Peppermint Patty knows how important it is to have a well planned holiday meal. But, chances are you aren’t serving toast, pretzels and popcorn for Thanksgiving. So, you may need to think about organizing your refrigerator before the big day. Today, I’ll give you a peek into my own refrigerator and show you how I organize this space that’s used by the whole family. You don’t have to feel like a blockhead in the kitchen, watch this video to make meal preparation less stressful and more productive.
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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about organizing your refrigerator. Just in time for the holidays, you know we’ve got to make room for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers. So a couple of things. First, finding homes for items, and secondly, maintaining your refrigerator.
So when you think about a home for something in the refrigerator, the first thing that pops into my mind is the milk. Everybody in the family knows exactly where to find the milk. See, it’s right there in it’s same old spot as it always is, so everyone knows where to put it back as well. So why not transfer that concept into the rest of your refrigerator. If you want to group like items together and then find homes for those items. You can actually put them all together, like sandwich condiments right in the door bin, and have only sandwich condiments there, and you can even, if you’re lucky enough, lift this in and out pretty easily, and take it to the counter when you’re ready to make a sandwich.
Speaking of sandwiches, there is not a limit to just the bins in the door. You can actually add other bins to your refrigerator and just keep them on the shelves. This is a great example with our sandwiches. So, we make sandwiches almost every day in this house because we have two teenage boys. So, we just put the sandwich meat and the cheeses all together here in this bin instead of using the meat drawer. And then this way we can just pull this in and out, take it to the counter, and make the sandwiches very simply. You can do this with salad dressings or jams and jellies if you make a lot of biscuits. All kinds of possibilities.
So, let’s talk now about maintaining your refrigerator. You know, we’ve made a video before about habit hooks, and this is a perfect example. You want to hook the habit of cleaning out the take-out food and the leftovers from your refrigerator on the night before your trash collector comes to get your garbage from the curb. The reason for that is that if there is anything that smells bad, you don’t want to be doing that the day after the trash collector comes because then you’re going to live with those smells in your garage or wherever it is for the whole rest of the week until he comes again. So, you might as well do it the night before, and then that is a nice reminder.
And if you need an extra reminder, we have a reminder system in our Member Area. That’s one of the many benefits of becoming a Clutter Diet Member. You can put that reminder in as a recurring event. And then you’ll just get an e-mail every week, the day before the trash is going to come, and then you will remember to clean out your refrigerator. You can find out more about those benefits at clutterdiet.com/learnmore.
See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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