Refrigerator Organization, Part 2
Be sure to read my last blog post for Part 1, the first steps in getting your fridge organized.
How do you keep the fridge tidy and make it easy to find things? Follow these steps.
1. Always start by de-cluttering: remove the excess.
Do this by taking everything out of the fridge section by section, throwing out expired food or items you know you’ll never eat (condiments, unappealing leftovers), and cleaning the shelves as you go. A microfiber cloth with plain water or water and white vinegar works perfectly and won’t introduce toxic cleaners to the place where your food is stored.
2. Group like with like.
Do this in terms of both use/type of item and size, so you can arrange the shelf heights to match the items. For example, put all salad dressings and tall condiments like soy sauce together in one door shelf and put short condiments like mustard, olives, and jam or jelly together in another.
Refrigerator Organization, Part 1
Today’s blog is a request by my friend Renee who wants ideas about how to organize the fridge. I’m going to break it into three posts, so be sure to check back here for the next two weeks to get your fridge in tip-top shape.
How do you organize the refrigerator?
It’s not so different from organizing other things like desk drawers and bookshelves. The tricky part is that the contents of the fridge are always shifting as you use things up and buy new things.
What holiday is it today?
Today's tip is super quick so you can get back to enjoying the day.
Go to timeanddate.com to find out more about Martin Luther King Jr. Day and bookmark it to quickly and easily look up any holiday!
Catalog and Magazine Clutter
Catalogs and magazines can be fun to browse through every now and then, but this innocent-seeming form of entertainment can have cluttering consequences for your home and your mind.
Here’s a list of reasons why I recommend reducing or eliminating your consumption of catalogs and magazines:
Resolve to Have Less Clutter
Happy New Year!
This year, if you want to resolve to be more organized, you’ll need to start by resolving to get rid of the clutter. Stuff has no hope of staying organized and in its place when there’s just too much of it.
My favorite de-cluttering tool is the 2017 in 2017 Challenge Chart by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism.
It’s a great visual motivator to help you pare down. Even if you don’t achieve the 2017-item challenge, it’s fun to try and you’ll be amazed to see how much you can de-clutter. If you have kids, let them have fun with it by using different colors to fill in the boxes.
The other tool you’ll need: a disposable box or bag placed near the door of your home that is designated for outgoing items.
Mark it “donate” and whenever you come across something you no longer need, want, or love, toss it into the bag (or into the trash, if it’s not worth donating).
When the bag is full, don’t delay! Put it right into your car and bring it to a donation center, preferably one that’s near your home or on your usual route so you’ll actually go there. Can’t make it to a donation center? Call any one of a number of charities that will schedule a pick up of donations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, Savers, etc.).
Resolve to tame the clutter chaos!