You get home from a long, tiring day…..open the fridge……see a wall of produce in plastic bags…..shut the door and head to Taco Bell or Applebee’s. The same thing happens the next day because you’re even more tired and busier. By day 3 or 4 you get an attitude about it (annoyed with yourself for being lazy and wasteful, annoyed at your spouse because he/she doesn’t cook, frustrated with your busy family life that gets you to bed by 11 and up by 6 – day after day). Finally on the weekend you clean out the drippy mess and either put the fruits and veggies in the real compost pile or in the trash and vow to do better.
I’ve done this myself so I know what I’m talking about.
One secret to success is to keep a list of everything perishable that’s in your refrigerator so you can plan meals. Take the list to work with you and while on break or enjoying your morning tea, ponder the list for meal ideas.
Another secret is to better manage your fridge, and do it on the weekend or whenever you feel you have the most time. It doesn’t sound appealing, but it’s very satisfying to take everything out, see what you have, and then put it back in an orderly way. If you have a few extra minutes, prep as many of the fruits and veggies as you think you’ll eat in the next few days.
I just did this and I feel very virtuous. Now I can start the week with a hopeful attitude about cooking and eating at home. In fact, while I was cleaning and organizing my fridge, I made a salad for tomorrow and bagged up snack baggies of cherries and grapes.
I’m not always successful, but I like to get the week off to a smooth start by getting the following chores done on the weekend:
And if I really want the week to go smoothly, I spend several hours doing whatever I want to do relaxing and having fun. If all I did was chores, I would soon see the corners of my mouth droop – and no one wants to see that. So I have plenty of fun too. This weekend I lounged on my deck for hours working on a writing project, had a wonderful brunch with my Lawrence “family,” and bowled for the first time in decades. Thankfully they now have automatic scoring. My first game was 112 and the second was 165. Then we celebrated with a snow cone – another thing I haven’t done for decades. So it was a great weekend and I’m ready for the week ahead.
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