Friday, March 7, 2014

116 Monthly Clean Home Challenge: The Refrigerator

Welcome back to the Monthly Clean Home Challenge daily task!  I am on a quest to maintain a clean and organized home in less time and the goal is simple; four daily tasks, four weekly tasks and one additional quick task each week day. 

In no particular order, here are the individual tasks I am tackling each day this month:
  1. Make cleaning supplies
  2. Cycle clean appliances
  3. Clean out cars
  4. Clean out microwave
  5. Wipe down cabinets/appliances
  6. Wipe down trim/doors
  7. Clean out one drawer
  8. Clean out fridge
  9. Clean out freezer
  10. Vacuum under furniture
  11. Vacuum mattresses
  12. Clean oven
  13. Clean out one closet
  14. Wash out garbage can/recycle bin
  15. Wash windows
  16. Scrub grout
  17. Clean out one cabinet
  18. File paper piles
  19. Purge bathroom toiletries
  20. Clean out pantry

Today I am chatting about the extra task:  Clean Out Fridge


The actual process of removing everything from the fridge and wiping it out really only takes about 2-5 minutes.  However, our fridge needed to be organized so badly, that I tossed that extra task in there today as well.


Late last summer our fridge decided to stop being functional, and knowing we had an upcoming kitchen project in the wings, we decided to upgrade to a stainless steel side-by-side version.  When we brought home the upgraded appliance, I was more excited about the idea of having a new organizing project to tackle than I was about the new fridge itself.  So what the heck happened?

I don't know what my excuse is; it turned into one of those, "I will get to it next week" projects that over six months later still had never happened.  Until today that is!

We try to keep the majority of our diet to fresh foods, so we head to the grocery store at least once per week.  Typically we are good about cleaning out leftovers and old food and taking a quick inventory of what we already have prior to heading out the door.  This also helps us with our weekly meal planning process.  It is what happens to the food when we return home that is the problem.  Above you will see an example of the fridge as it was this morning, two days after a trip to the grocery store.  My hubby put the groceries away, and although I personally know of the shelf/bin system that I had created inside my head and in the fridge, my family does not.  They play the guessing game and just put things where they will fit, vs. categorizing them to where they make the most sense.  Also, I am the stickler about washing the fruit and de-packaging the items, my hubby, not so much.  My goal is to get us all back on the same page.

So, I started by taking everything out of the fridge.  The shelves get dirty and they needed a good cleaning.


As I removed things from the fridge, I placed them on our counter in general categories. 


I quickly wrote down the categories and tossed the food into a couple of laundry baskets in our garage until I could get everything organized back in our fridge.  I guess there really is a benefit to the cold Wisconsin weather!

Using a water/vinegar combination {food safe}, I quickly wiped down the top and bottom of each shelf as well as the insides of each drawer and bin.


I also removed the drawers and wiped down the floor of the fridge along with all of the interior walls.


Once the interior of the fridge was looking sparkly and new again, I began to strategically place everything back in by category.


The top shelf is now dedicated to leftovers, sides and containers of fresh fruit.


All of our beverages take up the next shelf.


We love having a lunch kit and recently added a bin for our breakfast items as well.  Although, our lunch basket has not been making the most of our vertical space ever since we upgraded the fridge.  For years now I have loved using the multi-purpose bins from the Container Store in our freezer, so I have been adding them to our fridge as well.  We initially looked at picking up a few of those fabulous Fridge Binz, however, when we compared the price along with the size/height, the multi-purpose bins won with us big time.  They work especially well in the side-by-side, in which each shelf is taller and more narrow.


To ensure there is no more confusion regarding the items that belong in each bin, they each received an adhesive bookplate label holder and label. 


Trying to be better about the types of snacks I grab for in a hurry or even while sitting at my desk, I put together a few jars filled with fresh fruit.


Because we typically eat yogurt for breakfast, those two bins were paired together on their own shelf, along with our bottles of juice which typically accompany our breakfast as well.

While cleaning out the drawers it occurred to me that one was much smaller than the other.   When placing items back, the produce was put into the larger drawer, while our meats and cheeses were placed in the smaller of the two.


To keep it easy to grab a quick apple, I added a separate basket to the drawer to hold them and prevent them from rolling around.



The bins in the doors are perfect for corralling all of those "other" jars and condiments that typically clutter up the shelves of the fridge.


