies go to level 100 and I thrive so much better when I do it. One space I’ve wanted to redo for several years is our fridge. To be honest, I’ve pushed doing it to the back of my mind because it seemed overwhelming BUT after months and months of wasting foods because they aren’t seen or prepped I’ve put my foot down and done the dang thing!

I do a weekly grocery pick up from our local grocery store and then I do once a month trip to Costco at the beach to get everything else. Sundays are my day to organize and prep the produce after we pick up our groceries. It really is fun for me and helps me relax. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than organizing and cutting up fruits and veggies hahaha. #momlife When we bring the groceries in, everyone works together to get them unloaded onto the kitchen counter and then I take the time to put everything up EXCEPT the fruits and vegetables. They go directly in the sink and are washed and cleaned with our fruit and veggie wash from Young Living. I know there are other brands of washes out there but I’ve never used them because the YL wash lasts me FOREVER.

While the items in the sink are sitting and being cleansed, I take the time to put everything else up and organize. The first thing that I do is go through the fridge and take out all the things that are old or empty. Then, I start putting things in. I love these containers to keep things separated on the open shelves and keep the snacks and drinks corralled. I first went to TJMAXX for my storage containers but they are way more expensive there and you can get the same ones for a larger discount by clicking here. Once I’ve organized the open shelves, I work on the drawers. The top drawer is for things like deli meat, cheeses, and random adult snacks. The middle drawer is where I keep all the produce for the week like lettuce, zucchini, squash, peppers, cauliflower and things we will have for supper that do not need to be cut and prepped. The bottom drawer is where I keep all the meats for the week. I like to keep half a weeks’ worth unthawed and the other half frozen. I don’t know if pregnancy brings out more smells or what but I don’t like raw meat anyway and I feel like it smells more if I keep more in there (is that weird?)

Once I’ve got everything organized and put up from the grocery run, I turn my attention to prepping produce for the week. I head over to the sink and rinse the items that were soaking and begin to cut. I slice up all the fruits and usually have separate glass containers for blueberries, watermelon, strawberries and peaches then I make a big container of fruit salad for everyone. I normally just replenish what we are eating from the other containers and it makes it so much easier during the week when they are already cut. After the fruits are done I work on cutting vegetables for snacking. Cucumbers, carrots, radishes, celery, etc are things that we can grab quickly and are eaten frequently when they are prepped and ready to go. I’ve found that I waste so much produce by not having it already cut. What I love about doing this is my kids will grab for these items if they are accessible, which is a mom win!

Do you do a weekly fridge clean out and organization? I’d love to know your process if you have different tips or tricks. If you don’t have a system yet, I encourage you to try this out and let me know if you love it!

One Comment

  • Louella Martin

    Have you ever heard of Tupperware fridge smart containers? They are a bit of an investment but so worth it when it comes to saving produce! They are vent controlled and based on the fact that different foods need differentvamoubts of air. They do recommend not to wash it first but if you use up most of your produce within a week it works to wash it first too