Make your own inexpensive and easy-to-clean DIY fridge liners!
It’s hard enough to keep a fridge organized, let alone clean. Spills, leaks and stains can be unavoidable. When those happen, cleaning becomes a huge chore often requiring shelves to be taken apart for a good scrub down. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for that. Which means the spills marinate on the shelves and become impossible to get off.
So to solve this problem, I got a little crafty with just $10 to make my own fridge liners.
In addition to the placemats, no fancy supplies are needed for this project. Just grab a pen or marker and a scissor!
I started with the fridge door shelves. To get the right size fridge liner, I traced the outside edge of the shelves onto the BACK side of one of the placemats and cut along the edges. Since I traced the outside of the shelf onto the placemat, my liner was initially too big to place inside the shelf. So I snipped the sides a couple times until I found the perfect size. Surprisingly this method was not only the easiest, but aesthetically looked pretty darn good as well.
My fridge has three small shelves on each of the two doors. I ended up only needing one placemat per door (I was able to make 3 small shelf liners per placemat).
I will admit, even though I think these look fabulous, this approach does make for slightly imperfectly sized liners. The alternative of getting that perfect measurement of the inside of the drawer, tracing onto the placemat and cutting to the exact measurement just didn’t seem worth it for this project.
The shelves inside of the fridge were MUCH easier to trim (mostly because the shape was an easy-to-trim rectangle). I used the same method as the fridge drawers. My fridge has two pull out drawers at the bottom and two shelves above. I needed 8 placemats for the inside of the fridge.
The shelves have glass bottoms surrounded by plastic sides, so my goal was to cover the glass bottom with the placemat. I trimmed the placemats to fit right under the plastic sides. I did not use any adhesive to secure the placemat to the glass. It fit naturally and did not slide at all with use 🙂 . Plus this made it easier to remove when I needed to clean.
After months of use, these DIY fridge liners are keeping our fridge clean and pretty!
For most of us the kitchen is the most used room in the house. Even if you’re like me and not crazy about cooking … we still have to eat! And that means I find myself in our kitchen A LOT. Very rarely do I hear someone say “I just have too much space in our kitchen.” So for most of us that means being creative with the space that we have and being thoughtful with our approach to organizing our kitchen items.
After searching the web, here’s the 5 best kitchen organization tips I’ve loving right now!
1 Organizing Recipes & Cookbooks
While I’m not a great cook (or even a GOOD cook), I do like to collect easy to make recipes. Anytime I’m flipping through a magazine and see something good, I’ll hold on to it for another time. I love how Sarah not only organized all her recipes with these pretty labels, but has a great way to showcase them on her counter!
For whatever reason paper and clutter always end up in the kitchen. Always! I’ve tried so many different ways to avoid allowing paper to enter the kitchen, but it seems impossible. Apparently paper BELONGS in the kitchen! That’s why having a command center that works for you and your family is so important. Sarah at Must Have Mom! came up with a gorgeous command center that not only looks awesome in her kitchen, it helps keep her family of 6 organized!
I truly believe kitchen drawers show how organized (or not organized) a kitchen is. It’s so easy to cram as much as possible in to a drawer that no one will likely see. Kati at Houseful of Handmade came up with the MOST creative way to organize her kitchen drawers that I’ve ever seen! She’s got an easy to follow tutorial to make this organizing project a breeze.
Pantries are another place that’s easy to get messy quick. Heidi from Honey Bear Lane has an amazing 10 step organizning process to get your pantry in tip top shape. Plus, just look at how PRETTY hers is!
I’m excited to share a fun little project that had been on my mind for a while … especially since I un-optimistically expected a 50-50 chance that this would go as planned. Well it did (thank goodness!) and has made me so happy every time I open the drawer. Let me explain …. we’ve got a couple grilling supplies that are so long they need to be placed diagonally in our kitchen drawer. That’s totally fine, but it was ruining my ability to put in any drawer dividers or containers into the drawer, thus the mess below. And I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never owned a house where the kitchen had TOO many drawers or cabinets. Kitchen space is always precious.
