I'm doing it, I'm baring it all. Taking the before photos of my messy fridge was pretty embarrassing, but realizing that I didn't notice how messy it was on a day-to-day basis is worse. For the sake of motivation, posterity, and that satisfying "after" photo, here it is anyway (and yes, I plan to be satisfied).
Like most people, I obviously want my fridge to be clean and organized. But when a busy week gets the better of me, I stop paying attention and it gets to the point where I don't even want to know what's in that container in the very back. I put away all of the excuses, rolled up my sleeves, set aside 45 minutes and dove in.
It will be helpful to have:
- Water and dish soap
- Dish towel
- Cleaning wipes
- Reusable containers
- Labels and marker
If you are taking part in this challenge, I also highly recommend that you start by making sure the rest of your kitchen is clean, your sink empty and your counter space cleared. You will be using your sink to wash and wipe down the shelves of your fridge, and you will need the counter space to hold your fridge items while you clean. It also makes this process feel less overwhelming if your kitchen is already tidy.
I started by clearing it out. You can either empty the whole fridge and do a clean sweep, or work in sections, which is what I did. This is one of those projects where starting it is half the battle; once I saw all the random items rolling out of my fridge and started eyeballing the cans and jars that needed to be discarded, I started getting really motivated.
I checked the expiration dates on everything, discarded what needed to be thrown out, and wiped down containers and bottles. I also started organizing the random items that needed to go into containers. I have half-used vegetables here and there and a lot times they don't get used, so I put those in zip-top bags or reusable containers and labeled them for easy access and use.
Next, I took stock of the empty section of the fridge. I took the shelves out, rinsed them in the sink with water, dish soap and a sponge. I took a Clorox wipe to the floor and walls of the fridge. I dried off the shelves with a dish towel and put them back in.
Then I stood in front of the fridge for a few minutes and thought about how I wanted to organize it. I repeated this process of emptying out, cleaning, and assessing for the door of my fridge as well as its bottom drawers.
I also decided to tackle my freezer, which was in even worse shape. Since I don't use my freezer as much as my fridge, there were more mysterious things hidden in the corners than I had anticipated. It was eye opening, to say the least. Stay tuned to see how I eventually turned this all around!
DON'T FORGET TO SHARE:
Take quick photos of either your "before" fridge or your amazingly clean, organized "after" result. Post and tag on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr with #atweekendproject. We'll be looking for you!
(Image credits: Christine Lu)