My Fridge + Pantry Reveal | How I Stay Organized

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One of my favorite things to see is how people organize their homes, especially inside their cabinets. I'm fascinated by how people stay organized and what their tips and tricks are.

But am I the only one who thinks most people's "inside the cupboard" shots are total BS? No one's house actually looks like that all of the time: it's just not realistic.

I consider myself a fairly organized person—I hate clutter, I love getting rid of things and purging, and I like storage solutions that actually work. So when I was putting away my groceries the other day and meal prepping for the week ahead, I wanted to snap some photos to share my tips and tricks for keeping our kitchen and pantry clean and organized, all week long.

Here's my method:

one // purge regularly

My number one tip for keeping your pantry and fridge organized (especially in a small space, like ours) is to purge regularly. There's really nothing hiding in the back of our pantry or fridge because we don't have the space for things to get shoved to the back. Every week before I put our groceries away, I actually look for anything that might have fallen to the back and get rid of it (if it's expired) or pull it to the front if it's not so we can use it ASAP.

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two // online shop for your groceries

I don't have time to go to a grocery store each week, but even if I did I wouldn't want to. Online shopping for your groceries is so much more efficient and effective, and here's why:

  • There's no such thing as shopping hungry—I typically sit down on Saturday morning and online shop for our groceries while I sip coffee and eat my breakfast.

  • You can meal prep and only buy what you need. When I'm in a store I'm flustered to get out of there, so I often forget things I needed or just buy whatever looks good without thinking through our meals for the week. Online shopping for our groceries through Good Eggs allows us to think out our meals thoroughly throughout the week and plan accordingly—and then only buy what we need.

three // don't overbuy

Part of the beauty of online shopping for your groceries is that you won't overbuy things. You can get exactly what you need, without being swayed by whatever's in the end cap and looks tasty at the time. This is also why we don't buy in bulk—we don't have the room, and typically only buy groceries for a week at a time. By the end of that week, our pantry and fridge get pretty cleared out and we're ready to start fresh again!

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ingredients i always have on hand

You can pretty much always find these things in our fridge or pantry:

  • Baking ingredients—flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, spices
  • Tea (right now I'm loving this Mango Green Tea!)
  • Coffee
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • Snacks (I love honey pretzels and tortilla chips)
  • Butter
  • La Croix
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Half and Half
  • Wine—red and white
  • Beer
  • Sauces—hot sauce, salsa, syrup, Asian fish sauces, etc.
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Kombucha
  • Fresh fruit—my favorites are strawberries, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit
  • Limes and lemons
  • Fresh veggies + herbs (including lettuce for salads)
  • Cheese, cheese, cheese! (I typically have parmesan, brie, and Jarlsberg on hand, plus sometimes mozzarella)
  • Chicken breasts
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four // deodorize

We found this brand Moso Natural that sells air purifying bags made of charcoal, and they've been total game changers for us in our fridge, closet, and other areas of our home. We throw this one in the door of our fridge and it keeps smells (like garlic or other fragrant foods) at bay.

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five // meal prep before you put things away

When we get our food each week, I spend about 30 minutes meal prepping for the week as I unload groceries. I'll chop up ingredients for the salads I take to work, cut up fruit, and get snacks prepped and ready to go. This way, whenever I'm hungry I have something ready, and don't have to spend time prepping throughout the week.

six // put everything into glass containers

We've slowly but surely made our way to glass containers, and I absolutely love them. First things first, you can see everything, which is really crucial when you're going to grab stuff from the fridge or pantry. I use glass for all of my Tupperware (these ones from Amazon are my favorite!) and we also use the glass Soma carafe for our water. I like how it looks, and I also like knowing that we're not using too much plastic.

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what are your best tips for keeping your pantry + fridge organized? let me know in the comments section!