Fridge Re-Haul

Over the last few weeks, I have desperately tried to figure a system of better meal prepping, eating healthier and consequently greatly reduce eating out! Ever since I started working- I kept telling myself this is the weekend to figure it out and meal prep and yet we got lazy and ended up getting take-away/dining out three-four times a week. The truth is there was no real motivation to prep and eat well. I was happy the way our lives were going; we enjoyed lunches with colleagues and dinners with friends. The social aspect and Instagram stories looked great. However, the reality is far from it. I started putting on weight (a lot!!) and my skin started breaking out to a level that frightened me. I blamed it on hormones or “adulting” for the longest time but that clearly was my denial phase.

I could go on about my skin issues but this post isn’t about that- bottom line I figured I had to change my dietary habits. I started reading multiple blogs on healthy eating and meal prepping and pretty much all of them stated that the fridge is the best place to start. I was so enamored and obsessed with Hello Nutritarians fridge that my goal became that. I don’t entirely follow her diet plan but coming to a colorful fridge – something that is so visually appealing seemed like a pretty good way to avoid wanting to eat out.

My Inspiration- HelloNutritarion

Step 1: Remove Everything

I started with the basics-taking everything out. My future fridge had to work for my lifestyle and currently it was not it.

Not Sparking Joy

Step 2: Clean, Clean, Clean

I wiped and cleaned everything inside out with warm soap water. Got rid of the grease, spills and everything nasty that had accumulated over time.

All Cleaned Up!

Step 3: Purge & Mark Short Dated Items

Throw away items that don’t match your image of a healthy lifestyle and anything old and expired. Anything with a short use date- mark with a sharpie. This is also a good time to start making a list of produce/items you may need for the week.

Step 4: Categorize & Allocate Space

Start categorizing and planning your meals. Place relevant foods with each other. I.e. Fruits together, Dairy, condiments, drinks etc. Also think of how to allocate space in your fridge. Every family is different and your food needs might drastically differ to mine. You may have kids that require a certain amount of storage space for their foods etc. Do what works for you and your family.

The Clean-Up Was Worth It!

After a lot of back and forth we finally came up with a system that works for us! Top shelf for drinks and pre-made sauces/chutney, salad dressings and parfaits. Entire middle shelf for meal prepping, fresh juices and condiments. The bottom drawer is used to store fruits/salads and all our drawers were used to store cut veggies. We used the doors to store larger drinks, dairy and probably the most unhealthy- Cadbury! It’s hard finding Cadbury in the US so whenever we have visitors (from the UK), we make a special request for these!

A Healthier Fridge-Remaking ivy
Weekly Meal Planning- Planner from DailyBloomPlanners

Step 5: Planning & Storing Meals

Once you’ve allocated space. The rest of it comes quite quickly. In an effort to really organize our meals I found the weekly meal planner from dailybloomplanners that is super helpful! The magnetic pad is an added bonus as it just sticks to the fridge. It has also resulted in zero to no wastage of food since we only buy what we truly need for the week. The next to help organize the fridge better and to make cleaning a breeze for next time; I used these fridge bins. They really help holding fruits, veggies, condiments and drinks in place and next time I won’t need to clean the entire fridge but simply wash the bins- making life so much simpler! Finally, during this process I tried to eradicate most of our plastic containers and switched to glass to store food. The main reason was simply because storing food in glass just stays fresh for longer. If we are going to continue doing this week after week then I wanted something that helps us match our lifestyle. Mason Jars with their various sizes and ease of availability are truly ideal- but I kinda got sick of all the lids rusting after a few washes so I switched to Weck Jars.Mostly used for canning in Europe- these jars are slowly becoming more popular in daily use. All of them come with glass lids and you can buy additional plastic lids for ease of use. Amazon, William Sonoma, Crate & Barrel are some stores in the US that sell them but I found the best price from their US Division. Shipping is a bit steep so make sure to get everything you’re looking for in one go.

I used the Sorbus Fridge Bins for better organizing!
The Beautiful Weck Jars
Image Courtesy- William Sonoma

I hope I’ve inspired you to undertake a fridge-rehaul. It’s totally worth it and truly is the first step to a cleaner, healthier diet! Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions and ask any questions you may have in the comment section. I would love to hear more from you!

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Malav says:

    Thanks so much for transforming our fridge and forcing me to eat healthy !!

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    1. remakingivy says:

      Thanks for helping out πŸ˜‹

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  2. Sarita says:

    I think I need to invest in some fridge bins!

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    1. remakingivy says:

      Yess! They are super handy 😊

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  3. Krina says:

    Love the organisation here, such a great change to make!

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    1. remakingivy says:

      Aaahh was so worth it!!

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  4. Amita says:

    Such a great post! Thank you for inspiring me to clean up the fridge and eat healthier!!!

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    1. remakingivy says:

      Yay!!! I’m glad it’s inspired you to live healthier 😊

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  5. Avishikta says:

    Love this! Definitely going to invest in more fridge bins and start cleaning up my fridge.

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    1. remakingivy says:

      Yay! Glad I’ve inspired you to have a spring clean 😊

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  6. Dipti says:

    One must organiz every bits and always have fresh home cook food ,proud of you to inspire healthy living , all must do same ,I will start soon.

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  7. Atin says:

    Boom! You’ve delivered some amazing actionables for when I have my own fridge next! As you said, its definitely a big starting point.
    (but I hope you reduce the ketchup-use soon! lots of sugar there)

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    1. Urvisha says:

      Wow! Very informative and motivating read indeed for healthy food planning! I am sure it will excite so many people to consider these options and have a healthy living! Truly Remakingliving

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      1. remakingivy says:

        So well said! Truly is Remaking Living πŸ˜€

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    2. remakingivy says:

      Thank you! Glad I’ve inspired you. Yes Ketch-Up is not the best; unfortunately I live with Malav who believes KetchUp = life. πŸ˜›

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  8. Mansi says:

    Omg this is seriously inspiring. My fridge at the moment is sparking absolutely 0 joy. I will definitely give this a go! Your fridge looks amazing and super healthy!

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  9. remakingivy says:

    Glad I’ve encouraged you to live well πŸ™‚ A healthier, colorful fridge is definitely a start towards a healthier lifestyle. This is the best kind of self-love there is πŸ˜€

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  10. Sona says:

    Love this post! Totally inspired me to sort out my fridge, meal prep and eat healthier! If you can do it so can I! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs πŸ˜€

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  11. Vedika says:

    Love the colours and the way you’ve organised everything! :*

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  12. Parima Shah says:

    This is a work of art! I never knew a refrigerator could be so beautiful. I’m sure organization makes cooking so much more easier and fun! Misha! I need you to come home and organize the mess of my fridge! You’re such an inspiration.

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