Monday, April 4, 2011

Best Organizing Tips for Refrigerators

Hello! Welcome to my blog where I will let you in on all of the best organizing tips for every area of your home! Organizing doesn't have to be hard. Attacking it just a little bit at a time is the best way to approach it. And, the dividends you will receive by having a neat and organized home (and life) will far outweigh the time you spent on these organizing tips. Ready - lets get started!

Today's topic - best organizing tips for refrigerators. Admit it, it's not the first place you think of organizing. But it is a place you frequent a lot. And if it's not working to the best of its ability, it's time to take care of it. Ready? Here are the easy steps.

  1. take everything out. (have you noticed that's always the first step of any reorganizing job?)
  2. toss anything that is past its expiration date, or anything you just never use.
  3. wipe down the shelves with a cleaning cloth and a food safe cleaner (vinegar and water, baking soda, whatever strikes your fancy)
  4. line the produce drawers with newspaper (my drawers are the exact size of a regular newspaper section, go figure!) and a paper towel. This makes it easy to clean the next time - you just toss or recycle the whole bit.
  5. get a small plastic turntable that you put on a short shelf. Rubbermaid makes a good one. http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-2936-2936-RD-WHT-Turntable/dp/B0000BYCDT. This is used for all of your condiments. Put it on a shelf and fill it up with all those small things that like to lurk on the back of the shelf. Spin it aound when you need to get to something.
  6. designate a leftover shelf. Anything that needs to be used up and/or is free range for snacking goes here.
  7. give each family member their own reusable water bottle. Label them. Store these on the door. Family members can grab it easily and not use a glass. (run it through the dishwasher once a week.)
  8. if you want to get fancy, put plastic place mats, cut to size on the shelves. These are easier to wipe off then the actual shelf because they are easy to remove. Just keep in mind they need to be replaced fairly often, due to wear & tear.
  9. consider getting a milkman. Lots of areas have them now. Fresh milk, eggs, & juice delivered right to your door. Costs a bit more, but you're worth it. And it eliminates last minute runs to the store and all those impulse buys. Have had mine for over 15 years! Just google "milkman" and your state to see what's available.
  10. designate a bread shelf so all the bread products don't end up in the back of the fridge.
  11. store fresh washed lettuce directly in the salad spinner you washed it in. Perfect atmosphere for lettuce - not too wet, not too dry.
  12. put everything else back.
  13. enjoy you're newly designed, better functioning fridge!
Great job! Go pour yourself some coffee or tea & relax.

If you would like more organizing tips, find more in my book, 30 Days to an Organized Home, by clicking on the title. Also available on Kindle.

be organized!.....evelyn



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