I did dressings/sauces in one, milk in one {I know some say not to store your milk in the door but we have been doing this for years and between the glass keeping it super cold and the fact we drink so much so fast, it really doesn't have a chance to go bad}, smaller jars for jelly, salsas and pickles in one and the bottom holds tall bottles of water and wine.


So although the cleaning process could have taken me 5 minutes, I opted to take it a step further and spend about 30 minutes on the entire project.  We already had the bins and baskets, so it came down to just putting everything away and adding a few labels.


My fingers are crossed that this will stick because I totally love having a clean and organized fridge and it gave me that super excited feeling I was hoping for!  Now... don't ask to see our freezer yet... that has been much more neglected....



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116 comments:

  1. NOOSA! omg that stuff is like crack!

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    1. I know right?! I am beyond addicted, I could eat it for every meal!

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  2. This is so neat!!! My fridge looks like a hoarder lives in it!

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  3. I love the buckets you use to organize foods for lunches. What a great idea! I'm going to have to use that for hubby's lunches during the week!

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  4. I got a new fridge at Christmas. I read on one of the blogs about putting inexpensive place mats on the shelves and it was the best thing I ever did. My fridge stays clean and all I have to do is clean the place mats. If it gets too bad, I throw them away.

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    1. great idea! I might have to try that! I did love Jen's tip about using fridge mats

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  5. i lovity love your milk jugs...where did you get them? How much do they hold? We are milk guzzlers around here!

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    1. Hi Bean!

      I found mine years ago now, I believe at a local cooking store, but they also sell similar versions on Amazon. They each hold a half of a gallon.

      xo!

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    2. IKEA has something similar too. I have one from IKEA.

      Jen, you have given me a kick in the butt. LOL Today I cleaned the dishwasher and washing machine. And as corroded as the fabric softener dispenser gets from my Downy, I am seriously considering making my own. I have some fridge binz that I found 1/2 off at Home Goods recently. Hopefully they will work (I have the french door version). My family is not on the same page either with certain foods on certain shelves and just shoving things.

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    3. I too am totally obsessed with the milk jugs! Especially since the hubby and I drink different kinds of milk. I am an almond milk girl and hubby drinks organic whole milk. Every time I see any of your fridge posts I swoon. Thanks for your amazing post. I am in love with your blog :)

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    4. I was about to ask about the milk containers! They look so pretty!!!! Must FIND them!! :D love your organized fridge, mines a mess but I've inspired me to clean up! :)

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  6. What a great post, completely inspiring. It's the little things.

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  7. Where did you get your glass milk bottles? I really like them and they look like a great size. Do you just transfer milk from the plastic jugs to those?

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    1. Hello,

      I found mine years ago now, I believe at a local cooking store, but they also sell similar versions on Amazon. They each hold a half of a gallon.

      And yep, we just transfer it out of the original cartons.

      xo!

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  8. Oh my gosh..fantastic! I didn't even know they made these bins, and I definitely didn't think of container organizing my fridge. This is going to save me MAJOR time in the morning. I make lunches and snack for all four of my kids plus the hubby every day and never thought to group those lunch making items items together, YAY!

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    1. I have a couple of bins in the pantry designated just for lunch stuff. It is a huge time saver. :)

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  9. I love the ideas. I really like the idea to use Ball jars. I never thought to use them. Everything in my fridge has a home, but these containers are awesome! I'll definitely be checking them out! :D
    lovendlaughter.blogspot.com

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  10. What about cleaning the exterior of the frig? Can you please share what you have found works the best cleaning stainless steel appliances? Did you have to use a store bought cleaner, or do any of your homemade natural cleaners work well?

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    1. Hi Heather! Olive oil for an occasional polish, otherwise daily with vinegar. xoxo!

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  11. Amazing! With the amount of bottle water and how many gallons of milk we have on hand I feel like our fridge is out of control right now!

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  12. Do you keep your potatoes in the package they come in or do you put them in a bin?

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    1. Hello! I actually empty them into a basket in our pantry.

      xo!

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  13. Oh my gosh!!! This is the most beautiful fridge I have ever seen. I LOVE IT!!!!! As a matter of fact, I love everything that you do. Not only is it organized but it is pretty. You are amazing and a real inspiration. Can't wait to try some of today's ideas. BTW, I made homemade laundry detergent yesterday & am so happy with it :-). These cleaning posts are incredible & extremely helpful!

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  14. I love this post :-). I clean my fridge as soon as I come home from my weekly grocery shop (ideally when the fridge is at it's emptiness).

