Seeking a reason to clean out your grungy refrigerator before the holidays arrive? While you can't avoid the family from catching a bad cold during the holiday season, you can keep your family safe from bacterial infections or food poisoning that could be lurking in your refrigerator.
So if you are scared to open your fridge because you don't know what may be lurking inside? Don't fear, the Organizing Genie has a secret to that will make your fridge crystal clear.
On November 15th, put on some gloves, grab a few trash bags, play some upbeat or holiday music and join households around the world during "National Clean Your Fridge Day". To guide you through this dreaded task, I've included 7 steps to conquer your refrigerators mess.
1. Take a deep breath, face your fear and completely empty everything from your refrigerator shelves, side doors and produce bins and place these items off to the side. Pull out all the shelves and bins and soak them in a sink filled with warm soapy water.
2. Now let's tackle the removed items. Check the expiration dates on everything, especially milk, creamers, eggs, butter and condiments such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, ketchup, mustards, etc. Toss all expired and unrecognizable food items, including those weeks old leftovers. Inspect and eliminate all fuzzy, discolored, wilting or moldy fruits and vegetables. Follow the Genie's motto: When in doubt, throw it out.
3. Any bottles and containers worthy of being placed back inside the fridge deserve a good wipe down.
4. It's now time to place the clean shelves and drawers back in the refrigerator, but not before you give a good scrub to the inside of the fridge, including the pre-soaked shelves and drawers. One of my favorite cleaning tools, an old toothbrush, is a great cleaning tool that can be used to clean out all the nasty gunk that seem to seep into the nooks and crevices in your refrigerator.
5. Try adjusting the shelves so that your top shelf provides enough room to place your tall items such as gallon milk bottles, soda and wine bottles together.
6. Group and store all like items together. Place all condiments, jellies, salad dressing, sauces, etc together in a designated area or shelf in your refrigerator. One way to keep these items neat and organized is to place them on a lazy susan turntable. The easiest way to store leftovers is to place them in clear containers so you can clearly see what is inside of them. For easier access to smaller items, corral and contain them in small plastic bins.
7. Restock your remaining fruits, vegetables and sandwich meats in their appropriate drawers.
Now stand back and admire your refrigerators transformation from mess to success.
Organizing your refrigerator will allow you to find what you need quickly, save money and magically create room needed for your holiday turkey, trimmings and most importantly the famous leftovers.
And now I would like to invite you to continue your journey towards an organized and stress-free holiday season on my Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/organizinggenie where I will share a daily tip to help you simplify and create the holiday of your dreams.