My weakest point in being a home manager is cooking meals. It may come from how I grew up, and some of it comes from just being flat tired at the end of the day. But a lot of it stems from how long it takes me to get food together and prepared. And it's sometimes because of how I have things arranged in my fridge.
But hopefully, I've come up with some solutions that will help in the long run and maybe you too.
My purpose during this whole project was to
- create conveniece
- arrange items in a more logical manner
- utilize space
- adjust items to teach my toddler to start engaging in food prep
- remove the term "I wish" out of my vocabulary when it came to shelving levels
- clean the yuck
I first tackled our fridge, who my family affectionately calls "Blanca", by preparing a cleaning solution my mom taught me specifically for the fridge. Basically it's a bucket of hot water, any cleaning agent, and the best part- mint extract.
You don't have to add but a few drops to your hot water mixture. A little goes a long way. This combo solution not only makes your fridge look clean, but smell amazingly clean too. The cool from the fridge and mint scent is heaven.
I tackled the door to the fridge first by removing EVERYTHING in the door out, and scrubbed like a mad woman. This is the perfect time to move shelves around, so I did that too.
After the big scrub down, I placed everything back into the shelves in a way that works best for me and the goals I wanted. This is how I divided them up:
- top shelves dairy
- middle shelves condiments only
- lowest shelf juices or drinks that have screw on lids
Then I worked on the shelves on the inside. Again- I removed EVERYTHING. (Believe me this is much better than removing everything all at once.) Then did the crazy scrub down. Some of my shelves were glass that came out, and yes I took those out as well and let them soak in the sink of cleaning solution. Then I dived back into the nasty.
I finished the scrub down and put the glass shelves back in, and began a family friendly arrangement of items.
- Top shelf: Canned sauces, eggs and anything that cannot be pulled down without making a huge mess
- Below that breads, prepared veggies for cooking and dairy condiments (sour cream and such)
- Next is left overs (things my hubby and I can grab quickly for lunch the next day)
- Bottom sippy cups and prepared fruits so I can start teaching my toddler to become more independent with food, and help me as part of his chores
Then the last and probably grossest part- the drawers. Once again, they were emptied out too.
Here is a little helpful hint too. I cut out drawer liners and place them in the bottom of my drawers. This is really great if something leaks, you only have to take out the liner instead of the entire drawer. But today- the drawers came out too because things were looking purdy bad.
So while those babies took a soaker in the cleaning solution- the drawers and everything got a good scrub as well. Afterward, they looked amazing:
So they all went into their rightful spot, and I began the arrangement of food.
- Top drawer- red and yellow veggies and fruit
- Middle drawer- green veggies
- Bottom- meats and cheeses
And with a big sigh of relief I FINISHED!!!!!
Let me tell you- I am LOVING the results.
Not only is my little guy getting his own drinks and such, I can actually find things in a quick-flash hurry.
Yea clean fridge. Yea resourceful placements. Yea Simple Mom.
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