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    1. Hi Dianna,

      I use the medium size, however, you will want to make sure to measure for your fridge to be sure.

      xo!

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  16. We just did a major cleaning/organizing of our fridge this week too ! I always wash veggies and fruit right away too, I cut my carrots and cery right away. What type if containers do you store fruit and veggies in? Mine have been getting condensation inside of them the last few weeks. Looking for new storage. Thanks!

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  17. Those bins look perfect for organizing my fridge. Thanks for the great idea! Do you have an idea which size yours are? There are multiple sizes on their site. Also, it looks like they are on sale right now - woo hoo!

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    1. Hi Mindy!

      I use the medium size, however, they come in all sorts of sizes so you will want to make sure to measure for your fridge to be sure.

      xo!

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  18. Any suggestions n where to store your eggs? Also, do you prefer to store bread in pantry or fridge?

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    1. Hello! We store our eggs in the top bin if the door.

      Our loaves of bread are stored in the pantry, but we keep some breads like bagels and doughs in the fridge.

      xo!

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    2. How do you store the eggs? In their original container or does your fridge have the egg holding tray?

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  19. Love a neat frig. I clean mine out every week and wipe things down. This allows me to see what we have, what we need and makes the chore so much easier rather than having to scrub!

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  20. totally loving how organized (and beautiful) the fridge looks.
    Like a previous reader asked do you empty your milk out from the plastic jugs into those lovely glass ones?

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  21. Oh my goodness! My family and I have recently made the switch to eating healthier and it has been an absolute unorganized nightmare trying to cram all our newly-appreciated fruits and veggies into our tiny fridge. I've been scouring the internet for organizing ideas and this was the perfect bit of inspiration I needed! I never thought of putting bins like that in the fridge before--thanks for the bit of brilliance!

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  22. Love the neat fridge. We consume lots of fresh foods as well - wondering how long the berries last after being washed, cut and in the jars?
    Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!

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    1. This is the first time I have done the individual fruit jars, but I have been eating from them all weekend and just had one for my afternoon snack and so far, all of the fruit has remained fresh. :) xo!

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  23. This may look like good organization, but in fact there are certain places for food in the fridge according to the need of coolness. And fresh produce will go bad faster, if washed and put in the fridge

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    1. Thanks Emina! I have read that about washing fruit as well, although, I have been doing it for years to promote quick and healthy snacking for our boys {they are much more apt to go for fruit if they see it all clean and ready for them to grab}. We shop for produce at least once per week and haven't had issues with it going bad before we get a chance to eat it, but absolutely something to take note of. xo!

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  24. I would have to find the book that came with my fridge. I'm thinking the meat drawer and the veggie drawer may not be interchangeable in mine. Something about the amount of cold air circulation and humidity levels? But my fridge is quite old so maybe that is no longer a concern. Yours certainly looks great!

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    1. I have seen refrigerators that specify which drawer is for what, but ours didn't do that so I was hoping they were interchangeable as we use more produce than meat. If I notice a change in freshness, I can always swap them back out. Prior there were times that both drawers were being used for both purposes and we didn't have any issues, but food doesn't last very long here either as I have three growing boys to feed ;) xoxo!

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  25. Love this! What sort of cloth/rag are you using to clean the fridge?

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    1. Hi Cat! I just used the same type of microfiber cloth I have been using for all of the daily cleaning challenges. :) xoxo!

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    2. Kind of off the fridge subject but do you wash all of your microfiber cloths together? I am worried about cross contamination between the kitchen and bathroom cloths.

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    3. Hi Marzy!

      I have never worried about that. I guess I always just assumed that the purpose of washing was to kill the germs.

      xo!

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  26. Awesome job Jen! I LOVE organizing too and those little things just make you so darn happy! I put vinyl shelf liner, red/white picnic pattern, in my fridge, gives it a pop of color and happiness when I open the door. Just curious as to why you transfer your milk into a glass container....

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    1. It started years ago when I purchased organic milk in glass jugs and loved that I could leave the milk on the table at breakfast and dinner and the glass would keep it nice and cold. I have been transferring ever since. :)

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  27. How did you know I was trying to organize my fridge just last night? This is the perfect inspiration, thanks!

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  28. IN LOVE WITH YOUR FRIDGE!!! Now, if I could just find a way to persuade the rest of my family that we could use a fridge clean-up and re-organization... Any tips on how to organize fridges that have to be arranged vertically instead of horizontally (i.e: you're looking down at the groceries instead of it being at eye level)? No idea how to describe it but... :/

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  29. Jennifer, you truly inspire me with all you do. I know this doesn't apply to this post, but where did you get the clear drawers that you show in your post on "Setting yourself up for Success" ? I think they were under your kitchen sink? Thanks for all you do.

