Every Sunday, I sit down and create a meal plan for the upcoming week, to take the guesswork out of the healthy dinner I should prepare each day for my family. A major source of stress was my daily 4:00 pm realization that the girls would soon be hungry, and that nothing was planned, prepared or even defrosted! I could go on and on about the benefits of a meal plan, but that’s a different topic that I will talk about soon on my blog.
Having a clean and organized fridge is another motivation for me to prepare better and healthier dinners for my family. However, after putting away all the groceries from my last trip to the store, I realized that I couldn’t really see what we had, and everything (especially the inside drawers) was overcrowded and unorganized. Just wiping down the shelves didn’t do it for me this time. I decided to take everything out and give my fridge a top-to-bottom clean-out. After all, a fridge is the one appliance that never gets a rest.
After I emptied the fridge and threw out anything past its prime, I took out all of the shelves and drawers and washed them with unscented soapy water. Try not to use scented detergent, as it will likely leave behind a scent the food might absorb. Once cleaned, I sprayed a clean cloth with my disinfectant spray (mix equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol) and wiped the inside of the fridge and the shelves before putting them back in. Seeing squeaky clean and sparkling shelves is like having someone give me an extra boost of oxygen. Ha!
All right! Now that everything sparkles, I am off to one of my favorite things ever—organizing!!!
During my recent trip to the Container Store, I picked up a few Lazy Susans. I love using them in my pantry, under the sink cabinet and now in my fridge. They just make it a breeze to reach things without taking everything out first. You can also find them on Amazon.
I like to keep my nuts in the fridge to extend their shelf life (nuts contain oils that spoil faster if stored at room temperature), and displaying them in a glass container makes them pretty to look at and easy to spot. Another product I found extremely functional and adorable is the egg crate that allows you spot how many eggs you have at one glance.
If you want awesome neatness in your drawers, use these dividers. They are deep, and they hold small items that normally clutter your entire drawer. With them, you can find what you need faster, and, with a glance, they let you spot what you need to buy the next time you are out grocery shopping.
Now that the fridge is clean and tidy, I am off to tackle the neighbor, aka the freezer. 🙂 We don’t want it to feel neglected, do we?!
I’d be excited to hear your tips and tricks for keeping your fridge neat and organized!