How to Eat Well, Waste Less, & Save Money on Food This Year

January 20, 2017 2 min read

This so-obvious tip has been a game changer for food management (and waste minimization) in our home...

Clean the fridge!

It sounds like the most obvious, inane, unhelpful piece of advice, right? Wrong. If you clean your fridge once a week, it is a small job with a big impact


Why?
  1. You know what's in your fridge. Simply, you have a better awareness of what is in there, what needs (or need not) be in there, what is expiring soon, or what (despite best intentions) never seems to get eaten. You can better plan meals & snacks around what is available, maximizing the food you have, while it is fresh & good.
  2. Throwing away food does not feel good. If you clean out the fridge each week, you come face-to-face with food that is expired or inedible and needs to go in the garbage/compost. For me, I feel horribly guilty & wasteful when I dump leftovers, slimy veggies, or worst of all, meat-I-forgot-to-deal-with-after-the-grocery-store into the garbage. Do this on a frequent enough basis and you will be guilt-ridden inspired into making better use of each item you bring in.
  3. Clean & clear feels great. Just like principles of capsule wardrobes or KonMarie declutter mania, having white/empty space in the fridge just feels better when you open it. Instead of the overwhelm of fighting through containers and sauces and piles of tortilla packages (or is that just me?), you have a better sense of the whole food project, even at a glance.

Plus, if you're anything like me, it's just nice to have one thing that is reliably clean! Some say shine your sink to feel better about the whole kitchen, and the whole house. For me, it's clean the fridge.



Leave a comment


Also in Shop Good Blog

Summer Recipes

July 16, 2021 5 min read

 


Some favorite summer recipes of mine, for you to try & (hopefully) enjoy. Let me know about your successes, or your own faves!

Read More
Learning to Have Fun Again in 2021

June 11, 2021 5 min read 1 Comment

"More Fun in 2021"


This is a motto I've been replaying lately in my mind.

For me, one of the *necessities* to sustain energy for this work is to embrace joy, celebration, & fun. But this year, those things have felt pretty elusive. The past 16 months have enriched the depth of my close friendships and have brought maturation & focus to my time; these have been invaluable gifts!

But... I feel like I need to learn all over again how to have fun!

Here are some of the ways I've been thinking about, or practicing, fun lately. I would also love to hear about how you find joy & energy to recharge for everything else that life brings at us!

Read More
10 Years of Basha

May 07, 2021 3 min read 1 Comment

Basha Boutique is the name of the organization in Bangladesh where all of our beautiful products are made.

Yes, *all* of our products, every item of kantha we sell. This was... ill-advised by our banker. But, a personal working relationship, excellent partnership, and the literal best quality products have kept us together for nearly 9 years! dignify is yoked to Basha, and we have zero regrets.

If you've been around dignify for a while, you've heard plenty about Basha and likely have a good familiarity with how they (and we) operate. But, if not, here is a bit more context!

Read More