Monday, April 4, 2011

Project Simplify: Hot Spot #4

I'll be honest with you Simple Mom's Hot Spot #4 has been my most favorite by far. I have a better feeling of accomplishment with the results of this project. My master bedroom closet seemed to have a big show, but it was literally just dumping the unnecessary. Hot Spot #4 was a definite mission of organization for convenience, which I absolutely love doing. I know- I'm a nerd.

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
The fridge results:

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
Along the way I had a little helper stop by too:

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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  1. Wow! Now can you come clean mine? It looks sparkling clean and so organized. What type of drawer liners? Is it like contact paper? I'm going to use that tip for sure.

  2. Now can you come clean mine? Lol. It looks so sparkling clean, especially the drawers. Are the drawer liners similar to contact paper? I'm definitely going to have to use that tip in the future. Our fridge drawers are gross.

  3. I so need to do this. I think i have some nasty fungi growing in the dark corners! Yuck! Thanks for the heads up on this. I hope to tackle this one soon.

  4. It looks great!! I love your mint extract hint from your mom! I'm going to try that the next time I clean it!
    Also like the drawer liner idea. The drawers get so gross don't they? ugh.. but of course I never have any fruits or vegetables go bad in my fridge drawers... {cough...cough...sputter..} lol
    Thanks for linking up to my Organizing Mission link party!

  5. Looks great! I used to be a fanatic about a clean and organized fridge..even keeping a few cut flowers in there to brighten it up ala' Alexandra Stoddard style! Then my family grew and I got lazy. The mint extract makes me excited enough to want to try tackling my own! Great JOB!

  6. I was just looking at my fridge the other day wondering how I could rework it so that I could send kids to get what they want and not have to trudge to the kitchen every snack time. You did a fab job!!

    Glad to have found you through Serenity Now!


  7. Hurray for you!! Cleaning the fridge out can be such an icky chore. Believe me, I have let ours get pretty bad from time to time. I also have a hard time with meals because my husband works a lot and isn't home during dinnertime very often. It's NO fun to cook for myself and two kids, and when he is home, he is picky! So...I think you did a great job. An organized fridge makes me feel better. :)

    Thanks so much for joinking my Weekeend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. :)


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