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Mother-of-two behind ‘Australia’s most organised fridge’ reveals her organisation secrets

A mother behind one of the most perfectly-organised fridges in the country has shared the secrets behind her stylish kitchen item, and revealed how her system has cut cooking time in half.

Belle Saf, 37, from Melbourne, told FEMAIL she spent two years researching her fridge makeover and deciding on the exact containers she wanted, before she started to put together her dream look.

Nowadays, Belle said she shops for her food each fortnight, and then cuts up her fruit and vegetables so she has more time to spend with her two children and only needs to toss pre-cut veggies into a pan or pot when she needs to make dinner.

‘It’s made such a difference to the amount of time I’m able to spend with my children,’ Belle told Daily Mail Australia. ‘It’s cut my cooking time in half.’

A mother behind one of the most perfectly-organised fridges in the country shared the secrets behind her stylish kitchen item, and revealed how her system has cut cooking time in half

Nowadays, Belle said she shops for her food each fortnight, and then cuts up her fruit and vegetables so she has more time to spend with her two children (pictured: her cut-up veggies)

Nowadays, Belle said she shops for her food each fortnight, and then cuts up her fruit and vegetables so she has more time to spend with her two children (pictured: her cut-up veggies)

The mum-of-two said she started work on her fridge around two years ago, when she and her family moved into their home after a long seven months in a tiny rental.

‘I started collecting my glass Decor containers from Big W,’ she said.

‘I waited until they were half price before I bought them, and then I purchased a large selection that filled the fridge.’

Belle said she now swears by the containers for prolonging the life of many fruits and vegetables. 

Much of her food, she said, lasts for as long as three weeks. 

The mum-of-two said she started work on her fridge around two years ago, when she and her family moved into their home after a long seven months in a tiny rental - she bought the Decor containers (pictured) for half price from Big W

The mum-of-two said she started work on her fridge around two years ago, when she and her family moved into their home after a long seven months in a tiny rental – she bought the Decor containers (pictured) for half price from Big W

Next, the 37-year-old said she started doing 'food prep tasting', so that she could 'figure out which fruit and veggies worked and lasted and which didn't' (pictured: some of her vegetables)

Next, the 37-year-old said she started doing ‘food prep tasting’, so that she could ‘figure out which fruit and veggies worked and lasted and which didn’t’ (pictured: some of her vegetables)

Which fruits and vegetables work well cut up in the fridge? 

* Carrots

* Capsicum

* Broccoli

* Asparagus

* Butternut squash

* Zucchini

* Mushrooms 

Next, the 37-year-old said she started doing ‘food prep tasting’, so that she could ‘figure out which fruit and veggies worked and lasted and which didn’t’.

Belle has since found out that the likes of carrots work well in a container when cut up, but they do not work when kept in the fridge drawer – where they soften quickly. 

‘Once I was satisfied I purchased some more containers and got to work,’ Belle said.

Since then, the mum said she shops for groceries every fortnight, spends one afternoon per fortnight cutting up her fruit and vegetables, before she puts them into the fridge with a meal plan so she knows exactly what she’s making each night.

‘I menu plan fortnightly and do weekly top up shops between. Everything lasts and stays fresh,’ Belle said. 

The mum-of-two said she spends around $170 per week on groceries for her family, and after she has done the shop she will deep wash all of her produce before cutting it up

The mum-of-two said she spends around $170 per week on groceries for her family, and after she has done the shop she will deep wash all of her produce before cutting it up

Which fruits and vegetables cut up do not work in the fridge?

* Kiwi

* Raspberries

* Blueberries

* Oranges

* Apples

* Potatoes 

* Onions 

When it comes to the fridge layout, Belle said there are some items she will leave as whole.

‘Fruits like apples, kiwi and oranges are never cut up. I also don’t cut veggies like potatoes and onions as these do not last well,’ she said. 

‘In general, vegetables can last two weeks cut up in the containers in the fridge, while fruit lasts one.’

The mum-of-two said she spends around $170 per week on groceries for her family, and after she has done the shop she will deep wash all of her produce before cutting it up.

‘I’ve found that pre-washing and thoroughly drying the fruit and vegetables saves time when I need to use them,’ she said.

‘I spend approximately one hour washing, cutting and packing, but in the long run I think I save many hours per week.

‘When I cook, I simply grab whatever I need and put it in the frying pan – no washing or chopping, which cuts cooking time in half.’

Belle, who has a background in real estate and event styling, has also re-designed her pantry (pictured), so that it looks like a 'Hamptons-inspired space' on a budget

Belle, who has a background in real estate and event styling, has also re-designed her pantry (pictured), so that it looks like a ‘Hamptons-inspired space’ on a budget

Belle said her system also means that she never has ‘any waste’.

‘I always base my meals around the extra vegetables I have,’ she said.

‘So for example, if I buy one kilogram of carrots, I make sure I choose meals that contain carrots so they aren’t wasted.’

She added that when the fridge is organised, her children are inclined to eat more fruit and the family are less likely to order takeaway as they know how easy it is to just whip up a dinner. 

‘My tips for others looking to overhaul their fridge is to empty the fridge and write down a list of the regular groceries you buy,’ Belle said.

‘This allows you to work out what is needed regularly and to create categories in the fridge.’

She also recommends measuring your fridge so that you can find out which sized containers will work best inside it – before purchasing as many as you can fit and sticking to your new system.

When Belle shared a photo of her fridge on Instagram, she was quickly met with an influx of praise and more than 1,000 likes.

‘I just love this organisation,’ one person wrote. 

Belle, who has a background in real estate and event styling, has also re-designed her pantry, so that it looks like a ‘Hamptons-inspired space’ on a budget.

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