A Sneak Peek into the home of Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant, Marcie Lovett, of Olney, Maryland and owner of Organized by Marcie.
I don't know Marcie yet... but after getting this full view of what she eats.. because you are what you eat right?! I think I know her... I know that we both use similar organizing techniques and that we both prefer square containers to round :) I also know she went to Pepperdine for Grad school and that my parent's wouldn't send me there for undergrad :( but I know this from her book bio and you can check that out here: The Clutter Book: When You Can't Let Go [maybe I shouldlet go of that whole 'I didn't get to go to Pepperdine' thing, you think?!]
HER ORGANIZED SPACE: Refrigerator
No one will mistake my house for Martha Stewart’s because it isn’t spotless. Still, I want to find what I need without thinking about it. I can identify everything in the refrigerator by its location, which keeps food from getting “lost” and turning into a science project. I also know how much there is of any given item, so it’s easy to maintain inventory.
1) Keep like items together. Jams and spreads are on the top the top door shelf, condiments are in the center, drinks are on the bottom. The basket on the bottom shelf contains fruit and there’s more in the right crisper drawer, which also holds juice boxes. The left crisper drawer holds vegetables. Sliced meats and cheeses go in the small drawer for sandwich and salad making. Leftovers are pushed to the front so they get noticed and eaten. Yogurt and pudding are on the top, easy to grab and eat or pop in a lunch bag. Coffee is located conveniently beside the soda so I don’t have to open my eyes to find it in the morning.
2) Use clear containers for leftovers so you can see what’s inside. I recommend squares over round shapes because they maximize space. Stick with one brand so they stack well and don’t fall over.
3) Have a plan for surplus food. Take advantage of sales on items you buy often, but don’t overbuy and waste money by throwing out food you didn’t eat. Make sure you have room to store the food until you are ready to use it. I have 6 packages of cheese in the freezer because it was insanely cheap and I use it in so many different recipes.
HER ORGANIZING STYLE: As much as I like things to be attractive, I like function even more. I recently dumped my old, stained food containers and replaced them with new ones that use the same-size lid on different-size containers. That, in itself, is a huge time and space saver.
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