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    1. Hi Lynda!

      The drawers are from the Container Store: http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10000103&N=&Ntt=shoe+drawer

      xo!

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    2. Jennifer, are you using the regular size shoe drawer or the men's athletic one?

      XO ~ D

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    3. Hi Dawn,

      I use the standard sized drawer.

      xo!

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  30. I started out saying, ok she's kinda weird to organize her fridge so much, but by the end I was sighing and wishing you'd come over to my house and organize MY fridge. We have a French door fridge with bottom freezer - the first time we've ever actually bought a fridge versus inheriting whatever was left behind by a previous owner. And it seems like I have less room that I did before! I'd love a roundup on different fridge types and how to organize and maximize ech space. But maybe that would be too much!

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  31. Jen:

    Did you know you can buy plastic storage lids for your mason jars? I discovered them at Walmart and went nuts and bought a few boxes. I love storing dry goods, baking items, rices, etc. in jars and these lids are no hassle at all! Just thought I would drop a line about a useful item :) P.S. others are better at utilizing the mason jars when the lid is one piece. Dishwasher safe too.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for the tip! I may have to look into those! :)

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    2. Yes! I love the plastic white lids made specifically for mason jars, they are made by ball. They are two sizes, wide mouth and regular mouth. Looooove them!!!

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  32. Generally, pre-washing your produce makes it go bad faster.
    I'd advise against keeping your meats and cheese together as there's a high risk there - you're going to cook your meat but likely not the cheese.
    Also, milk jugs are opaque of cardboard to prevent light from getting through and breaking down the vitamin D - make sure your kids are getting it from another source since they aren't getting it from the milk now!
    Sorry, couldn't help it - I'm a nutrition student.

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    1. Don't be sorry, I am always learning and love hearing from readers. :) Thank you for sharing your feedback!

      We have always, always stored meats and cheeses together. How does the interior of the meat package contaminate the interior of the cheese packages? Maybe I will add a divider to the drawer...

      As far as the milk, from what I have read it starts to lose vitamin value after 12-14 hrs of straight light, which our milk would not be exposed to. We switched from the organic glass jars to the cartons from the grocery store, so fingers crossed we are OK, but we do also take vitamin D because we don't see a lot of light in Wisconsin during the winter months either. :)

      xo!

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    2. Depends on the meat packaging - if its all factory sealed it should be ok, but the saran-wrapped store cuts tend to leak. That was all.
      Sounds like you're good for vitamin D!

      I saw others asking about storing stuff on the fridge door - there are thermometers to hang on the door to make sure your fridge is cold enough, since the door is the warmest part.

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  33. Giving the fridge a thorough clean and re-organising has been on my to-do list for the longest time, but somehow it is my least favourite kitchen chore. I have it scheduled for next Tuesday, though… I think I'll come back to this post again for re-inspiration before I tackle it! Also love your idea of pre-prepared fruit jars. You could also drizzle some yoghurt and granola in there for a great breakfast-to-go!

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  34. How do the storage bins work in your upright freezer? Do you like them?

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    1. Hi Cara!

      We have been using them in our freezer's for years and love them. I will be sure to post about the freezer before the month is over, but they essential work in the same fashion as you see here in the fridge.

      xo!

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  35. Where do you store leftovers? Do you have a second fridge? I love this.

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    1. Hi Kim! As I mentioned in the post, I store the leftovers on the top shelf. However, we rarely have too many leftovers {family of five = very little remaining food at the end of a meal}. Plus, we do a lot of meal planning and shop at least once per week, so we don't have an abundance of extra food to be stored in our fridge.

      xo!

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  36. LOVE this and very very very jealous. THIS is exactly how I dream about my fridge looking! haha. I don't have a side by side fridge, but I'm liking the idea of using bins/organizers to wrangle up certain things that really don't have a place (like breads and wraps).

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  37. I get a crazy amount of satisfaction and pleasure reading these cleaning and organizing posts.
    Elizabeth

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  38. Oh my.. I need to give my fridge some TLC! Amazing.. Quick question though, Does the chopped fruitin the jars (ready for your breakfast) not go mushy/bad?? I love this idea!

    http://pixieronn.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hello!

