Empty the Fridge & Clean
Before heading to the market, I purge items from the fridge that have expired, re-contain items that are still good yet may need a smaller container, and I also make sure anything that may expire soon is placed toward the front of the fridge. This keeps it from being forgotten. To get your fridge stone cold clean, check out this amazing Deep Cleaning How-To!
Contain Prepped Foods
Once I have returned from the market, I chop and prepare in advance any ingredients I'm able to. I make tuna salad for sandwiches during the week, I unbag mini carrots into a container, I wash the grapes and berries, hard-boil eggs, peel and contain.
Seems like a lot of work, but when you get in the habit and have the correct containment, it moves quickly each week. And you won't believe how much time you save every weekday by having your ingredients and snacks all ready in advance.