Some of you may be thinking, “This girl has way too much time on her hands!” I guess you could say that you’re right to an extent, but what better time to clean and organize than times like these! I mean, we’re still in quarantine (at least my household is until a COVID-19 vaccine surfaces).
Actually, cleaning and organizing my fridge has been on my list of “to-dos” for a while now. Due to my heavy amount of OCDs, adding labels to things is calming for me. When I told my mom that I was working on the project of creating labels for our fridge, her response was, “Who does that!?” Well…judge all you want, but I think you’ll agree that the before and after pics show that the task was well worth it.
This is a pic of what the inside of our fridge looked like before I began the task of cleaning out and organizing:
Not too too bad, but still in need of some decluttering and organizing. Now in preparing to do this project, I was under the impression that it might take me an hour or so, and I’d have it done….WRONG! This was an all-day affair! The act of cleaning out and organizing the fridge did only take about an hour, BUT the making of the labels and application of them was the time consuming part.
Tip: Go ahead and make your labels and have everything ready to go before you begin cleaning out and organizing.
Below is the way it looked after all was cleaned and organized!! I LOVE it!!
If you’re wanting to achieve this in your own fridge, follow these 5 simple steps:
Step One: Purchase a container organizing set to group items together. There are tons of options out there. Just find what works best for you. I purchased the one below from Amazon linked here: https://www.amazon.com/Sagler-Organizers-Set-10-Stackable-Refrigerator/dp/B07XPF85PQ/ref=sr_1_8?crid=21PMR3V2DII8H&dchild=1&keywords=fridge+organizer&qid=1591883413&sprefix=fridge+or%2Caps%2C740&sr=8-8
Step 2: Decide on how you’d like to categorize the sections in your fridge (i.e. I categorized by fruits, veggies, deli items, condiments, sauces, cooking items, snacks, etc), and create labels for each category. If you do not have a Cricut to cut them out, you could buy chalk sticker labels and a chalk marker to hand-write your labels.
Step 3: Make your labels. I usually make all my labels in Cricut Craft Room. Here is the link to the labels that I made for this particular project: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5ee0ef478492df0a5062dc80 You may need to download this free font from http://dafont.com and install it on your computer in order for it to work. The name of this particular font is skinnyrae from dafont.com.
Step 4: Start cleaning out your fridge…shelf by shelf. Take everything off one shelf and check all the expiration dates. Toss all items that have expired or have been left in the fridge too long (time for that 2 week old lasagna to go ;)) Then, get a warm rag and wipe down the sides of your fridge. If your shelf is removable, take it out and wash it in the sink with warm soapy water. Be sure to towel dry the shelf and insides of the fridge before you place food back.
As you begin clearing out the food, start grouping it into groups that you have made labels for. If you would like to label your organizing containers, begin applying labels to them.
Continue to go shelf, by shelf, until you’ve cleaned and cleared away all expired food items and wiped up any residues and spills.
Step 5: Add your labels. When adding labels using vinyl from Cricut, you definitely want to use some type of transfer tape. This helps apply the labels straight and centered. You also want to make sure that the surface area is clean and dry before application. I actually applied labels as I went to each shelf, but you can do this step last as well.
…and there you have it! 5 Easy steps to creating a clean organized fridge! Don’t forget to like this post. Hope you enjoyed this it and please subscribe to this blog so you can get more helpful insights to make your home better!