Procrastinating from my school work, here’s week 2 of the ‘no-sugar’ lifestyle. I thought that giving up this sugar thing would be a breeze. I was hopelessly wrong. May just seems NOT the month to do it. Who knew that teacher appreciation week was in May?! It crept up on me for sure. Monday they gave out freshly made chocolate chip cookies. Luckily, teenagers will always take what you don’t want. The whole week we were lavished on with sweets, caramel coffee, pies, cookies and all those good things. I bravely said no and went for the couple strawberries and clementine mandarins. My husband also celebrated his birthday this past week and we had a coupon to a fondue place here in town. We SKIPPED the chocolate fondue. Said NO to chocolate!! Who are we?!?! I guess it’s not all that hard to say no to sugar. Determination is key.
Now to the reason for this post: organization!
AH, the word alone brings peace to my heart. I absolutely love when things are organized. Last week the husband went on a little trip and I took the liberty of organizing our entire place. I went to a thrift shop down the street and bought a couple (really cheap) baskets to organize my things.
Here’s exhibit A. You know those clutter drawers we all have… Yeah, I got really tired of this one.
I found this desk drawer organizer for less than $2 and put it to good use. I’m still pleasantly surprised when I pull this drawer open. Organization is a gift that keeps on giving! Hah!
And here’s drawer #2
I think these little baskets were 50cents each.
Now, my biggest accomplishment of the weekend was definitely the fridge. We had all this stuff in it, which really wasn’t that much food. Just the way it was organized (or obviously NOT organized) made it impossible to find anything. I got to a point where I just ate cereal the whole time because I got too stressed opening the fridge. Here’s what it looked like before:
I was determined to get this done quickly, so here are 3 quick steps to organizing your fridge.
1. Start with one shelf/unit at a time.
I started with the door. I put a giant clean towel on the floor ,right by the fridge, and grabbed a trash bag. Then I took all the condiments and food out of the door and put it on the towel.
2. Throw away what’s expired. Put aside what you won’t eat.
I looked through each item to see if it was still good and if we really used it or not. The expired items went in the trash bag, the ‘ok’ items stayed on the towel and the ‘we-won’t-use-this’ item was placed on the counter. I quickly cleaned all the shelves of the door and then put the condiments back. This time in an organized manner. The door now contains drinks, condiments such as ketchup, ranch, spreads, etc., and butter. That’s basically it. Apparently it’s NOT good to keep your eggs and milk in the door so I found a different place for those.
3. Have a designated place for everything
I saw the idea on Pinterest to take out one of the top shelves. This way, the milk carton actually fits inside the fridge where the temperature change is less sudden than in the door. I decided to put fruits, snacks and quick breakfast things on that shelf with the milk. The stuff that lasts longer, like pickles and canned goods went in the back on the top shelf. The eggs also found a place on the middle shelf for the same ‘temperature’ reason. The basket is used for all cheeses and deli meat. And the bottom shelf contains leftovers or bigger tubs and packets.
I also cleaned out the fruit and vegetable trays and put a paper towel on the bottom of these. I took the fruit out of all the little baggies that they give you at the supermarket and placed them right against the edge of the basket (the picture is a bit dark, so you might not be able to see it). Now I can actually see what fruits/vegetables are left and need to be used. (We got some apples, pears and clementines on one side and avocados, limes and peppers on the other).
And here’s the finished product:
Now I can actually see what we have and food doesn’t go bad. Less IS actually more.
Oh, and while I was at it, I decided to put all my plastic bags in this tube that we had. I rolled them into little balls and squished them in there. It freed up a TON of room in the closet.
How do you stay organized?
P.S.: I took the food that we weren’t going to eat with me the next day, not knowing what to do with it, thinking I would just leave it at my in-laws. I happened upon a traveling girl with her dogs asking for ‘anything [that] would help’ at a traffic light and just gave her all the food. She was happy and I felt good. Win-win.