Apparently what's in your fridge not only speaks volumes about how you eat but reveals more about you than possibly some of your best friends know! If anyone had analysed me via my fridge at Christmas, they would have concluded I am a cheese covered alcoholic with a penchant for cranberry sauce!
But now take a peek and I am a carrot crunching, celery munching, hummus dipping teetotaler. Well apart from the give away bottle of tonic water! Hey, life without a great G&T is frankly not one I want to live.
What I'm really getting at here is, when you open your fridge are you inspired or overwhelmed? Do you open the door thinking "there must be something in here I can eat" only to find there never is. Or when a recipe asks for a dollop of mustard, do you immediately say "Oh, I'm sure I've got that", then spend 15 minutes emptying out your fridge only to realise that what looked like a full jar is just old scrapings caught around the outside!
Whatever state your fridge is in, and with January being the "oh not for me, thank you, I'm just juicing" month, maybe it's time to take an objective look inside your fridge and cupboards and have a little sort out. Yes, I am talking DECLUTTERING your kitchen. No matter what you are doing, decluttering always makes it easier, I promise!
So, if you have decided that one of the things you'd like to change this year is eating healthier, or if you are being more hard-core and using words like regime, then it's a no brainer. Your fridge is the perfect place to start. Also knowing what you've got, and using it up before it goes off, will not only save you money but also help you make healthier eating choices.
I have a friend who as soon as the festive period is over is so desperate to get rid of all the rich indulgent leftovers, she gorges on it all in one massive "Farewell Christmas" binge! I have another friend who gives anyone and everyone who comes to her door food packages, just to get it out of the house!
Whichever way you deal with food, knowing what you've got in your fridge and cupboards will avoid panic buying, which will make your life a million times easier. Some people do weekly meal plans. I'm not suggesting you be that extreme. Taking time each week to see what's actually edible and what you need to buy will take the hassle out of meal times. Also this will greatly reduce your food waste and expenses.
If you want to do something really worthwhile with those 5 bags of rice that you find in the back of your cupboard, why not take them to a food bank? Check out www.trusselltrust.org to find your nearest one.
So, if your fridge door is loaded with hundreds of different bottles all waiting for their own special moment to shine, either give them that moment or put them out of their misery. Let's make 2016 the year of the fridge door policy - use it or ditch it!
If you fancy a laugh about cupboard love before you start, take a look at this Michael McIntyre's sketch http://youtu.be/mvi0ZLEHj3A