January and February have been declared the organizational months for us here at Four Generations One Roof. So far we have organized one of our bath closets, bath cabinet, kitchen pantry, craft dresser and now our refrigerator. Some are probably giggling about our organization refrigerator makeover but I’m telling you, it makes a difference! We have never used bins and storage containers in our refrigerator and I’m asking myself now, why didn’t I do this before?
Our refrigerator prior was a mess. Kids drinks, snacks and a variety of food were items strewn everywhere.
I removed “everything” from the refrigerator, washed the walls, the shelves and drawers and oh my, it felt good to clean this thing! I disposed of all the expired food and condiments and started fresh. I used plastic storage pull out bins for the juice boxes, jello, pudding and other smaller snacks. Can I just tell you, disposing of the cardboard boxes that the food comes in (yogurts ect.) prior to putting in your refrigerator is the biggest tip I can give you.
The pull out bins are perfect for deep narrow cabinets or a refrigerator. I used the same ones in our pantry makeover as well as a few I picked up at Home Goods. My dad said to me, “that is so time consuming to remove the food from the boxes and have to put in a container.” I said, “Really? What difference does it make if you throw the box away prior to using or once the food is gone?” He laughed at me and told me I was crazy. Well guess what, he is loving how my refrigerator looks and he said, “so when are you going to do your mother’s and my refrigerator?” haha. We have two refrigerators so needless to say, you will most likely see another refrigerator makeover soon.
I love that the smaller snack items are corralled in one spot and stay in one spot!
Here is another shot of the refrigerator before.
One of the biggest problems we had was the soda boxes being stacked on top of each other. My son was always knocking them off and the cans would be everywhere. The empty soda boxes were always left in the refrigerator and to me, that meant we still had soda. You would think that if someone took the last can, they would dispose of the box. Oh no, not in our house. NOW, I know when I need to buy more soda :).
My husband drinks soda like it’s water. I know, it’s not healthy but that’s his thing. Soda!
I love the soda organizer.
Having two containers for fruit is ideal because it’s so easy now for my son to pull out the bin and get his own snack.
It was amazing how much room was gained in the refrigerator by disposing of expired salad dressings and other condiments! There is now room on the door for juices and other items. I absolutely LOVE our organization refrigerator makeover and I highly recommend removing everything and starting fresh with storage containers. You won’t regret the hour or two it takes to get it organized :).
Did you see our latest posts? They will knock your sox off!!!