Organized Home Week 1 – The Refrigerator

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

Our Home Organization challenge begins today, and we start with a refrigerator makeover and a giveaway!  Double yay!

My refrigerator stays pretty organized during the year UNTIL the holidays.  After all the re-arranging in order to fit the extra food that I make for our Christmas Morning Breakfast and holiday gatherings, the fridge is a mess.  So I dedicate the following picture to those that wonder if my kitchen is always sparkling and my fridge is full of perfectly arranged bpa-free bottled waters that always face forward:

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

Here are the steps that I took to get my refrigerator in top shape:

1.  Empty the refrigerator and throw away expired food.

I emptied it out the refrigerator which was a good opportunity to sort and group like items on the kitchen table.

2. Give the refrigerator a thorough cleaning.

I was so ready to get my fridge looking good again!  At this point it needed more than just organizing, it needed a good thorough cleaning.  I removed and washed all the shelves and drawers and also cleaned the refrigerator walls.

Hey there good looking!

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

3.  Add coasters and/or fridge bins to the shelves.

Then I added a new pack of Fridge Coasters.  I have shared with you in other posts how much I love them!  They have different patterns and colors – this year I chose green.  They will help to keep the refrigerator clean by soaking up any spills.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

Love. Love. Love.

 

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

After adding the coasters, I added all the bins that I use to corral items.  Some of my bins (like the one in the picture below) are simply OXO bins without a lid.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

 

4.  Place the food items back in the fridge.

The fun part, add the food and drinks back in the clean fridge!

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

No more expired salad dressings.

I may or may not have over done it purchasing butter for holiday baking.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

I keep asparagus in a wide-mouth sturdy cup and I add a little water.  It lasts way longer than if I kept it in the veggie bin.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

It doesn’t matter where I keep the milk, it doesn’t last more than a few days around here.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

I love to re-position the shelves to accommodate the groceries.  This really narrow shelf is for yogurt.  I don’t like to crowd the very top shelf of the fridge so that air can still circulate freely.

 

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

Although I love fridge bins and I am linking them HERE, I suggest that you only purchase bins for items that you always buy.  If you never buy juice boxes or yogurts then you don’t need empty bins taking up space in your refrigerator.  I also keep an open bin to place whatever I am defrosting for the following days dinner.  This avoids spills and keeps the fridge clean.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

Adding just one bin to this drawer keeps onion or garlic skins from taking over the bin and helps to keep veggies separate.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

Let’s not forget the large sliding drawer.  It is my favorite part of french top refrigerators (my least favorite part being the freezer section).  This is where I place the treats for little ones since the height it perfect for self-serve.

I use this container for the eggs which comes with a lid but I rarely use the lid since we buy so many eggs.  You can find a slightly larger one HERE.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

 

So maybe for the next 19 seconds my fridge will be sparking and full of perfectly arranged bpa-free bottled waters that always face forward.  Until the boys realize that I have replenished the fridge.  At least I have the pictures to remember it by!

But really, aside from the direction that the bottles face :-) it is easy to maintain a refrigerator when everything has a designated spot.

Refrigerator Makeover and a Giveaway

If you like the fridge coasters, then don’t miss out on the giveaway below!  Two Graceful Order readers will be given 2 sets of their choice..all courtesy of Fridge Coaster!

 

The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. January 16th.  Good luck to all of you and Let’s Organize 2015!

Maria

 

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