November is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Month, so let’s talk turkey and cold food storage!

Consider arranging your refrigerator items according to function (lunch, snacks, dinner, etc.) instead of by category (vegetables, dairy, meats, etc.) Select a theme for each of your drawers. If you don’t have good drawers, use large rectangular Tupperware bins.
Making breakfast in the morning is a breeze when you can pull out a drawer and immediately have all of your ingredients (eggs, cheese, butter, sausage etc) on the counter and ready to cook.

Try storing all of your sandwich ingredients in the same drawer. Yes, even the mayo and mustard. Pull it out, assemble a sandwich or two and put the entire drawer back in the fridge for the next quick lunch. You can remind yourself to eat healthier lunches by including raisins, carrots and fruit in the same drawer.

Consider leaving dinner items grouped together in their bags when they arrive home from the grocery. When you are ready to cook Sunday’s meal for instance, pull out the bag that contains both the corn beef and the cabbage. You will save time with the dinners that you prepare within a few days after your trip to the grocery.

Kathi is a professional organizer, image consultant and event planner based in San Diego California.

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