As the Holidays approach, there are many projects we undertake to prepare for them. One essential task that most people often overlook is making sure the refrigerator is in tip-top shape. A well-functioning fridge will ensure that food for Holiday meals can be easily stored and accessed. To further inspire you, it is National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day on November 15th! In this post, you will find five simple steps that will lead you to having a well-organized refrigerator during the Holidays.
5 STEPS TO PREP YOUR FRIDGE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
1. Start out by creating zones in your refrigerator. You can draw a diagram and designate specific areas. Most people I work with like to establish zones according to food groups: dairy, meats, produce, etc. You could also organize according to people in your household, or by size if you’re working with limited space.
2. Next find boxes to sort the items from your refrigerator. Also pull out a heavy duty trash bag. Decide what categories you have and label the boxes accordingly (I recommend using painter’s or frog tape on the boxes).
3. Now you can start sorting items into the boxes. Toss spoiled veggies & leftovers, expired condiments and dairy foods, freezer-burned food, and anything else that will not be consumed.
4. After you finish sorting, make sure to thoroughly wipe down the shelves and drawers with a vinegar-based solution or baking soda. Then clean off food containers and bottles that have dried residue on them. If you don’t already have Fridge & Freezer Odor Absorbers in your fridge, I strongly recommend that you pick some up next time you are at the grocery store.
5. Take inventory of all the items you have, then place them in the zones you have categorized. If you have excess of one group, they can be moved into zones that have more room. If you need to store any items in containers, do this as you move the items back into your refrigerator.
Bonus suggestions: If you find it difficult to access food that is in the back of the fridge, invest in roll-out trays that will make them much easier to reach. A “Lazy Susan” is another product that can make storage and access much simpler tasks. Two places that have plenty of options to purchase these are: