“It’s time to make-over your fridge, your pantry and your life. It’s time to discard anything that no longer serves your highest good or supports your wellness journey” – Kathryn Chandler
Hey Gorgeous Girl,
Today, with my help you are going to learn how to give your fridge and pantry a make-over. This is going to help you so much to make healthier food choices and it will prevent food wastage, saving you money on groceries! I am going to teach you step-by-step, how to clean out and re-organise your fridge and pantry and get it set-up just like mine.
Back in 2015, at the age of 21, I began my wellness journey. At the time I was reading a book on nutrition and after a couple of weeks I felt inspired to completely make-over my fridge and pantry. This wasn’t something that was recommended in the book however I really wanted to optimise my way of eating, and I thought by doing this exercise it would help me to stay on track with my new, healthy eating habits. Honestly, it was a GAME CHANGER and doing this, made it so easy to make healthy food choices. Today I am going to share exactly what I did (and still do today) so you can learn how to do this in your own home!
Starting With The Fridge…
I LOVE having a super clean and organised home and our fridge and pantry is no different! Every week before I do our weekly grocery shop, I do the following…
Now doesn’t you’re sparkling clean fridge just look so beautiful!!! It is like having a blank canvas, a clean slate to start fresh with and it’s going to make a beautiful home for all of your healthy, fresh produce to go into.
When I did my first fridge make-over back in 2015, I had decided to quit gluten, dairy and refined sugar. I checked every label of every item before it went back into my fridge and if it contained gluten, dairy or refined sugar it simply didn’t make the cut and I tossed it straight into the bin! Once I have made a conscious decision to make a positive change, I simply can’t go back to my old ways. If my personal method seems a little too extreme for you, read my tips below…
Tip 1: Use up what you’ve got first. If you don’t want to waste the food you have, try to use up all the ingredients you no longer want to be consuming before your next shop and then make healthier choices moving forward.
Tip 2: If you don’t want to continue eating these foods but don’t want to waste food either by tossing it into the bin then message a few of your friends to see if they have use for those food items.
For years I had no idea that there was a correct way of arranging the items in the fridge and I found that I was frequently throwing away certain foods because they got too cold. (hello frozen celery). One day I did a little research and implemented the below to help avoid food wastage…
Tip1: Keep your veggies away from the back of the fridge so they don’t get too cold and freeze… like my poor celery in the past!
Tip 2: Store food in glass food storage containers or in beeswax food wraps.
Preparation is key, if you have some healthy snacks and meals ready to go and easily accessible in your fridge you’re way more likely to make healthy food choices! This is how I prep for the week…
Now that your fridge is organised so well it makes it super easy to see what you need to pick-up on your next grocery shop.
Next, The Pantry…
The following steps are similar to the steps we took to make-over the fridge but stick with me gorgeous because now it’s time to make-over the pantry!
Look at how fresh your pantry now looks!!! I bet you didn’t know you had so much space in there and it’s going to make a lovely home for all of your dry goods.
Tip: If you find items you no longer want to consume moving forward, but don’t want to waste them by throwing them out, you can once again get creative and use up what you’ve got first or message a few of your friends to see if they have use for those food items.
For our anniversary one year Patrick bought me all of the storage containers we now use for our dry goods along with a label maker… it was hands down one of the best pressies ever. I LOVE being super organised and having everything neat and tidy, so it just shows that he knows me all too well.
Tip: I always up-cycle our old coconut oil jars! Once I’ve boiled them and removed the labels, I use them as food storage containers. Lemon essential oil and tea tree oil are great for removing those stubborn sticky labels!
Now that your pantry is super organised it will be easier for you to see what ingredients you already have so you don’t accidentally double-up when you next shop.
So angel, I really hope that you have enjoyed the process of making over your fridge and pantry! I know it can be a big job but I can promise you that it is well worth the time, energy and effort you have put in to do this. With your new, clean and tidy fridge and pantry, you will be able to clearly see which healthy foods you have available to you. You are now way more likely to make healthy food choices and you will be able to make your grocery list with ease each week, saving you time and money.
If you found this article to be beneficial on your wellness journey then please share this with your besties right now. I want to spread the message of true health and happiness to as many people as possible and I would LOVE your help so get sharing!
Love Kat Xx
Ps – I would love to see some before and after pics of your fridge and pantry make-over! Take a pic or video of you giving your fridge or pantry a make-over and share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag me @kathryn.chandler on Instagram when you share so I can see your post and cheer you on.