Back-to-school time is here, and while buying school supplies is probably top of your to-do list it might also be time to consider whether you should spend a few minutes organizing your refrigerator as well. Why?
Because a well-organized refrigerator can help lower stress, contribute to a smoothly running family, and help kick-start your families school year in the right direction. Keep reading for a few quick tips to get started.
Organizing Your Refrigerator
START WITH A CLEAN REFRIGERATOR
An organized refrigerator starts with a clean one. Discard all food from the refrigerator which will allow you to clean all the corners and crevices. Remove any fridge drawers or shelves and soak in warm water mixed with dishwashing soap. Use a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid to wipe the interior. Clean the rubber gasket on the door with diluted bleach or vinegar, and be sure to pat it dry.
GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
Always keep like items in the same designated area. This will help your family find them quickly and cut down on energy-wasting open-door time. (“Like items” can mean similar things like dairy products or functionally related items like sandwich ingredients.) Consider your family’s unique needs to decide how best to group your groceries, and then stick to your system.
If you choose (like most people) to store condiments in the door, don’t feel like you have to keep all of them there. Designate a back corner of a regular shelf to house some of your less frequently used accompaniments. Your fridge will not only look more organized without so many small jars and bottles right out front. You’ll also gain some prime real estate to store other, more frequently used items.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Even the best-organized refrigerator requires a periodic purge. Do a quick once-a-week clean-out on garbage day to get rid of any questionable leftovers or produce. Send it straight from the fridge to the garbage bin. This will help keep it from stinking up your kitchen.
Don’t let clumsy DIY solutions complicate your life and clutter your refrigerator. Spend the time up front to consider your family’s needs.
Not finished organizing the refrigerator? Want some more tips on where and how you should store certain items? Head over to this blog post for more information.
If your refrigerator has not been running like it should we can help with that too! Our licensed technicians at PDQ Repair will make sure your refrigerator is running at its peak so you can worry about other things. Call us today or visit our contact page to shoot us an email.
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