What your fridge-stacking style says about you

Did you know that the way use your fridge can speak volumes about your personality?

Like the dishwasher, stacking the fridge is very much a personal thing. Whether you're of the opinion that shoving it all in and closing the door is fine, or food and drinks need to occupy their own designated areas, it's an issue that divides the nation.

Turns out, the different ways of using your fridge can actually give a uniqe insight into your personality. Recently, lifestyle psychologist, Martha Tsakalos teamed up with Westinghouse and nutritionist, Dr. Joanna McMillan to create the Australian Fridge Stacking Personality Guide. 

Where do you sit?

The guide is based on four key personality styles, and each offers an insights on traits and tips for fridge-stacking. What group are you a part of?

The conscious and committed

Your fridge: Your fridge is always well-stocked and well-organised with a variety of different healthy foods. You know exactly where to keep fruits and vegetables (possibly arranged by colour) and dairy for optimal freshness. You’ll also find bottles of kombucha, plant-based milks, jars of sauerkraut and kimchi which are neatly stacked by expiry date. There are nut meals and fresh nuts in fridge or freezer for those mean bliss balls you make, and you won’t find Tim Tams in your fridge, but there is a block of dark 70 per cent cocoa chocolate in the door. There’s also fresh pet food – no dried kibble for these family members!

Signs that you’re a conscious and committed: Known for your self-discipline, you are reliable, organised and prompt with your emails. You are a lover of lists and people often turn to you to get stuff done because you play by the rules and pride yourself by your high standards. Your favourite sayings is “no, we’ve got food at home”, you exercise regularly and lead a healthy life. You avoid most packaged foods, embrace good fats, whole foods and are likely experimenting with low salt, and a low (or no) sugar diet. You shop organic or at the weekend markets. You’re in bed at 10pm after a cuppa (tea) during the week.



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The people-pleaser

Your fridge: Your fridge is organised chaos, well-stocked and well-lived in. On hand is a homemade lasagne, bags of salad, garlic bread and a ready-to-bake-pizza for easy mid-week meals. You can whip up a cheese platter in seconds, and there is a selection of store-bought dips to serve with chips and drinks in case of last-minute entertaining. Your freezer is also stocked with ice cream, frozen wontons, party pies, frozen pizza, chicken nuggets and oven chips – you’re always ready to host a get together be it footy finals or romcom reruns!

Signs that you’re a people-pleaser: Warm, friendly and compassionate, you will always go the extra mile for those you care about. Favourite phrases include “oh, you didn’t have to do that!”, and “happy to help!”. You are a solid team player, and your cooperation and tact make you a valuable asset in the workplace. Trusting by nature, you tend to see and bring out the best in others. You love entertaining, cooking and baking, often bringing goodies into the office to share. Eager to please, you’re the person most likely to purchase cheesy-vegemite spread, simply because you always stop to sample in-store (you feel bad for the staff on the stand!). You’re ethically conscious of your diet and have experimented with vegan or meat-free Monday.

The socialite

Your fridge: You don’t spend much time or energy on your fridge, it’s empty and unloved. Convenience foods such as BBQ chicken, instant rice and microwave-steam packet vegetables or frozen meals are staples. You have a beer or two on hand, as well as a bottle of champagne, white or rose wine that you’re chilling to take to a friend’s house (probably a people-pleaser!). There’s also milk chocolate, coffee shots and energy drinks for a pick-me-up – and there could even be a face mask or beauty treatment chilling as well!

Signs that you’re a socialite: You get your energy from interacting with others. Talkative, assertive and outgoing, you are more likely to be found out-and-about than at home, be it socialising or chasing the next challenge at work. People often admire and are inspired by you and your ability to build up strong relationships quickly. You mainly eat for convenience and comfort. There is less structure to your grocery shopping, you simply buy things when you run out. You often pick up ingredients on the way home from work or get takeaway. Your interest in food centres around the social setting, rather than the cooking itself.

The creative

What’s in your fridge: You have a well-stocked, well-lived-in, generally healthy, balanced fridge – which can be a bit cluttered at times. You’re creative in the kitchen and cook from scratch. Your fridge is full of flavoursome and unique condiments such as truffle cheese, olive tapenade, capers, homemade chutneys, dill pickles and cultured butter. You also have game meats, spatchcock, gourmet butcher cuts of meats. You have loads of fresh herbs micro-vegies and edible flowers. As well as tonic water for G&Ts and champagne (not sparkling) for entertaining.

Signs that you’re a creative: Open-hearted and creative, you love trying new things and travel often. In your group, you are known as “the cultured one”, and are a confident “foodie”. Insightful, imaginative and widely read, you are not afraid to speak up and challenge the status quo. A deep and meaningful conversation fills up your cup and you enjoy exploring life and its bigger questions. You are a gourmet shopper and confident experimenting with ingredients and flavour combinations that most people could never imagine. You’re passionate about cooking and prepare a variety of cross-cultural foods which you change up, week to week. You’re also a budding wine and craft beer connoisseur.

What happened when I got my fridge tested...

We thought we would test this theory out and have Dr Joanna analyse the contents of my fridge. I live with my husband and no children, and we often eat at home during the week, and out on the weekends. As a result, the fridge is kinda empty and the freezer - well, it's chock full of frozen meat and meals for the weeks ahead. Without knowing this, Dr Jo was bang on... she said:

"There are those who combine the two personalities– a kind of cross between The Conscious and Committed and The Creative. Then there is the Socialite. That’s you if you rarely cook or eat at home. These people are more likely to be single or a couple with no kids. You might find a bought prepared meal in their fridge, wine or other drinks, and perhaps some butter for making toast and vegemite, but not much else."

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