Monday, April 7, 2008

Thought For Food: How to Organize Your Refrigerator

How to Organize Your Refrigerator
Thought For Food: How to Organize Your Refrigerator

There is no doubt that nearly every aspect of your life can be improved by at least some amount of organization. Things simply run more smoothly when they are working under a well-organized system. Take, for example, your refrigerator. In most cases, people simply put whatever food they have into their refrigerator, and then just use the food as they need it. This works fairly well for the most part, but every now and then there will be a problem. Something will get tucked into a back corner of the refrigerator and forgotten for weeks, or someone will forget how long the meatloaf has been laying around and end up eating leftovers that went bad days ago.

These problems can be solved with a little organization. The first thing to do is to organize the food itself. You can use any system you like to accomplish this, and it does not have to be complex. You might simply make one shelf for foods that need to be used quickly, one for foods that keep longer, and so on. Or you can separate the foods into different groups such as dairy products, meats, vegetables, etc. This will make finding things inside your refrigerator easy, and will keep things from being lost in corners.

Once you have the interior organized, make a list of everything that is inside your refrigerator and post it on the door. As you put new things in, and use old things up, you should update the list. This will give you an idea of how long things have been in the refrigerator, so you will know when to throw things out. This will also keep you up to date on what you have and what you need, for when you are planning meals and shopping trips.

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