Your Post-Grocery Shopping Strategy? What is it?

by Kathy Sykes on April 5, 2012 · 0 comments

In order to keep my fridge and cabinets looking appealing enough to get something out of it to eat, I have had to come up with some post grocery shopping strategies. These are the steps that I use to keep my fridge organized and just plain useful. I know you have seen commercials or pictures of people standing in front of an open refrigerator trying to figure out what to eat. I think people do that NOT because there’s nothing in there to eat, but the fridge is just not organized.

I found this to be true in my home. After shopping, I would normally just throw the items anywhere in the fridge. I did try to keep food groups together but had no clear plan. So, when you opened it up….you had to search for a decent snack or meal.

My perception has changed and I thought I would share a few strategies with you and get some ideas from you too.

Here they are:

  • Take all of the products out of its packaging. For example, if you buy Little Debbies, don’t just throw the box on top of the fridge or counter. Take the treats out of its packaging and place them in either a basket or in the cabinet. This frees up space in the cabinets and you can actually see what you have. My son loves to be able to see what kind of snacks he has.

  • Take fruits and vegetables out of the plastic bags you get from the store. Again, it makes what you have more appealing when you are able to “see” it and you will be more likely to cook them (and not let them go bad). Make sure you cut up fruit and put it in a tupperware bowl so that it will be eaten quickly.
A bowl of fruit salad

  • Go ahead and cut up you veggies for quick preparation. I have heard this tip before, but another blogger friend, Blessing from the Working Mom Journal, brought home for me. When you are “dog-tired” from work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours slaving over a stove. If you already have you dinner mostly pre-prepared, it makes life simpler.

Also, have a special area for your sodas, bottled water, and kid’s juices. I keep my son’s juices in a drawer that is low enough for him to be able to get one out for himself. There are also dedicated space for extra toilet paper and paper towels.
There is nothing better than an organized kitchen.
***This is not my kitchen but what I dream of it being one day*****
What are some of your tips for keeping an organized refrigerator?

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