      This is the first time I have done the individual fruit jars, but I have been eating from them all weekend and just had one for my afternoon snack and so far, all of the fruit has remained fresh. :) xo!

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  39. Why size are the bins form container store?

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    1. Hi Karen!

      I use the medium size, however, they come in all sorts of sizes so you will want to make sure to measure for your fridge to be sure.

      xo!

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  40. Jen, you have made my day. I hate having to throw stuff out because they get stuck at the back of the fridge and go off because we forget about them. I was only whining about that a few days ago. Then I get up this morning and see your fridge and it was like being hit in the head. Why didn't I think of this myself? My cupboards are filled with crates and boxes for organizing. Why have I never thought of doing the same for the fridge. I know what I will be doing this week.

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  41. What an awesome post!!!

    www.verasawicki.com

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  42. Wow, what a nice post!
    My mother NEEDS to see it; she is master in refrigerator-mess, lol. And every morning is the same sacrifice: she spends some good time looking forward the breakfast stuff inside the fridge.

    Hugs from Brazil :)

    Carol
    www.arrumadissima.com.br

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  43. i thought your 'before' picture was the 'after' picture. looked pretty organized to begin with by my standards. ;)

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  44. I love it! I might have to go buy some bins we have a side by side and I can't find a way I like it organized. Yours looks great! Plus I love the idea for the fruit! I would much rather grab it and go in a jar!

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  45. I love the multipurpose storage bins! What size is that? Thanks for this, you always inspire me!

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    1. I use the medium size, however, they come in all sorts of sizes so you will want to make sure to measure for your fridge to be sure.

      xo!

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  46. I love how your fridge looks all organized. I have a bottom freezer fridge and the top seems like I have less space than I did with a top freezer. I wanted a bottom freezer because as I get older it is easier to get to things in the bottom of the fridge when it is waist high versus getting in the bottom of the fridge. I have 3 drawers in mine and am not sure how to organize the other 2 shelves. The freezer is a nightmare since it is one big basket and one little shelf. I would love to see a freezer organization post. I have an upright, which I don't think holds as much as a chest but I hate standing on my head to get to the bottom of my freezer.

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    1. I will definitely be sharing how we organize our freezer, however, I haven't had to work with a drawer so I can't personally speak to those. Here is a post that may help you out: http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2013/08/i-heart-my-fridge.html

      xo!

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  47. I just want to say that I am LOVING your daily cleaning posts. I am always so impatient to see what you will post next! I am trying to put together a cleaning supply like yours. Where do I find the washing soda, borax and the stuff you use to make laundry detergent? I was in Target today looking for those items with no luck. Thanks Jen! Keep up the beautiful work!

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    1. Hi Ashley!

      I find the washing soda and Fels Naptha soap on Amazon and the Borax in the laundry/cleaning section of Target. I believe that some all-natural grocery stores/markets sell some of those items as well.

      Best of luck! :)

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    2. Walmart is best and cheapest place to find all of that! The Fels Naptha soap there is only 97 cents!! :)

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    3. Great post btw! I absolutely adore your blog xo

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  48. Jennifer,

    You are an inspiration. I will be tackling my fridge in similar fashion as well. Can you tell me where you got your pitchers for milk? They look amazing. Trying to eliminate plastic from every food storage situation and love your idea. Do you have a smaller pitcher for kids to use by themselves (just curious)?

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    1. Hello Aiste,

      I found mine years ago now, I believe at a local cooking store, but they also sell similar versions on Amazon. They each hold a half of a gallon.

      Our kids are older so they don't have trouble with the pitchers, you can find them in different shapes and sizes if that is something you are concerned about however. :) xoxo!

      xo!

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  49. my fridge has also been in desperate need of cleaning too! i found this tip and am going to try it out all over my house http://branchandtwig.com/vinegar-the-wonder-cleaner/

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  50. You did really good job! It's so pretty and organized. I could stare at it for hours, ha ha.. :)

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  51. I'm just curious - do you not use the fridge coasters anymore? I had some knock off ones but found that mine scooted around the fridge in the bigger drawers and shelf areas that I finally got so annoyed I tossed them. Just wondering if you still use yours since I didn't see them make an appearance on the clean out.

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    1. I do love Fridge Coasters! We used them in our previous fridge, however, I haven't gotten around to ordering any for the newer fridge. They do work nicely and keep the fridge looking happy though. :)

      xo!

