Thursday, October 7, 2010

Organized eating, or simplified salads

I have three main places where I do the business of being a professional organizer: at the home or office of a client, in my car getting to and from my client, and in my home office. On days when I am mostly working at home, I take time out of my day to make a healthy lunch. Access to my fridge and kitchen during the work day is one of the definite perks of operating a business from home. I really like to eat salads, because they are a lot of food but also good for you. The kinds of salads I like have lots of ingredients that require chopping. And even though I do take the time to make a salad and sit down and eat it, I don't want to be prepping for half an hour every day. So, on Sundays, I set aside some time for chopping, fill up several plastic storage containers with veggies, and then when I'm putting together lunch during the week my refrigerator becomes an in-home salad bar.

Things I like to chop and eat:
  • Cucumbers
  • Black olives
  • Green onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes (though I never do these in advance, as they don't keep well in the fridge)
  • Lettuce
Things I like to prep and eat:
  • Garbanzo beans or black beans
  • Homemade salad dressing (oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, some fresh herbs if I have any)
Creative Commons photo posted to Flickr by Rene Ehrhardt

Lelah Baker-Rabe is a Los Angeles-based professional organizer. To discuss your organizing needs, call her at 818.269.6671 or email


  1. This is a great idea even if you don't work from home! We have a full sized refrigerator at work, and I just figured out that I can bring a whole tub of soup made at home to reheat by the bowl-full. I never thought of bringing parts to assemble in our work kitchenette, but it is quite possible. I should keep this in mind more - it is much easier to go to the gym before work or errands afterwards without having to bring lunch along every day.

  2. Super tip for those of us who want to eat more healthful!

  3. I need to start doing this again...thanks for the reminder, Lelah!

  4. Thanks for the feedback Lena, Brenda and Lisa. Off to make a salad! :)