Friday, January 25, 2013

How To Clean Your Fridge: Clean now, Pretty Later

I'd love to know where I can find a notepad like this one!
I keep a To-Do list, and this one ^ has to be my favorite --- simple, and really effective. "ugh, To-Do's...where do I start!?  Oh...RIGHT THERE!"  Love it.    

I DO appreciate this one for it's honesty...  
well my Lovelies, with the weekend [and a new ad week] approaching I thought I'd propose a relevant To-Do for your consideration...

I don't know anyone personally who loves to clean out the fridge, but a clean fridge does make planning meals easier.  

...this is what goes through my head when I think about cleaning out the fridge...
[mmm-every time]  Ahem...

"I found that Pin on Pinterest.  I may as well clean it once instead of twice.  I'll clean it THEN."  

WHEN is "THEN?"  If it's an unscheduled date, or "when I have time" then despite my effort to save time I've actually set myself up to do it mmm-never and my fridge remains cluttered and sticky, until "THEN."

I'm constantly reminding myself, "clean now...pretty later."

I imagine you've done this before and have a method that works great for you.  For all of the budding college students out there:
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-a sponge/dishcloth for cleaning
-a dishcloth/paper towel for drying
-2 bowls warm water
◊  one WITH soap, for cleaning
◊  one without soap, for rinsing the yuck out of your sponge/dishcloth/etc.  It saves you multiple trips to the sink.
-IF you choose to use anti-bacterial wipes, use one wipe per surface [shelf, drawer, etc.]

Pull the trash can close.  *If you clear & clean one shelf/drawer at a time, the items you shift will spend less time out of the fridge.

Of course, if it smells off or if it's growing stuff, THROW IT OUT.  If
◊  you can't remember when you stored it,
◊  it's past its expiration date,
◊  you haven't used it in 2 weeks [and have no plan to use it], or
◊  it's a 2nd or 3rd bottle/jar/etc. of the stuff,
      you should probably throw it out. 

SHIFT items to keep to a nearby surface while you 
WIPE/DRY each shelf "area" [the top of the shelf, and the sides and back of the fridge].  *The bottom of each shelf is easier to wipe when you clean/clear the shelf below it.
REPLACE/ORGANIZE  Reunite refrigerator and contents in the best way that you can at the moment.  

No doubt we could browse Google Images for hours for "organized refrigerators."  [I'll link you to a few below.]  But, keep in mind that the "perfect" layout doesn't have a look so much as
◊  it makes sense to you and to those you live with, and 
◊  you can easily see/find the food in your fridge [which leads to using it regularly].

Done!  I'll leave you with a few fun links to inspire you AFTER you're finished cleaning ;)  [Remember, "clean now...pretty later."]
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Left  [SOURCE]
Center  [SOURCE]
Right  [SOURCE]  I love this Social Home post about her "Fancy Fridge Fail."

Leave a Comment below with a link to your new organized fridge, or to the one you're planning to have!  

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