Organizing Your Refrigerator

Okay…I have been putting this off for a while, but it’s January.  It’s time for New Year’s resolutions and getting your “stuff” together. I don’t really make resolutions, but January always seems to be the time when I try to do a better job of eating healthy, and I go into a completely ridiculous organizing frenzy!
First, I pulled everything out of my fridge, and put “like” items together.  I had bought some clear bins to organize my closet, but decided to use them for the fridge instead.  I grouped foods together in the bins and put them in the fridge.  I felt an immediate calm wash over me…that’s just how I roll…I feel better when things look pretty and organized.
I decided to make labels for the bins and my crisper drawers with my Cricut.  How cute are these?  I just love that I don’t have to dig around things to find what I need.  It’s also easier for Matt and the kids to find what they are looking for without yelling for me!
Sadly, this is my favorite part…having all of my condiments, sauces, and dressings in order is so nice!  When I am cooking or putting a sandwich together, I don’t have to look for what I need on 4 different shelves.  Plus, now there is room for my bottle of wine…don’t judge, I have kids!
I also took everything out of my freezer and tried to organize it.  There wasn’t really room for bins, and some things had to go behind others, so I tried to think of a way to keep track of what was actually in the freezer.  This is a huge problem for me, because I freeze soups, breads, and meats, but can never seem to remember what I have when I am making a menu.  I usually just find whatever is in the front and go with that.  So, this is my life saver!  I took a chalk pen (you can totally use a dry erase marker or grease pencil), and listed everything!  I put a list of what was on each shelf, and when I use something now, I can either cross it out or erase it!
We have been living with our cleaner, more organized fridge for about a week now, and love it!  It is much easier for me to pack lunches in the morning, the kids are grabbing fruit out of the bins, and planning our weekly menu is super easy now that I can see what’s available!
It only took about an hour to clean and organize the fridge and freezer…just do it…you will be so glad you did!
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