After searching (and SEARCHING), I gave up looking for triangular drawer dividers to separate the diagonally placed grilling tools from the ‘junk’ that was accumulating in the drawer (aka the 3 soy sauces, two identical scissors, random rubber bands and post-its). I couldn’t find ANYTHING on the market that would work … literally NOTHING. So I decided I would try to DIY a solution. The only limitation I gave myself was that nothing was to be glued onto the drawer. Given the fact that I wasn’t sure if this solution would work, I didn’t want to risk ruining the drawer.
Supplies Needed for Triangular Kitchen drawer dividers
The first step is to measure your drawer to determine your divider measurements. My drawer measured 16” w x 17” l x 3 1/4” h. I took everything out of my drawer minus the grilling tools to see how much diagonal space they took up. Then I was able to allocate space & determine the ideal size for the two dividers. Each divider will have three pieces: two small side pieces & one long diagonal piece. I recommend making your divider pieces a tiny bit shorter than your drawer height. (my drawer was 3 1/4” high so I cut my dividers to 3” high.)
Now once you’ve got your measurements, it’s time to cut your acrylic plastic. I was super nervous to do this, hoping (and praying) I didn’t mess it up. Well, it was pretty darn easy. I made tiny circles with a black marker to denote the measurements of each piece. Make sure to mark the side of the acrylic paper with the label (you’ll peal it off after you cut). I do believe the ease in cutting had a lot to do with purchasing the right plastic ‘thickness’. I chose .05 inch thickness because I wanted it to be thick enough so it wasn’t flimsy, but thin enough that it was relatively easy to cut. The .05 inch worked for me.
I used my ruler to help guide me to a straight line as I cut the acrylic. I put pressure on the ruler with one hand while the other hand cut the acrylic.
Once you’ve got your piece cut, remove the sticky liner and lightly sand the cut edge. Now don’t worry if your cut edge isn’t perfect (mine wasn’t). When gluing the drawer dividers together (detailed instructions later in this post), the cut edge will face the bottom of the drawer so no one ever know that I didn’t cut the plastic perfectly.
Spray painting is definitely optional, but I love the touch of color in my drawers. I only sprayed ONE side of the dividers. Since the acrylic plastic was clear, the color showed through both sides. When gluing the sides together (again, more details on that step below), the spray painted side was the outer side of my divider containers (aka- the sides that touch the drawer not the items inside the divider). This way the paint wouldn’t be in jeopardy of chipping at all.
Using superglue, I glued the perpendicular edge together first (using the two smaller pieces). Then I glued the large piece diagonally connecting the two smaller pieces. A strong cutting board was a great tool to lean the pieces against while holding dry. Take your time with the gluing and don’t rush it. Let the divider sit until it’s totally dry.
The cut edge should face the bottom
The spray painted side should face the outside of the divider
Once the glue is dry you’re ready to put these in your drawers! I was a little nervous that these would move around within the drawer since I didn’t glue them on to the drawer directly. Nope, not at all. Such a pleasant surprise!
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We all know that person. That person who’s house is completely clean, every item in the house has a home, every dish is washed, every pillow is fluffed. We tell ourselves that her home is ONLY that clean because she spent all day cleaning for her guests. Then we secretly hope there’s at least room in her home that is way too messy to show off.
We can either hate the girl that has the perfectly clean home OR we can be that girl.
Now my home isn’t perfectly clean, often times far from it. (I always have THAT room where the door is always shut because it’s such a mess inside). Yet, overtime I’ve learned tips & tricks to give the biggest bang for my buck as far as cleaning goes. Because let’s be real, who has time (or interest) to spend all day cleaning?
For the busy girl that doesn’t want to spend every last minute cleaning her home, here are the top 10 secrets of busy girls who always have a clean home:
1 Start and finish laundry in the SAME day. Nothing screams ‘there’s still more cleaning to do’ than laundry sitting out overflowing waiting to be cleaned or cleaned laundry waiting to be folded up and put away. Sometimes I don’t hear my laundry machine go off when a load is done, so I often set my phone alarm to remind me (since I ALWAYS have my phone on me!).
There’s SO many laundry systems out there that you can follow. Regardless of your system, don’t leave laundry unfinished!
2 Do your dishes. Honestly, your kitchen can be spotless with not a crumb in site, but if there’s dirty dishes in the sink your kitchen automatically looks messy. Yes, it’s easy to leave the dishes in the sink thinking you’ll clean them the next day. Deep down you know it’s NEVER easier to clean the dishes the next day. Just clean them NOW!
