If you are just reading this, start with 40 days to Organization and then come back here for Day #1.
We will start in the heart of the home: The Kitchen
The kitchen is where the family gets together. It is where we do homework, make meals, eat meals, do our arts & crafts, etc. The kitchen is where we spend most of our time.
Today we will talk about food storage:
The refrigerator: I know, not too much fun, but it will get you started.
Take some time out of your day today to work on this. Give yourself a good thirty minutes. Be prepared with cleaning supplies, saran wrap or press n seal, a sharpie, tape or labels, garbage bags and containers & baggies.
Starting on the inside:
- Take everything out of your refrigerator (make sure that you have at least 30 minutes to do this because you can’t leave your food sitting out for too long). I would do the freezer section after you do the refrigerator section, to give yourself more time, to avoid thawing your food.
-Clean the shelves. Scrub the food and spilled drinks from the shelves (soapy water works well for this, or a cleaner, or vinegar and water).
- Throw away any old food or drinks
- When you put your items back in:
- Add tape or labels to your items and write the date on anything that is opened. I use a sharpie to write on the lids of things or on the tape if it isn’t a disposable container (ex: applesauce container, write on the lid. Left-over dinner in my own container, write on tape. I would write “2/12/13″ or whatever the date is – Now I will know that this is only good for a week past this date, or whatever your time frame is for your item.) I normally add tape to containers & write on them with a sharpie. When I am done with them, I just peel off the tape & throw it away before putting the container into the dishwasher.
Now moving onto the outside:
I like to keep most of my things on the side of the refrigerator to keep the front clean. On the front I keep one picture of each of our kids and one thing from school (see my School work & art work organization here)
On the side, I keep pictures of my nieces & my nephew, pictures of friend’s kids and some important paperwork. My calendar & most important papers are in my “command center” – I’ll talk about that in a few days. For now, just put what you can on the side of the fridge and THROW AWAY things that are just taking up room! If you have receipts, put them in one envelope & tape that envelope to the side where you can add to them, while keeping them contained. When it is full, go through it and throw away what you do not need. This can be a great system for any paperwork. (Example: I keep all preschool information in one large envelope, all elementary school info in another envelope).
The same rule goes for the top. It is easy to just throw it up there & forget about it. Today is the day where you remember it and take care of it! If it is something ‘waiting to be fixed’ (in our case, a picture frame was up there for about 6 months!), either fix it or toss it. If it is a book, return it or donate it. If it is paperwork, file it or throw it out!
Now clean the front of the refrigerator until it is shiny and DO NOT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TOP!
Good luck! This can be a lengthy process for one little refrigerator, but it is worth it and will make you feel so much ‘cleaner’! Remember to keep up with this. After you are finished reading this, go to your calendar and find the date that is ten days from today & write “Go through refrigerator”. On that day, go back through & throw out old foods, clean up spills, ect…