No! Not that “Fridge”, you sillies! The refrigerator! As in that tall, cold thing lurking in your kitchen.
That’s where we’re gonna start our MYBM challenge. Now don’t freak out. I know I told you that I wouldn’t challenge you to do complicated things. This may sound frightening, but it’s gonna be simple. We’re just gonna pitch some stuff, move some stuff around and wipe it down some. Simple.
A clean kitchen starts with a clean and orderly fridge. It makes it easier for the whole family to find snacks or beverages if they don’t have to remove 15 items first to get to them. And every time, without fail, that I clean the fridge, Brian will say “The fridge looks nice, honey.” Honest, he does! He may not utter a peep after I scour the bathroom from top to bottom. He may barely notice if he comes home and not an item is out of place. (Ha! Like that ever happens.) But 100% of the time he will tell me the “fridge looks nice, honey” after I’ve cleaned it. The man likes a clean fridge, I guess.
And I do too. I can get meals prepared much more efficiently if everything is where it’s supposed to be and I don’t have an army of Tupperware in there preparing to launch an arsenal attack on the apples and broccoli in the crisper drawer!
Here you have it. (Notice that long casserole dish. I’m pretty sure that’s been in there since we moved in 2 years ago. Not really, but it’s been AWHILE.)
And yes, that is a bottle of Jack Daniels back there. Don’t go judging me and thinking I’m sloshin’ around my house while the girls are at school! I use it in making hot “thera-flu” type drinks for Brian and myself when we’ve got colds. It’s kinda like Nyquil only better because it’s hot and it warms your bones. I’ll post the recipe at the end, if anyone’s interested…
And notice how there are about 14,000 things on that top shelf? Well that would be because we always just kinda slide stuff in there and push everything to the back. It’s easy to forget about all that stuff that’s been pushed to the back.
So the first thing you gotta do is go get your cute rubber gloves that your mom bought for you from Goodwill. I find that I don’t cringe as much at cleaning out the fridge if I’ve got a layer of rubber protecting my skin from touching anything nasty. Or hairy. Or alive.
Next, fill your sink with hot, soapy water for all of those containers that are currently holding mystery meat, but will soon be emptied & plopped into the dish water (or dishwasher). They can get a good soak while you continue on your quest.
Then, just start tossing stuff that is past the expiration date. And all of those leftovers that turned into left-behinds.
Now, before you go to moving things into their proper places and making everything all symmetrical and neat, just grab your rag out of the dish water and push everything on one side to the other.
Now just wipe that surface real good. Grab a dish towel and dry it. Now push everything onto that side and wipe down the other.
And repeat all the way down.
Now, you can go one further if you feel so inclined and remove the drawers at the bottom and wash them in your hot soapy water, but I ain’t gettin’ that meticulous today. I did this a few months ago and I’ll just be honest here, once a year is about all I’m good for at washing the drawers, unless some nasty slime oozes down in there.
The next thing I do is look in the door where all the condiments are. Move ’em around and see if you’ve got a bunch of junk underneath all the bottles. If you do, then you ought to go ahead and take that stuff out and wipe those out also. If you don’t, then you’re ready to start getting things placed neatly and where they are easy to access.
Now take just a couple of minutes and wash all of those containers that are soaking in your sink.
Now, doesn’t that feel better? It sure does to me. I will eagerly await my husband’s remarks about the clean fridge! (I am painfully aware that my before and after pics don’t look all that different from each other, but at least all of the shelves are clean and I can see where everything is now)
And look, I even tidied up the outside a bit!
So, there’s your challenge, now move your butt and go clean out your fridge! Feel free to link here if you want to participate or just leave your comments about how much unbridled fun you had cleaning your fridge in the comments section.
Now for the recipe:
This comes from the Susan Branch Autumn book and she calls it the Cure For A Cold.
But you already guessed that I have a different name for it, didn’t you?
I like to call it a Hot Nasty. Because it’s hot. And it’s nasty. But it works. And seriously, in comparison to Nyquil, which is about as nasty as you can get, it’s not that bad. In fact, I would say that in comparison to Nyquil, it’s rather tasty. The honey and the lemon juice kill the whiskey taste.
Put one shot of Jack Daniels in a big mug and add 1 t. honey, the juice of one lemon and fill rest of the way with boiling water.
I would say: Enjoy! like we all like to say at the end of our recipes, but I don’t really think that fits here, so I’ll just say: Feel Better!