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Sunday, November 15 2009

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's already the middle of November!  Wasn't it just Halloween!  Well, in order to keep pace with the upcoming holidays, there are some things you can do to make it go smoother.

In order to prepare for the large amount of food you might be preparing for Thanksgiving (including the storage of that pre-cooked turkey), I suggest that this is a good time to organize the inside of your refrigerator to accommodate the room you will need to store all that food.

Here are some quick tips for A Better Space in your fridge:

1.  TOSS - Go through your refrigerator and freezer, shelf by shelf, and toss out anything that has spoiled, has an expired date on it, anything you are unable to identify or that you know you no longer want. 

2.  CLEAN - Clear out one shelf at a time either by moving items to another shelf or temporarily removing them from the fridge or freezer.  You can lay them out on a towel on your counter or floor.  Wipe each shelf out with warm water and baking soda.  Scrape off any bits of food and wipe up any spills.  Don't forget the refrigerator door and drawers.  Then wipe down the items before they are returned to the fridge or freezer to remove whatever might be on the outside of them or stuck to the bottom. 

3.  CATEGORIZE - Designate different shelves for different categories.  By grouping things together, they will be easier to locate.  Some suggestions are to keep milk, juice and other drinks together.  Keep all left-overs together and towards the front so they are easily seen and used before they go bad.  Keep all breads together.  Keep all condiments together either on the door on in a low container on a shelf for easy access to the ones in the back.  Vegetables and fruits should be kept in their designated drawers with the correct setting to assure longer life.

4.  DON'T FORGET THE EXTERIOR - Clear the front of the fridge of all loose papers and toss anything that is outdated.  Coupons should be kept in a coupon organizer and recipes you intend to prepare should be placed in a recipe file.  Remove excess magnets to keep the front of the fridge free of clutter.

By using these simple suggestions, you will create more space inside and outside your refrigerator and freezer for the holidays and be able to find what you need more easily.

Don't let all that fridge clutter "gobble" up your space!

If you are overwhelmed with the prospect of getting organized, simply contact A BETTER SPACE.  I will be more than happy to help.

Enjoy your week!






Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 12:34 am   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
One way to keep clipped recipes from cluttering up your fridge door (or wherever you keep them) is to discard any recipes not used within (a week/a month/whatever time works best for you).
Posted by Janet Barclay, Organized Assistant on 10/24/2010 - 08:58 AM
Even better! Don't put them on the fridge to begin with. Use a binder, an index box or an accordian file...but that's another blog!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 10/24/2010 - 09:43 AM
Great tip about keeping leftovers towards the front of the fridge. It's those containers that often get pushed and smushed to the back of the shelf. I'm going to go move my leftovers containers right now--it's lunchtime!
Posted by Stacey Agin Murray on 11/13/2012 - 12:41 PM
Thanks Stacey. Glad you liked the tip. Very common issue in the fridge is those leftover containers. Keeping them in view keeps them in the forefront as a reminder to use them up. Enjoy your lunch!
Posted by Audrey on 11/13/2012 - 02:39 PM
I love these tips. I always give my refrigerator a little wipe down with chlorox wipes inside and out too. It really freshens it up and looks squeaky clean!
Posted by Ellen Delap on 11/13/2012 - 10:06 PM
Thanks for the reminder to clean up the outside of the fridge. I love that my stainless steel fridge won't let my family put magnets on them! Yeah
Posted by Margarita Ibbott on 11/13/2012 - 10:36 PM
Thanks for the tip Ellen. If we are going to go so far as to clean the fridge, might as well make it squeaky clean!
Posted by Audrey on 11/13/2012 - 10:43 PM
Margarita - There are certainly advantages to having the stainless steel fridge. Not being able to clutter up the exterior of it is certainly one of them. For some, it can be quite a change not having the ability to put magnets on the fridge.
Posted by Audrey on 11/13/2012 - 10:46 PM

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