So this week it happened. I finally had enough.
It was time to clean out our overstuffed, disorganized, and sticky refrigerator. This is one of those tasks that I generally put off until I can’t stand it anymore – as was the case this week. Here is the terrifying before.
So, I got on my computer to design some labels for the drawers and shelves to help keep us organized, and set off to get the task done in one hour or less. I say, if you have to do unpleasant tasks, best to do them quickly!
And guess what? I did it! I timed it and it took me exactly one hour.
Since my little project went so well, I thought I would share a break down of how to get your fridge spotless and organized in the blink of an eye.
Phase 1: Sticky Mess Removal
- Start by taking all the food out of the fridge. You’ll want to make sure your counters and/or table are clear and ready to accept the items to make it go quickly.
- As you remove things, throw out any old, moldy, or questionable items. Empty tupperware containing anything fuzzy, etc., and throw them in a sink full of hot, soapy water.
- Also, quickly sort the items roughly into how you plan to put them back in the fridge. The groupings I created were:
- Deli items (meats and cheeses)
- Tall items (i.e, milk cartons)
- Peanut butter, jelly, and butter (PB & J anyone?)
- Salad dressings and toppings
- Salsas and taco sauces
Phase 2: Dismantle & Clean
- Next remove all the shelves, drawers, and door containers/shelves. Spray the inside of the fridge and the door with cleaner and close the door. The interior stickiness can soak while you wash the drawers.
- Wash each shelf and drawer in your sink with warm water and dish soap. Rinse and dry.
- Wipe down the inside of the fridge and the door.
- Replace all of the drawers and shelves.
Phase 3: Organize
- If you are using labels, attach them now to the door shelves and drawers to help you know where to place the food items. I just used some packing tape to attach them to the clean drawers.
- Replace the food, using the groupings you have created.
Voila! A sparkling-clean, organized fridge in an hour. Aren’t you amazing?
So what do you think? Would this system work for you?
Next up, the freezer. Oh, and did I mention we have another refrigerator and two more freezers? Oh bother…