Spring cleaning, but make it fancy!
In this post I am going to share my wild day spent cleaning my fridge, but I made it fancy! You maybe wondering how the hell do you make a fridge fancy? Keep reading to find out. You also maybe wondering why the hell you’d want to read about me cleaning my fridge? Fair point, lol.
I think this is the perfect time of year to start some spring cleaning, depending on where you live, it’s nice enough to open your windows and get some fresh air flowing, but not yet so nice that you want to be outside all the time.
Here in Moncton, they are announcing rain and snow showers for the long weekend, perfect weather to get started.
Some people love cleaning and scrubbing stuff, I am not one of those people. And one would think that since I am working from home and am home everyday…every single bleeping day!!! That I would have ample time to clean and keep things tidy. That would be a perfectly logical assumption to make, however that has not been the case.
I have been doing some spring cleaning, room by room. I started with my bedroom. I don’t mind doing laundry and folding laundry, but I seem to have a mental blockage when it comes to the final step of putting laundry away. So it tends to stay on the foot of my bed for long periods of time.
Last week I went through all my drawers and my closet and donated all the things that I no longer wear. This freed up space for my clean laundry to be put away and not to brag, but it’s been a week and there is not one item of clothing laying around not in its place!
Today’s project was cleaning my fridge. I didn’t take a before pic because, if I am being honest, I was a little embarrassed. I had a few leftovers that looked like science projects gone bad.
Take everything out of your fridge and throw away anything with fuzz growing on it!
This was what was left after I disposed of my science projects. Besides moldy leftovers, there wasn’t much here.
I also checked the expiration dates on my condiments and chucked anything that was old. I also got rid of anything that I knew I would never use again.
Wash your fridge, I am trying to use more natural cleaning products, so I cleaned my fridge with hot water and vinegar. Turns out vinegar and water is also a great jewelry cleaner, my ring is super sparkly.
My fridge is so white and shiny, it inspired me to make it fancy and healthy, but mostly fancy, lol.
Full disclosure my eating habits have been crappy as of late, so I thought the first step to healthy eating would be to clean my fridge and then fill it with yummy, healthy stuff.
Ok here is the fancy part!
I’ve discovered that if I wash and cut my fruit & veggies right away, I tend to eat them more quickly, as opposed to having them rot in their packaging. I’ve also noticed that If you leave certain things in their original packaging they can leak and make everything dirty and sticky.
Soooo with that in mind, I decided to put all my washed and cut produce items in some of my pretty glass and plastic containers; hey why not use my pretty dishes in my fridge??
Here’s an example, see below, I used a thrift store Pyrex dish to hold my onions and garlic, their peels make a mess in the drawers, I had onion skin stuck in the corners of my drawer!!! I hate that!
I think it’s a great solution to help keep my drawer clean. Yes, I am aware that you aren’t supposed to put garlic in the fridge, but I am a rebel living on the edge.
Also, I think most people use their bottom drawers to store their potatoes? I don’t like potatoes, so rarely buy them. Fun fact, mashed potatoes are my number one least fav food, yuck!!! Funner fact, my mom would put a teaspoon of mashed potatoes on my plate every meal of my childhood; she said she thought that I would eat them one day and think they were delicious; nice try Jeannette.
I also started collecting, ok, I have two of them, white Fire-King bowls. They are similar to Pyrex, but are easier to find, in my area anyway. Instead of having them in my cupboards, why not use them?
I am using one to hold my baby Gouda cheese, which note to self, I have lots, I don’t need to buy anymore and the other to hold my frilly lettuce. Now I get to see them in use!
I am also using my pretty wooden bowl to hold my eggs. I bought two of these in Vegas and have used one once. It makes me happy to see it every time I open my fridge. Hey, I know it’s corny, but it’s been a rough year, if a stupid wooden bowl makes me happy, I am going to run with it!
Who has a bunch of empty jars saved laying around? I do, so using a few for my cut celery and green onions.
I also got rid of a lot of crap, so now all my main condiments fit neatly in one spot.
I washed my berries and have them in a small white bowl, ready for snacking. I had four, yes four containers of parmesan cheese. I put them all in one pink container. Not sure why I’ve been subconsciously hoarding cheese? But now that I have a full inventory of my cheeses, I should be all set for awhile.
You maybe thinking, her fridge is freakishly empty. You aren’t wrong, I waste less if I go to the grocery store every few days. I live alone, buying too much stuff at once leads to things rotting and sliming.
I have made a list and will be going back to the super market shortly, I am also making a homemade soup as we speak and it smells delish, just trying to paint you a picture of what’s currently going on in my kitchen…you’re welcome.
I do realize that if you have a family of four or more with kids, it’s probably difficult to keep things organized. But having things out of their packaging is helping me see what I have and what I need, which should help me to avoid buying duplicates and triplicates, of cheese mostly, it may help you too?
Also having things washed and accessible helps me eat the things that I buy…so they don’t get slimy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my wild fridge organizing adventure, yup this is my life now! My suitcases are gathering dust in the back of my closet and I am getting excited over bowls!! Good times.
Thank you for reading! My bff’s and I have a new Instagram page: herstylex3, check us out, for more wild fun!! We post decorating, thrifting, painting…all the fun ings, lol.
Did you know that maple syrup needs to be refrigerated, but vanilla extract should be store at room temperature?
Oh and look! I also found a use for this peacock mini sauce thingy, I put my takeout soya sauce packets in it, they were under my Gouda cheeses.