The Lazy Refrigerator

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I recently read an article in Real Simple magazine on a month of organizing. Some suggestions were already in place at our house(wow-  didn’t realize we were that organized)- file your cookware(day 11), organize your drawers with dividers(day 13), add a new storage system using sticky notes to organize the linen closet(day 24) and save time in the closet by always putting empty hangers in one place(day 31).  But day 23 got me thinking.

My refrigerator ALWAYS turns into a mess within a week of organizing it.  Small bottles of minced garlic, horseradish, fig preserves…..all the little things that I have to hunt for around the big things.  So back to the article – day 23 suggested putting a lazy susan on the middle shelf. Hmm..was it that easy?  Would it help with the chaos behind the silver door?

imageI ran to Bed Bath and Beyond with my coupons and found two 12″ turntables(aka lazy susans).  After I arrived home, I pulled everything out of the shelves and doors(cleaned everything too), threw away anything that was expired or on its way out and organized by type.  I usually have drinks on the big shelf but they were moved to the door(easy to grab and put away).  I took the salad dressings off the door and put them on the top shelf where they fit perfectly and I had a few inches to spare on the side for pre-packaged items.  I did the same with the small containers I use for cooking(mustard, horseradish, preserves) and the stacked the eggs, cookies and cookie dough(for my special parfaits).  I left the very tall section at the bottom of the refrigerator for Tupperwares of fruit, leftovers, etc.  

Cooking and setting the table became much easier over the past few days.  Things went back in their place AND the chaos was gone.  WOW…this was just too easy of a fix for the frig!

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