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[THE] Fridge Organization Tips For a Healthy Reset

If making healthier choices is on your to-do list, just remember that starting small is the key to long-term success!
[THE] Fridge Organization Tips For a Healthy Reset

It’s officially 2021...and it’s safe to say we’re all ready to press the reset button. If making healthier choices is on your to-do list, just remember that starting small is the key to long-term success. This is what the Low-Bar Lifestyle is all about: Baby steps over a low, low bar will keep you motivated. 





The best way to start is by organizing your fridge and reworking the system. When healthy items are visible, easy to access, and easy to prepare, you’ll be a lot less likely to cave, which for me means ordering delivery and calling it a day. 

















Tip #1: Stock Up on Healthy Staples





If you want to start eating healthier, you obviously need to stock your fridge with healthy food. It helps to create a list of core staples to have on hand at all times. This takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping, and you’ll feel more prepared during meal and snack time. 





My core staples include a variety of precut fruits and veggies, cheese slices, single-serving yogurts, eggs, and lots of turkey. It’s one of the leanest meats, and is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also easy to prepare, and super versatile—literally, so many recipes!  





My favorite brand for turkey is Honeysuckle White (or its sister brand, Shady Brook Farms). It's free of growth hormones and antibiotics, and raised by independent family farmers...such a high-quality product! 

















Tip #2: Start Fresh





When it comes to actually organizing your fridge, don’t skip the editing process. Do you want to create a functional system that works for your space and promotes a healthier lifestyle? Then trust me! Even if you don’t feel like it, start by removing every single item from your fridge until it’s completely empty. I suggest keeping a trash bag nearby and tossing anything expired as you go. And since your fridge shelves are probably due for a deep clean, here’s your chance to actually get in there and wipe off that weird sticky layer! 

















Tip #3: Group into Broad Categories 





When grouping your items, think in broader categories, such as “veggies” and “condiments” vs. “cucumbers” and “ketchup”. This will ensure that all incoming items have a home, which is crucial for maintaining an organized system. It only makes sense to subcategorize if you regularly buy bulk amounts of a specific item.

















Tip #4: Create Zones





Every category should live in a designated zone (location) and preferably, within a contained and visible home (clear product). This allows everything to be accessible, accounted for, and aesthetically pleasing...while also maximizing shelf space.

















Tip #5: Add a Label 





Labeling isn’t just the finishing touch, it’s actually the secret sauce of the system. Labels are really just straightforward directions for where items go. They concretely identify the contents that live in each container. It not only helps *you* maintain the system, but it holds your kids, your partner, and anyone else using the space, too. 





*Reminder: Think broad, not specific when labeling your categories. It should be a simple road map that’s flexible enough for the occasional outlier. 

















To help get you organized in the new year, we’re partnering with Honeysuckle White/Shady Brook Farms to give away a virtual “A LOT OF HELP” session (click here for details), $2,500 gift certificate from The Container Store, + free turkey product! Click here to enter! 





Happy Reset! 





xo, clea 


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

Suggested Products
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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