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Once you organize your refrigerator, you’ll feel so much better.  It will feel like a clean kitchen all over!

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What you need to do now:

  • Line your clean shelves with saran wrap or press n seal. When sometime spills, you can just replace the wrap with a new clean sheet. (Thanks to The Virtuous Wife for this tip – here is how she did them.  She used colorful wrap to show us how it works!)
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  • Write on leftovers like they did in  Wellness News. 
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  • You may want to invest in a turn table for the refrigerator, like Martha Stewart suggests.turntable
  • She also suggests using hanging shelves to keep those little containers organized (like the one under the milk and juice):mld106363_1110_fridge_basket_vert
  • Combine items and put them into smaller containers (soup into baggies, waffles out of the box and into freezer bags, etc…). I like to make a shelf or basket just for vegetables, one for meats, one for ice cream (yes, I have that much!), etc…    Here is a great example (below) from BHG.

  • Utilize the outside of the refrigerator.  You could buy something like this to organize your spices on the side of the refrigerator, too!615kR7eCiuL._SL1314_
  • If you are ready to move on to other parts of your kitchen, you can move onto Day two… CABINETS & DRAWERS IN 5 EASY STEPS

  • Or if you are ready to tackle the house, check out my book: Freed from Clutter (all of my organizing tips in one easy-to-download book)

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Hi I’m just reading through these. There are some awesome tips I am sure I will be putting to use. I go through our refrigerator the same day every week. It is usually Tuesday mornings(that’s our garbage day) and I throw out anything that is older than a week or that I know won’t be eaten in the next day or two before it’s week is up. I haven’t done the tape and date thing but will probably do it in the future. I do record what we eat on a wall calendar so I can look back at it and see when things will be “expiring”. Thanks again for all the great ideas in all of the challenges.

  2. I like to use a wet-erase marker on my leftovers containers instead of tape and sharpie(like Expo Vis-a-Vis–the kind we’d use on overhead transparencies back in elementary school). I keep one within easy reach of the fridge and scribble the date on the container as it goes in. It saves the whole tape step since it washes right off in the dishwasher or with just water. It does not smudge or wash off in the fridge (unless something spills on it).

  3. Awesome tips! I HAVE to get organized or I am going to go insane! You may have just inspired me to start on organizing my refrigerator today!

    1. yay! 🙂 I’m so glad! Try to do the series & let me know how it goes!

  4. I just found this through Pinterest. And…lent starts tomorrow…just coincidence?? I think not!! ;). Divine intervention?? Probably more likely ;). So I am challenging myself with this, starting tomorrow with my fridge! I did think of my secretary & how she makes fridge clean out every Thursday and then she makes her grocery list off of that for her Friday grocery store trip. I thought she was just a genius!! Wanted to share with everyone. Thanks for your inspiration 🙂

    1. haha, Stephanie! You are too funny!! Go for it!!! You can do this! 🙂

  5. Hey, even if I just did the lining the shelves idea, I’d be STREAKS ahead of where I am right now! :O)

  6. I really enjoyed this site and I tried following your 40 days to declutter section but moving on to day 2 just circles to your book. While I plan on getting your book at some point I’m not ready to at this point and it was a little disappointing to find that day 2 doesn’t actually exist. I don’t know if it’s broken or not or if it’s just acting up, maybe it doesn’t like my phone. Either way thanks for the ideas for activities. Very helpful.

  7. Your link to the next day, cabinets and drawers isn’t correct. It goes to your book. Thanks for all the tips!!