If we can learn anything from the success of Marie Kondo, it’s that there are a surprising number of people who take a perverse pleasure in seeing stuff get tidied. Like a real life game of Tetris, watching books and clothes neatly slot onto precisely angled shelves is basically porn for clean freaks. Given this, we shouldn’t really be surprised when something satisfying ends up breaking the internet. And yet, it’s still a shock when it happens.
The latest in the long line of life hacks to blow the online community’s collective mind has appeared on Instagram, after a user shared the contents of their beautifully organised fridge with the platform. User @theeagerteacher revealed how she places individual ingredients into carefully managed pots, causing pandemonium when the picture was eventually shared on Facebook. According to Fox News, the image has accrued an astonishing 84,000 likes, 32,000 comments and more than 115,000 shares since it was posted on September 15th.
In a caption accompanying the post, @theeagerteacher, real name Sarah Hornung, wrote:
“Sunday self-serve is ready for the week. ?????? After grocery shopping I always wash and prep all of the food that is considered self-serve in our house. Self-serve for my kiddos means help yourself without asking and it’s always an okay snack (any time of day, bedtime snacks, etc.) It also helps me when I’m packing lunches and snacks, or as a side dish when dinner doesn’t include something they will definitely eat or if we have a busy/late night.”
“There’s something about having things truly ready to grab that makes kids eat it. I could leave the baby carrots in a bag or leave the grapes on the stems but they wouldn’t eat it. You can see more of my Sunday meal prep routines in my highlights under Meal Prep ??
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In an October 1st interview with Today, Hornung revealed how shocked she was that the meal prep had proved so popular with the public. As she put it:
“I am shocked at how viral it became, but the more I read the comments from people, the more I understand it. Everyone can relate to throwing out untouched produce at the end of the week and most parents find themselves in some kind of negotiation with kids over food on the regular. It's not an expensive or complicated hack. All you need is some old quart containers and your normal grocery haul.”
If the original photo is anything to go by, niftily packaged ingredients may soon be making an appearance in fridges everywhere.