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  52. I sue plastic place mats as well. I got mine from Target last summer. They have lemons and oranges and look so fresh and clean in the refrigerator. I got the more expensive ones and I believe it took 6 mats to cover all the main shelves, bins and shelves on the doors. Everyone who opens our frig always remarks about how pretty it looks. :) That's always a bonus! I'm gonna go clean out my frig right now. Thank you for the inspiration, Jen. xo

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  53. Love this post!! Having an organised fridge is such a small thing, but it really does go a long way to making you feel 'completely' organised. Love the bins idea too - will have to look out for them in the UK. Happy Monday!! xox

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  54. Great work! We did nearly the same thing yesterday :)

    http://viableheart.blogspot.de/2014/03/mein-kuhlschrank-hasst-mich-sowieso-er.html

    Have a nice day my dear! Greetings from Berlin, Germany.

    Tina
    http://viableheart.blogspot.de/

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  55. Do you think that the fruit stays good when you place it into mason jars?? I have been trying to figure out a better way to cut up strawberries and grapes to store rather than keeping them in what they come in. I just haven't found anything I like yet!!
    Thanks!

    Darcy
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  56. Your plan for the months is really impressive. I always do the same thing but my plans are definitely shorter than yours. Maybe I have missed something. I am going to check!)) I should d that your refrigerator is in a perfect order.

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  57. Hi, I am loving this series. It's awesome!!
    I have a question about your Water/vinegar combination. Do you have both in a spray bottle?? 1/2 & 1/2??

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    1. Yep! 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 distilled water. xo!

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  58. Jen, even your kitchen looks perfect! After I read this post I went out and bought some San Pellegrino just because I thought the colors looked awesome. Thanks for the fridge inspiration!

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  59. I luv, luv, luv this series. I need all the help I can get. If I can find similar glass jars for my milk, I am going to try it. My DH and I do not go through milk as fast as you do. Do you have any tips on how i can record the expiration date on the jars (other than making a label each time I restock)?

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    1. Hi Nolan!

      How about a dry erase marker? They work great on glass {I use them on picture frame glass all the time}, and wipe clean. :)

      xo!

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  60. I have an issue with hard water stains in the black tray under the ice and water dispenser on my fridge (along with the walls inside). Hot vinegar soak helps, as does paste wax, but it's a constant issue, even with diligent wiping.

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  61. Love the open bins in the produce drawer! The openness will keep the air circulating while still allow you to see what's in them and would be handy for keeping salad veggies together and steaming veggies together.

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  62. Hi Jen! I think you are a genius for coming up with the vertical bins for storage, I have been using various bins with mixed success, but I think vertical ones are the answer! I have a question on the milk jugs-- how heavy are they? Can the kids get their own milk? My kids get their own milk from the fridge, and I would hate it if they dropped one of the glass jugs due to it being too heavy. Though I like the idea of having the milk on the table during breakfasts. On the fruit: I second the opinion that berries don't last long after washing. I wash a big plate in the morning, then put the uneaten berries in the fridge to snack on during the day. I also keep a basket with pre-washed fruit on the counter for easy snacking and lunches. Here is a link to how I incorporate fresh produce in our daily eating if you were interested http://milasmilieu.com/2014/02/06/baby-steps-to-eating-healthier/
    Thanks so much for your clever organization solutions!

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    1. Hi Mila!

      The milk containers can get pretty heavy when full of milk. My youngest is 7 and does OK with them, but I would think that younger kids would probably struggle a bit with the size/weight, especially if they were stored higher in the fridge.

      xoxo!

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  63. Definitely wash kitchen clothes separately from bath items. The water doesn't get hot enough to kill germs. Great tips on organizing the fridge! Have a french door any tips for that?

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  64. What do yu use to wash your fruit? Great tips!

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    1. We use a fruit/veggie wash found at our local grocery store. I also love the fruit/veggie wash from The Honest Company if you subscribe to their service.

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  65. Great series! I love your blog. I was curious where you found the blue basket holding your fruit. I love the color and it is the perfect size.

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    1. Thanks! Found it at the dollar store. :)

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  66. This looks awesome! However, if your family has tons of leftovers in large and awkward bins, where would they go?!

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  67. Love your blog! Quick question: the water on the fridge...do you use a filter or are you lucky to have wonderful tap water? Thanks!!

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  68. Hi! I was wondering where you got the adhesive bookplate label holder?

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! The adhesive bookplates were part of the Martha Stewart line at Staples. :)

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  69. This is unbelievable. How you beautifully and effectively maximizing your space !! Such a talented gal.

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