How’s everyone doing with the challenges? It is going great at our house. I’ll be posting several pictures this week on my social media accounts, as well as putting a couple update posts on the blog.
Today, starts week 5 home organizing challenge. The refrigerator and freezer are some of the most used appliances in your kitchen. They can easily get out of control and disorganized. This week during the home organizing challenge, we are going to focus on organizing our refrigerator and freezer and creating zones for all our food.
Organizing Refrigerator and Freezer Plan and Checklist:
- Gather items and equipment before pulling everything out of the refrigerator and freezer. Items you’ll need: trash bags, permanent marker, food storage labels, cleaning supplies, ice chest and cooler.
- Trash old and expired items.
- Clean refrigerator and freezer while everything is emptied from them.
- Put everything back into refrigerator and freezer by zones.
- Go through every item in your refrigerator and freezer. Trash old and expired food.
- Put items that you are keeping from the refrigerator and freezer into an ice chest and cooler.
- Clean the refrigerator and freezer. I suggest doing this quickly. You don’t want your food to spoil.
- Put everything back into the refrigerator and freezer by zones. Suggested zones:
- Leftovers (typically a section of a shelf)
- Milk, juices, other drinks (typically on a shelf)
- Other dairy items (typically on a shelf or a drawer)
- Fresh produce (typically in the fruit and vegetable drawer(s))
- Cheeses (typically in a drawer)
- Meats (meats typically go in their own drawer, usually at the bottom to avoid spills. You don’t want the juices from raw meat dripping on your fruits and veggies. Yuck! Lunch meats can go in the drawer with cheese, making that drawer the “lunch” zone.)
- Eggs (it is best to keep the eggs in their originally carton on a shelf)
- Condiments (typically on the door of the refrigerator)
- Snacks (typically in a container on a lower shelf so the kiddos can reach)
Pretty easy right? This challenge shouldn’t take too long to complete.
I hope you will join me in this challenge. Please share your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #pmporgchallenge, blog and link back to this challenge and share your before and after pictures. Good luck. I’ll see you next week for week 6 challenge.