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3 Keep cleaning supplies handy. It’s hard enough to keep a house clean, don’t make it harder. I keep all purpose cleaner & paper towel under each bathroom sink. Now there’s NO excuse to not wipe down the counter when it looks dirty. Palmolive dish detergent is always right at my sink.
If you have to haul your cleaning supplies throughout the house, you’re much less likely to use them!
4 Speaking of counters .. do the important things each day. Everyone has those things that you need to do each day to make your home look cleaner. Whether it’s putting ‘front door area’ clutter away or wiping off the counters. Make sure to do THAT thing. You know it make a huge amount of difference.
5 If it’s not working, CHANGE IT. Everyone has a different system that works for them. Yes, it’s great to search Pinterest for cleaning inspiration, but no one knows your schedule and lifestyle better than you. What one person says they do every evening, for example, may not work for your schedule. Don’t force a game plan that isn’t working. There’s no shame in changing what doesn’t work!
6 Invite someone to your home. We all have those times where our home is just a mess for too long. We ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Put the pressure on yourself to get the house clean periodically by inviting friends over. As much as we might deny it, we all like our home to be clean for guests. I even joke with my girlfriends that I’m inviting them over for selfish reasons to motivate me to clean. My motto “whatever works!”
7Clean as you go. You knew this one was coming. Cooking up a storm one weekend day? Clean up those dishes THAT day! Doing some big art projects at your house? Put away the supplies after you’re finished. Walking in the front door? Hang up your coat in the closet instead of laying it on the couch. Now you don’t have to do huge weekend cleaning sessions for little things that could have been done ALMOST seemlessly during the week. Save your big cleaning sessions for real deep cleaning (like cleaning out your fridge or mopping the floors)
8Have a ‘junk drawer’. No matter how much we try to put every item in it’s correct place all the time, there’s those days where you just want to shove all your ‘stuff’ away quickly and deal with it later. Whether it’s a junk drawer or decorative baskets, it’s OK to have a place to store stuff that you just don’t want to deal with today! Plus it makes cleaning up for house guests much easier!
9 Set aside time each day. There’s no magic formula that cleans your house without you putting in some work in to it (well, unless you’re hiring someone to clean it for you). So many of us wait until we have huge chunks of time to clean. Yet, you can make some serious cleaning progress even if you have 5 minutes. While I was waiting for Joe to finish his breakfast before we took Reagan to the dog park, I spent a couple minutes tidying up our front closet.
10 Exercise. OK so this last tip doesn’t actually make your house clean, BUT I find that cleaning is the ultimate workout, especially if you put hand and leg weights on while you clean. While its definitely not fashionable, it does give you a great workout! A clean house + enough calories burned to skip the gym? Sounds good to me.
I love the look of our house POST spring cleaning, but dread the process. Don’t we all? So instead of gearing up for one big cleaning weekend each year, I do a little cleaning more regularly. Here’s the top 5 areas that I keep clean throughout the year that make the biggest difference.
1 Cleaning the Fridge | I HATE HATE HATE cleaning our fridge. The best way around it? Have someone (or something) do it for you. I LOVE Fridge Coasters, not only because of the fun print (there’s lots of neat options on their site), but because it’s the ultimate solution for spills, drips and build up in your fridge!
Fridge Coasters are super absorbent liners that fit in any fridge, no matter the type or manufacturer. Put these in high traffic areas like under the produce in the crisper or under the salad dressings in the doors. These absorb moisture drips and spills that mysteriously and inevitably occur in the fridge!
The special material pulls out moisture from spills, allowing the spill to completely dry. This means no more scrubbing, spraying or even scratching spills off your fridge!
Function AND style? Wish the rest of our house could be like this!
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2 Toaster Tray | I’m not sure if this is the official name?? Hmmmm. I’m also not sure why it’s so dang hard to find one of these, but there’s definitely a gap in the market! Even though my toaster technically has a built-in tray on the bottom of it, crumbs still find themselves all over the counter and in the cabinets. My solution? After measuring the diameter of my toaster, I found thissmall tray that fit perfectly underneath. The toaster NEVER goes anywhere without it’s tray. And the crumbs don’t either!
