Today is the monthly #BloggersOrganize2016 Kon Mari Organizing project day!
I have been extremely motivated to whip my house into shape, thanks to the Kon Mari Method; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book. My previous monthly challenges have included paperwork and my drawers. Today is the refrigerator!
Even though Marie Kondo doesn’t exactly speak to the refrigerator in her book, I have channeled her and done my best at organizing and Kon Mari’ing my way to a new and improved (and clean!) refrigerator which I’m sharing with you today!
This is a before shot of my refrigerator.
Yikes and ick!
We are a busy family of 5 so that fridge door is constantly swinging open and closed with very little rhyme or reason to the organization.
My first step was to empty it all completely out and see what I was in for.
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did that, cringe!
I decided to not only tackle the cleaning but to shift shelves around and organize everything better as well.
One of the main issues I have is spills, so to tackle that, I bought some cheap plastic placemats from Target and cut them to fit the shelves. My hope is that this will make clean up easier. I can quickly pull out a mat and wipe it much easier than a whole shelf.
After throwing away all the expired food and leftovers, I went about reorganizing the contents and labeling some bins so that hopefully in Kon Mari style, everything will have its place.
I realized in tackling this project, I had WAY too many leftovers just hanging out in there. I don’t know about you, but somehow leftovers seem less than appealing when you aren’t sure how long they’ve been around! To help manage this better and to lessen the wasted food, I designed a printable which I am going to laminate and stick on the outside of the fridge. I can then use a wipe marker to list the item and the date. This way, we will always know what’s available and how long its been in there. Guess what?
This is for you also!!
AND it’s not over yet.
Once I got all the goodies cleaned, sorted and put back in the refrigerator, I decided it needed one last thing to keep it freshened up; a DIY Fridge Deodorizer.
This simple recipe was mixed up in less than a minute.
DIY Fridge Deodorizer
2/3rd cup Baking Soda
20-30 drops of Essential Oils (Vanilla, Lemon, or Orange) (Your preference)
I packaged it in a cute little Mason jar and bought a Transforms insert for the lid. This way, the scent escapes, put the whole thing won’t be dumped if it gets knocked over!
Alrighty! This was one project that was way overdue in my house! What about yours?
I have found myself opening and shutting that fridge door just to look (and smell!) my handiwork. 🙂
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