After realizing that my fantasy of having Real Housewives Yolanda Foster’s fridge was never going to happen, I decided that mine needed a serious cleaning and reorganization. My current situation was a fridge with no extra room, lots of expired food, and all the wrong containers. We even had an empty 6 pack beer holder in the fridge while the individual cans were scattered throughout. So here’s my way to organize a refrigerator …. Yolanda style.
I’m pretty selective of what types of gadgets and organizing products I purchase. I often think that the products themselves cause disorganization! But here are my:
favorite fridge cleaning & organizing tools (that I use daily)
Now on to our huge fridge cleaning and organizing day!
Here’s what you’ll need for our project:
- Paper towels
- Cleaning spray (here’s some great DIY options)
- Garbage bags
- Lots of extra counter space
- Dish soap
Take everything out of your fridge and start using up that free counter space I mentioned!
Now remove all shelves and drawers from the fridge (but before you do, take a picture so you remember where all the shelves go).
With the fridge completely empty, clean the fridge with a rag and cleaning spray. Make sure to start from the top and work your way down. For the areas that are extra dirty, let the cleaner sit for a couple minutes before scrubbing off with a sponge.
Clean all the shelves and drawers with warm soapy water in the sink. I’ve got a large double sink and a retractable hose, but if you don’t you could use your bathtub! Dry them with dish towels and set them aside.
Now review all the groceries that are sitting on your counters, throwing away expired items and consolidating duplicates. When doing this I discovered I owned two soy sauces both half used. I also found a missing face mask. This is also a good time to group like items together.
Add your shelving back in to the fridge, being thoughtful about the placement to maximize your space. I ended up removing one of the shelves to allow storage containers to fit better.
I purchased a couple key accessories to help me stay organized. First is the containers from our sandwich meat that I use for all our leftovers. They’re a great stack-able size and technically free storage. So needless to say, I always buy the same brand sandwich meat 🙂 .
In an attempt to keep my produce ‘alive’ as long as possible I’ve been an avid users of Bluapple. They absorb ethylene gas which apparently causes produce to over ripen. My motto is “anything helps.”
I love these clear plastic egg holders, not only because I pretend they resemble something in Yolanda’s fridge, but also because they’re stack-able and I’m always hurting for space in the fridge.
I know most vegetables aren’t supposed to be stored in the fridge, but my preference for clean counters trumps properly storing produce. One thing I do try to prevent is the pieces of onions and garlic that get all over the fridge. To combat that, I allocate one clear bin to ‘veggies only.’
Finally, wash & dry your grocery items before putting back. Even if they’re not noticeably dirty or sticky, they likely have perspiration on them for sitting out on the counter.
And TADA! I hope your fridge is clean and organized enough to be a work of art (just like Yolanda)!
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