3 Dirty Towels | I’m still at a loss as to WHY Joe & I go through SO many towels and rags in our kitchen (I’d like to think it’s because of how amazingly clean our kitchen is 🙂 ), but at any given time we’re swimming in dirty rags. Until now I had two options: keep them in the kitchen or put them on top of our washer. Neither was attractive and both options were used way too much. Then one rainy Seattle Saturday (which is really EVERY Saturday in the winter) I had too much time on my hands looking for another DIY project to tackle. These cute canvas bags are hung on the back of our pantry door. Dirty rags are officially out of site!
4 Keep the Dishwasher Clean | EVERYTHING goes in our dishwasher. EVERYTHING. I’ve learned the hard way why some items clearly state that they are NOT dishwasher safe. Whether it’s my love of dishwashers or hatred of doing the dishes, I’ll let you decide. If you’re using your dishwasher as much as I am, you may start seeing a film on your plates and dishes if you don’t clean it regularly.
A quick and easy solution just needs bleach and vinegar. In your empty dishwasher, place a bowl with beach on the bottom shelf. Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle skipping the dry cycle. Repeat the process replacing the bleach with a cup of vinegar.
5 Coffee Maker | Got 5 minutes? That’s literally ALL you’ll need to ensure your coffee maker is sparkling clean. As someone who can likely out drink anyone in daily consumption of coffee, I was embarrassed that I couldn’t remember the last time I cleaned my coffee maker. Vinegar is always a popular way to clean, but having spoiled too many cups of coffee with that lingering spell and taste, I’ve got my own recipe that I’m happy to say works just as well!
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The only thing I enjoy more than organizing is saving money! Yet, with our busy schedules, it’s so easy for Joe & I to run out the door without packing our lunch. It always seems like so much work in the morning! This means that we’re having to buy lunch at work which is definitely NOT saving money.
Well, the truth is that packing lunches USE to be a lot of work. I never seemed to have the right groceries for our lunches, but in attempting to always pack our lunch, Joe would get odd left overs in his lunch each day. Let’s just say it was a surprise that he wasn’t excited about 🙂 .
After several complaints from Joe about the quality of his lunches, I finally admitted he was right. The lunches weren’t good and I needed a better system to ensure that we had the right food AND it was quick to pack up in the morning.
Never lacking a reason to label, I found these cute bathroom bins to add pocket labels to for snack items and breakfast. On plain card stock paper I printed my ‘snacks’ & ‘breakfast’ labels, cut according to the size, and put them inside the pocket labels. You could use stronger adhesives, but I actually just used scotch tape to adhere the label to the bin! (They’ve stayed put for weeks!)
Right now I have TONS of custom oatmeal packs for breakfast! Joe & I RARELY eat breakfast at home (I value sleep too much to get up earlier 🙂 ), so breakfast in the office it is!
Next step was to clear out space in one cabinet specifically for our lunch prep station. This prevented me from opening EVERY cabinet in our kitchen looking for what I needed. I put small sandwich bags, plastic containers (reused lunch meat containers) and lunch bags on the top shelve and my ‘snack’ and ‘breakfast’ bins on the bottom.
Now on to the fridge. I keep all my produce for lunch in one drawer within my fridge. I know I know, apples don’t need to go in the fridge! It’s just so much easier to have everything in one spot! Dinner leftovers are kept kept in individual containers right above the drawer so we can quickly grab everything for lunch. It’s easy for Joe & I to always know where within our sometimes messy fridge that we can find food for lunch!
With all the pieces now in place, compiling all the items for our lunch in the morning has never been easier! It would be really easy to prep lunch for the whole week on Sunday night, but with this system it takes only MINUTES each night to prep tomorrows lunches!
Running out of the house with a coffee in hand, grabbing an apple (or piece of candy!) as I dash out the door on the way to work ….. do you know the feeling?
No matter what time I go to bed at night, I never want to get up any earlier that absolutely necessary, so making a warm breakfast in the morning is completely out of the question. As much as I LOVE my make-ahead-of-time breakfast sandwiches, Joe & I needed to change up our breakfast menu. Wanting to turn our breakfast in to a bloggable project (along with pretty much everything else in our life), I decided to use up all that oatmeal Joe bought months ago in to a months worth of flavorful oatmeal packets.
