My mornings are always starting off in a rush, having hit the snooze button one too many times before hurriedly getting dressed. Yesterday’s clothes are still strewn across the floor. I don’t make the bed and choose to just close the door in an attempt to shut the mess away. The rest of the house is painted with the same messy chaos, I can barely navigate my way through finding lunch items for the kids let alone myself. I open the fridge to get something fresh, to find the lettuce is already wilted and the cheese mouldy at the ends. “Nutella sandwiches it is”. I guess i’ll have to skip breakfast, again. The ‘healthy cereal’ I brought a few months back is somewhere in my chaotic pantry, probably dry and stale. I instead down a coffee as I head out the door with the kids for school drop-offs.
The day continues in a blur. I’m snappy because I haven’t drunk enough water (I think I left my drink bottle on the kitchen bench). I opt for yet another brought lunch we can’t quite afford because I didn’t have time to make one.
At the end of it all, it’s back to a messy home with a convenient take out dinner as I robotically help with maths homework. I crawl into bed, shattered. Throwing the blankets over myself and what’s on the bed now ends back on the floor. To repeat it all over again the following day.
We know this story all too well, and we can easily become stuck in our messy chaos – I mean that’s just life right? Actually, it doesn’t have to be that way.
A common issue in most households is the amount of wasted food because our lack of time or we simply forget that it’s there and when we finally find it, it’s gone off. Our pantries and fridges are key culprits when it comes to this issue, which is why we are big advocates for organising those spaces efficiently.
When the world around us is chaotic, our lives and our homes start to reflect that very same chaos. This is why we encourage the importance of small organisational steps you can make in your home and life to bring some sort of order and to start each day well.
An organised home helps with an organised life
We are big believers in the rule that everything in your house should have a home and that home should have the functionality to it, to help you easily navigate through it.
Nutrition is a key part of making sure we can operate effectively – like gas is to run our cars.
Curating a functional and esthetically pleasing kitchen space plays a massive role in helping us eat better. It gives us inspiration to actually want to cook, plus it helps you save time and money.
In this article we will cover 5 Tips to help you organise your space efficiently and how to create strong habits:
- TIP 1: Organising your Pantry
In your Pantry opt for containers that not only prolong the life of your food but also organise it to maximise space and so you can see exaclty what you have on hand.
- TIP 2: Organising your Fridge
With fresh fruits and vegetables being a key part to a well-balanced diet, storing them properly is essential to minimising food waste. We unpack how your vegetables breathe differently and how to combat that to prolong their freshness.
- TIP 3: Invest in products that help save you time, without sacrificing flavour.
We are all for saving time in the kitchen and with kitchen time-savers such as our microwave cooking range, we can easily whip up delicious, healthy meals, in a fraction of the time.
- TIP 4: Food Prep can help you make healthier choices
One of the main reasons we don’t make healthy choices is because we believe we are time-poor. Our lack of time isn’t the issue, the issue is our prioritisation of time.
- TIP 5: Implementing strong habits
The foundation of implementing good habits isn’t found on motivation alone. Motivation only gets you so far because at some point it runs out. The key is found in drilling down to the identity of that habit.
Read on for more depth on those 5 tips…
TIP 1: Organise your Pantry
In your pantry, opt for containers that not only prolong the life of your food but also organise it so you can see exactly what you have on hand. Modular Mate Food Storage Containers are perfect for this! They are designed with clear bases to easily see your ingredients at a glance. They’re modular and stackable, to help you maximise your pantry space (we call them lego for adults). They have air-tight seals which lock in freshness and keep moisture out, prolonging the life of your dry ingredients.
TIP 2: Organise your Fridge
Your fridge is a prime location for food waste, as we are storing produce with a shorter life span. Choosing the right food storage container will save you money and waste (and fewer trips to the supermarket).
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a well-balanced diet. But did you know your fruits and vegetables all breathe differently? Not every piece of produce is the same, each requires a different level of oxygen to keep them fresher for longer. For example, your broccoli is a ‘heavy breather’ and requires the most oxygen, compared to your carrots or pineapple which doesn’t require any.
VentSmarts are Tupperware’s ‘intelligent’ containers, they’re designed in collaboration with top food scientists from the University of Florida to keep refrigerated fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
They are designed with a 3-way venting system that regulates the atmosphere inside the container, balancing the flow of oxygen coming in and carbon dioxide going out. So keep things fresh by storing together produce that are from the same ‘breathing group’ (don’t worry, there’s a pictogram on the front of each VentSmart).
Clear Mates Fridge Storage Container Multi Set$197.00 NZD
Set of 4 Clear Mates Square Fridge Storage Containers$144.00 NZD
TIP 3: Invest in products that help save you time, without sacrificing flavour.
It’s funny to think that there was a time when our whole day was centred around food. Catching it, cooking it, eating it. Now, we live in a very different climate. Junk food has become the go-to because of its ease factor, but sadly our health has taken a hit because of it.
We are all for saving time in the kitchen and with kitchen time-savers such as our microwave cooking range, we can easily whip up delicious, healthy meals, in a fraction of the time (and you don’t need to be a chef in the kitchen either).
Some of our globally recognised products help you achieve just that. Our Micro Pressure Cooker, gives you the taste of a slow-cooked meal, in minutes not hours! Or our MicroPro Grill which is an all-in-one appliance that allows for two-sided grilling, casserole cooking and baking within your microwave – maintaining 220°C!
Micropro Grill$369.00 NZD
Heat N Eat Family Pack (Set Of 7) | Meal Prep Containers$315.00 NZD
Micro Pressure Cooker$289.00 NZD
TIP 4: Food Prep can help you make healthier choices
Food prep isn’t this lofty word meant for bodybuilders or athletes – it’s for all of us wanting to live healthier and fuller lives. One of the main reasons we don’t make healthier choices is because we believe we are time-poor. Our lack of time isn’t the issue, the issue is our prioritisation of time.
Which is where food preparation comes in. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend all day slaving over the stove. It can simply mean when cooking a meal, make double your usual size and then store half away for another day (use our Heat N Eat containers to take your meals from fridge to freezer to microwave).
TIP 5: Implementing strong habits
When we want to change elements of our lives, for example eating healthier or having a better morning routine, we try to implement everything at once. For some people, this may work, but for the majority, this is where we fail. You don’t run a marathon by running 42kms your first day – you implement small routines and then build on them.
The foundation of implementing good habits isn’t found on motivation alone. Motivation only gets you so far because at some point it runs out (new years gym resolution anyone?).
The key is found in drilling down to the identity of that habit.
It’s not about losing weight primarily. It’s really about being the type of person that’s healthy and can run after your kids on the playground or will live long enough to see your grandchildren grow up.
It’s not about quitting social media for 30 days because you’ve found yourself nighttime scrolling too much. Instead, it’s about being the type of person that is present in the moment and uses their time on things that matter and helps them grow. It’s about asking yourself, who is the person you want to be and how would that person act