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The kitchen is the heart of the home and being able to organize your refrigerator will help your whole kitchen to feel organized (it does this for me, anyway)♥. It will feel like a clean kitchen all over!
The kitchen is where the family gets together. It is where we do homework, make meals, eat meals, do our arts & crafts, etc. The kitchen is where we spend most of our time. The only thing that drives me crazy is a messy kitchen. It can be a sink filled with dishes, a dishwasher that needs to be unloaded or a refrigerator that feels messy. So… let’s tackle the refrigerator and get it organized (and clean). I know, not too much fun, but it will get you started.
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I love the rich, matte look on these appliances. The black stainless puts a new face on the finish you know and love, giving your space a sleek edge. Did I mention that it doesn’t show fingerprints? With four kids, that makes it my favorite feature and part of the reason why I wanted these new appliances.
Whether you’re replacing one appliance or an entire suite, black stainless will seamlessly fit in or boldly stand out. We had our cabinets refinished as well and I LOVE the way the kitchen looks now, with white cabinets next to the black stainless appliances.
The organizing is definitely easier when you start out with a refrigerator that can handle those issues that I used to have with my old refrigerator. A fridge for every family, a place for everything! (Oh- and complete side note, but we LOVE the water feature on the front. You can push a button that says 8 oz., 16 oz. or 24 oz. and hit “FILL”. Then you leave your cup and walk away, as it fills to that amount and stops. I use that feature so many times a day!) It prevents spills when the kids are getting their drinks, too.
Let’s talk about cleaning out your refrigerator & keeping it organized:
What you need to begin:
A permanent marker
Tape or labels
What you need to do now:
Take everything out of your refrigerator (make sure that you have at least 30 minutes to do this because you can’t leave your food sitting out for too long). I would do the freezer section after you do the refrigerator section, to give yourself more time, to avoid thawing your food.
Clean the shelves.
Scrub the food and spilled drinks from the shelves (soapy water works well for this, or a cleaner, or vinegar and water).
Throw away any old food or drinks.
Time to Put Things Back
Add tape or labels to your items and write the date on anything that is opened. I use a marker to write on the lids of things or on the tape if it isn’t a disposable container (ex: applesauce container, write on the lid. Left-over dinner in my own container, write on the tape. I would write “2/12/13” or whatever the date is – Now I will know that this is only good for a week past this date, or whatever your time frame is for your item.)
When we have eaten the food, I just peel off the tape & throw it away before putting the container into the dishwasher
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 what our Whirlpool Black Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Refrigerator looks like once it’s organized:
The shelves adjust, so we raised our middle shelf a bit, to allow room for taller bottles.
Below is a close-up of the freezer. I had always wanted a freezer that pulls out like this. I love it. Oh… and yes, that is a lot of ice cream, but if I’m being honest, I finished my Mint Chocolate Chip one right before I took this.
The Front of the Refrigerator:
I like to keep most of my things on the side of the refrigerator to keep the front clean. On the front, I keep one picture of each of our kids and one thing from school (see my School work & artwork organization here). On the side, I keep my calendar and important paperwork. Report cards go here, too. 🙂
It’s time to clean. Start by taking everything off of the front and sides.
Go through it and throw away what needs to be thrown away. See if you can move the rest to the side.
Tape a large envelope to the side and use it to store important receipts that you need to keep. When it is full, go through it and throw away what you do not need. This can be a great system for any paperwork.
Use another large envelope for other paperwork that you need (school handbooks, etc…)
The same rule goes for the top. It is easy to just throw it up there & forget about it. Today is the day where you remember it and take care of it! If it is something ‘waiting to be fixed’ (in our case, a picture frame was up there for about 6 months!), either fix it or toss it. If it is a book, return it or donate it. If it is paperwork, file it or throw it out!
Now clean the front of the refrigerator until it is shiny and DO NOT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TOP! It is dusty up there, trust me.
Good luck! This can be a lengthy process for one little refrigerator, but it is worth it and will make you feel so much ‘cleaner’! Remember to keep up with this. After you are finished reading this, go to your calendar and find the date that is ten days from today & write “Go through refrigerator”. 🙂