Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why is that in your fridge?

Why Is That In Your Fridge?

BLUF:  The USDA estimates that between 30-40% of our food in the US is wasted.  Don’t be in this statistic!

A little over a year ago I was introduced to Minimalism.  This crazy awesome concept defined me perfectly.  After moving around my entire life, I never kept much "stuff" around and thought it was weird how people had so much crap buried deep in basements, packed full on bookshelves, and crammed into closets.  I went on a mission to clean out everything…including all those keepsake momentos from my kids that have been stored in the basement for 20 years!

Well, almost everything!  My kitchen is my sanctuary.  It is, by far, my favorite
space anywhere and I couldn't imagine getting rid of any of my gadgets.  This is what I love about Minimalism.  You get to choose what to keep and what to purge.  It is all about what brings value to your life.

During my journey through Minimalism, I noticed my fridge was packed full of condiments, sauces, plastic containers of who-knows-what, beverages, those little sauce packets, and so much more.  When looking inside I had a sense of happiness for having a full refrigerator.  It was like everything would be okay as long as I had food in there.  Weird…I know.

Then one day my refrigerator crapped out on me and I was forced to remove everything so it could be repaired.  Staring at that empty fridge brought a different kind of happiness for me.  It was more of a calming.  I felt there was nothing that could go to waste and that thought took a lot of stress off of me.  That was the day I realized that I needed to be more intentional about what I kept on hand.

Since making this change I no longer throw away a trashcan full each week and I don’t spend way too much at the grocery store.  I do love to cook but usually I am cooking for one or two which can lead to a lot of food waste if I’m not careful.  Future posts will help guide you through the journey of being more intentional with your food.  Let the fun begin!


Lesson Learned:  Food doesn’t provide your happiness, the situations and people do.


Read more about Minimalism at https://www.theminimalists.com/

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