Get a glimpse of what’s in my fridge on a weekly basis, plus I’m sharing some tips on how to keep it organized.
This may sound bizarre, but sneaking a peak inside someone’s fridge is kind of a hobby of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t in any way judge someone based on the contents of their fridge or how it’s organized, but rather we’re getting to see what’s important to them. Do you stock the fridge with wine and beer, is there an abundance of fruits and vegetables or are there leftover containers from either cooking at home or eating out all week? You get where this is going… you can kind of get a good read as to what is going on in their lives right now. Some people’s fridge could be a complete disaster because it’s just simply not a priority with 3 kids running around, while others stay pristine and organized with every condiment and jar having a home.
With my health kick the past few months, my fridge tends to error on the side of fruits and vegetables with homemade something or another placed throughout. Let me walk you through a quick tour of what’s consistently in my fridge as of lately —
Homemade Almond Milk — This is an absolute must and I’m often stocked with at least one batch ready to drink and another bowl soaking ready for backup. I use the homemade almond milk not only just to sip on a glass, but also in my chia seed pudding and fresh açai bowls. Sean pours a little bit in his coffee each morning, so needless to say we can never be without! With that being said, you’re likely to find medjool dates in the fridge as well. I stock up on these from either Trader Joe’s or Costco.
Coconut Water — We love to use coconut water for our morning smoothies. It has tons of electrolytes and replenishes our body after a good workout.
Vitamins & Supplements — Between the bee pollen, Vitamin E capsules and probiotics, there’s usually a stock of healthy supplements in the door of the fridge to be taken each morning.
Fruits & Vegetables — For the past 6 weeks I’ve been making a fresh pressed juice every morning with my new Breville juicer. You wouldn’t believe how much fruit and veggies it takes to make one serving! I’m constantly running to the market every few days to stock up on the essentials (cucumbers I’m talking to you!), but it’s so worth it. I feel so much better starting off my day with a fresh green juice and soaking in all those valuable nutrients.
Hummus — Let’s just put it this way, there must ALWAYS be hummus in my fridge. Whether I make a fresh batch of traditional hummus or buy my favorite container from Trader Joe’s, I love having hummus and veggies as a snack.
Mustards & Sauces — This one rarely has anything to do with me. Sean is a sauce and mustard aficionado! At any given time, I’d venture to guess that there are 5 mustard jars, 4 BBQ sauces and a handful of miscellaneous hot sauces in our fridge. No joke. I’m the proud owner of 1 of them, the spicy brown mustard.
Salad Dressing — Lunch each day for Sean and a few days a week for myself is a nice salad made right in our kitchen. I’m in love with this new balsamic vinaigrette I picked up at Whole Foods the other week by David’s Unforgettables. It’s sooooo delicious!
Eggs — Always a staple ingredient and always in stock. Every Sunday I make a batch of 6-8 hard boiled eggs for my salad and the others are used for baking or weekend breakfasts at home.
Peppers — Jalapeno peppers for Sean and banana peppers for me. A routine meal in our house is tacos and neither of us would be thrilled if we were left without our peppers to top off the tacos!
Leftovers — We do a really good job of cooking a home Sunday through Thursday, so there are always leftovers stored in glass containers. I highly suggest investing in a set or two of glass containers and they are so much safer to store food in and make it easy to reheat the meal.
As for keeping an organized fridge, I have a few tips to share with you —
TIP 1 : Use clear organizing bins to keep similar objects together. These are essential towards achieving an organized fridge and create a level of functionality that allows you to maneuver within the fridge as well. For example, I use long skinny clear containers to hold our salad dressings. When I want a bottle from the back, instead of having to reach around and most likely knocking a bottle over, I simply grab the container, pull out the bottle I needed and place the container back in the fridge.
TIP 2 : Remove eggs from their original carton and place them in clear bin with a lid. This is a more secure option for the eggs and you can place items on top of the lid for additional space.
TIP 3 : As mentioned above, use glass storage containers for meal prep or leftovers. This allows you to easily stack containers on top of one another if need be and you can easily see what you have at-a-glance.
TIP 4 : Use the door shelving efficiently. Too often I see the door spaces become a mess of an assortment of random things that don’t have a “home.” Once you’ve used the clear organizing bins throughout the main fridge area, this should leave you with some essential items that should be placed in the door that you need easy access to. For the areas that have slim compartments due to the ice maker, use these for supplements or any small containers so they don’t get lost.
TIP 5 : Use drawers to organize similar items and/or to establish an easy routine in the morning. For example, we use one of our fridge drawers for all meat products and the other drawer for small vegetable items that are great for making salads. This way, they’re all in one place and makes us more efficient in the mornings or at lunch.
With our style of fridge, we also have a large pullout drawer. We have designated this entire drawer for our large vegetables. It allows us to quickly see what items we have available and we no longer waste food by it going bad in the back of a shelf.
I hope getting a glimpse inside our fridge and seeing how we organize it has inspired you to tackle this project yourself! If you have an organized fridge, share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #modishorganization so we can all see it!