Once upon a time before I had kids I used to be pretty organized. You know everything had a place. These days I’m lucky if I get all the forks in my kitchen drawer. I am not the most organized person out there. But, I am on a mission to get it together!
I get so overwhelmed with thinking about every room at one time. This doesn’t help so don’t do it, just don’t!
Where To Start
Pick one room and start there. I chose my kitchen and wrote down everything in that room that needed to be organized. Like this..
MY KITCHEN CLEANING LIST
Refrigerator (don’t forget the freezer)
- Pots and Pans
- Coffee & Tea Cabinet
- Beer & Wine glass Cabinet
- Caned Goods Cabinet
- Oils & Syrups Cabinet
- Baking Pans Cabinet
- Plates and Cups Cabinet
- Under the Sink!
Now, just go down the list organizing and cleaning one thing at a time. Take it day by day, each day crossing another accomplishment off the your list. I can not explain to you just how good this made me feel, you’ll have to feel it for yourself.
I didn’t take a picture of my fridge before I started but I’m about to paint a picture for you. I started by removing everything that we didn’t use and pretty much just sat there awaiting it’s expiration date.
I took out all the shelfs and gave everything a very good and much needed scrub down!
My refrigerator was an absolute mess! I swear I would lose food in there! Only later to find it starting to grow mold. This was not cool and it gave me anxiety! It also made it much harder to get meals or snacks ready for my family.
I guess I never thought it would but it does.
I decided to run my butt all the way to the Dollar Tree like my life depended on it..okay, I drove there. But, my life really did depend on it. Life is so much easier when you know where everything is and it sure helps with five kids running around.
HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR FRIDGE
I bought four bins for only 1 dollar each! Use them how you want. Don’t try to organize your fridge based on what you’ve seen work for others on Pinterest.
The key here is to organize it based on what works for you and your family. Im just showing you example on what worked for me.
I used each of those four bin for food we were going to be eating in the week or two to come.
- A bin for fruit (yummy strawberries & grapes).
- A bin for breakfast foods like chorizo and bacon.
- A bin for yummy veggies to go with our meals for the week.
- A bin for my onions & salad veggies.
We buy a lot of milk so I store some on top along with juice or extra beverages and my heavy whipping creams or yogurt on the left. My eggs fit right under my dairy rack and deli goes in the deli drawer.
The milk we are currently drinking gets put on the middle rack so my kids can easily pull it out when they want a cold glass of milk. Then we move a new gallon of milk down to replace the ones that we finish. I also store my fruit and veggy bins for the weeks here.
I used a plastic bin that I already had for our meat we are having for dinner the next day. It makes the clean up easier in case the meat bleeds out.
All my greens went into the storage bin above my potatoes. I put my potatoes in the bottom storage bin because It’s so much more easier for me to just open up the fridge and grab some. It also allows me to see when I’m running low (since I open the fridge a lot!).
From there I can easliy write it on my grocery list. It’s such a pain lugging the the bag out of the pantry!
This is what my fridge life looks like now. It’s SO PRETTY! It doesn’t give me anxiety anymore, I’m not disgusted to look in my fridge and it’s so much easier to prepare meals and snack for my family!
I will be buying a bin for pre-made snacks soon as well. This will really make snack time so much more easier! Especially for when we are on the go. I love that idea!
Im also thinking pre-made lunches in their own bin would make my life so much more easier.
When it’s snack time or lunch time you can just have your little ones slide out the container and pick something out. It will help them become more independent as well.
Take Away Notes
- A good way to make sure your fridge stays clean is by only buying food that will be used in the next week or two; to make snacks and meals.
- Give everything a place you will easily be able to see what you’re running out of so you can jot it down on your grocery list that you hopefully have on the fridge.
Don’t forget to clear off the top of your refrigerator and try to keep it that way. 😉