Early Morning Jog Motivated Me to Declutter and Reorganise the Fridge

Early morning lockdown-style exercise

I knew today was going to be busy at work so to help energise me, I got up a bit earlier and went for a brief lockdown-style jog in the sunshine (second one this week). Once back, I had enough time before logging on to work to quickly sort out the kitchen which somehow led me onto cleaning the shelves in the fridge and rearranging everything (mad I know, but I was in the mood to do it).

A full and organised fridge

To be honest, it didn’t take long at all. I moved the food that had the longest date into the bottom two drawers, it was almost like I was hiding things. There’s a reason… I’m still training the rest of the family to eat things in date order. So, if I move items out of sight into the drawers and rotate them onto the shelves as new stuff comes in, we don’t get as much waste and everything gets eaten in order.

Work-life balance

Worked non-stop on my day job today until about 6pm without a break which is unlike me. I did manage to have lunch about 3pm but I was emailing at the same time. Hanging the washing out could possibly count as having a break I suppose but not really long enough. I’m usually quite good at stopping and taking time out from my laptop, so I’m not too worried that I didn’t do it today. Let’s call it a one-off.

Overall the work life balance wasn’t too good today. I fitted in a bit too much again. I took on the challenge of making a home-made meat pie for dinner as I got the meat out last night. I had been slow cooking the stewing steak for over eight hours during the day. I found a recipe online and it turned out really well.

When I finished work I then remembered that I still had to make the pastry for the pie. With having to do all of the potatoes and veg as well it took up a good chunk of my evening. One of my daughters helped peel the potatoes and the other one did the dishwasher so that helped. They also made a lovely dessert – home-made chocolate cornflake cakes with smarties on top. Yum!

I was shattered by 8.30pm and then remembered it was bin day tomorrow (that week has gone really quick!)

I did actually relaxing after that. I’ll try to take it a bit slower tomorrow.

Until then…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com
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3 Responses to Early Morning Jog Motivated Me to Declutter and Reorganise the Fridge

  1. Maria says:

    I can identify with a dinner that takes up a lot of your time in the preparation. You just want it to be on the table, it takes ages and then when you’re eating it, you wonder if it was worth all the effort! I did one like that last week! At least you had a bit of help at hand though…

    Do you normally always do the day job from home, or is this just since the lockdown?
    I’m curious as I usually work from home, when I’m not out visiting customers or doing exhibitions etc I’m a Business Development Manager. When I first started working from home, I found it really hard to take my breaks for a variety of reasons, and talking to those that are now forced to work from home they are feeling the same.

    I’ve been furloughed, so have nothing to keep me occupied other than housework and decluttering, yesterday I said I’d get back to it, but I didn’t, I’m feeling a bit lost, and I’ve not been out for a few days now which I know isn’t good. I must make an effort.

    • Thanks for your comment Maria. The truth is that I don’t enjoy cooking and trying to come up with different lunches and dinners every day to please everyone can be difficult. Sometimes it’s ok and sometimes I am not in the mood.
      Re work, I usually go into the office and pop home at lunchtime which gives me the break I need. I need to get better at the breaks now that I am home, although I do work two shorter days so get some housework done then.
      That must be a big adjustment for you being furloughed. Suddenly you have lots of time but can’t get motivated. In a way that’s worse than being really busy and trying to fit everything in. Have you got any hobbies?

  2. Wow, early morning jogs really get you going! By the way do you have a freezer? I am used to the fridge and the freezer being together.

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