I loved that I was able to make these ahead of time so that we have a quick, yet delicious, breakfast any time and anywhere (easy to make at work).
brown sugar (optional)
Your choice of dried fruit, nuts and chocolate
Plastic lunch bags
(After re-reading this post Joe pointed out that lunch bags & markers probably shouldn’t be listed under “ingredients”. Oops!)
Once you have everything pulled out, the first step is to make the plain oatmeal packets. I made a LOT of these (arrr… 30??). Since these aren’t going to go bad anytime soon, I figured I might as well stock up! Simply combine:
in to each of your plastic sandwich bags. If you’re someone who likes things a little sweeter, add a teaspoon of brown sugar!
Now the fun part starts…..
I pulled out all my dried fruit, nuts and chocolate and CHOPPED them all up in to smaller pieces. Below are some of the ones I chose.
Before you start combining your ingredients, make sure to label each of the plastic bags with the ingredients you’re adding. That way they’ll be NO surprises when eating your breakfast. I made the mistake of not labeling before I gave one to Joe for breakfast. He wasn’t exactly thrilled with my banana chocolate chip concoction that I made (it was delicious by the way 🙂 ).
Some of my favorite combinations:
cranberry & apricot
banana & chocolate chips
coconut & papaya
cranberries & almonds
For the ‘toppings’, I add a small handful into each oatmeal packet (at least 2 tablespoons of each – I don’t skimp on these!).
I’m definitely not the biggest health nut, but a nice added bonus of making these as opposed to buying in the store is that these are a lot more healthy & have WAY less sugar in them (assuming you skip my banana and chocolate one)! Another bonus is that you get the exact flavors you want. Ever notice how there’s ALWAYS one packet in the assorted flavors pack that no one likes? (brown sugar & maple syrup anyone??)
Simply add 2/3 cup hot water in a bowl with your oatmeal packet.
May you be able to sleep in as long as possible & still have time for a great breakfast!
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Since getting our new puppy in December, it seems like we’re going through a lot more dirty towels & washcloths to clean up all spills that a crazy little puppy will cause! Living in a 3 story townhouse, I was definitely getting my exercise walking up all the flights of stairs to put just one dirty towel in the laundry basket. That’s when the piles started building up in the kitchen.
Disgusting dirty towel piles.
My quick solution was to put these in a reusable grocery bag to just get them out of sight. And THEN that’s when the light bulb went off…. I was going to make labeled “Clean” & “Dirty” bags for all our kitchen towels & rags.
I purchased a couple black medium size canvas tote bags. I chose for black bags to prevent the appearance of getting dirty, which really just means that I won’t have to wash them as much 🙂 . With a black tote bag, I opted for light colored fabric paint. My creative juices weren’t exactly flowing so I just grabbed a white & silver, but the color combos are endless. Literally!
The nice thing about these fabric paints is that you CAN put them in the laundry. So far I’ve only tested in on the delicate cycle, but they claim they’ll work fine on a regular wash cycle.
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Once you’ve got your supplies your FIRST step should be to wash your canvas bags in the washer, skipping the fabric softener. Next iron them so that you’re starting with a nice even flat slate.
I truly wish I was one of those people who could create beautiful cursive writing naturally. It’s incredibly awkward watching me try to write anything on crafting material (so you definitely aren’t getting an ‘in action’ shots). A couple things I do to make it look better:
I used two pieces of paper to form the top and bottom line of my writing so that all letters are the same size and don’t start drifting outside the ‘lines’.
I type out my letters in a word document first. I then adjust the sizing according to the project I’m doing and print. When I’m ready to do my lettering, I have a really great example sitting right in front of me to follow.
I use Font Bundles fonts for a lot of the labeling throughout my house, but have found that I can also use these fun font styles in the word doc that I print out to mimic (I’ve never been in love with the standard Microsoft fonts).
I did a couple coats of fabric paint on each of my bags to write out cleanand dirty, letting them dry for at least 1 hour in between. I strongly recommend doing this project somewhere away from anything or anyone that could nock it over. There were a couple accidents in my house 🙂 . If you were to look on the other side of the ‘dirty’ bag, you’d see what happens when a 4 month old doberman successfully grabs it from the kitchen counter. Rookie hack? Just turn it over and write on the OTHER side.
The next morning after allowing these to fully dry overnight, I hung them up in our first floor storage closet right next to our kitchen.
I’ll let you guess which bag is more full at any given time at our house 🙂 .
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