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Set Up Visual Reminders
To keep your refrigerator from becoming the graveyard where celery and deli meats go to die, Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland,suggests taking a large picture you love to look at and taping it up in the back. If you can't see at least part of it, the fridge is likely too full. When you buy new groceries, borrow a trick from the store and rotate older items to the front—if you see them, you're more likely to use them. Finally, when produce and leftovers are starting to reach the end of their life span, Bloom moves them to his "use it up" shelf. "I'd try to remember what had to be eaten soon, but I'd forget," he says. "Now I just look at my shelf."