Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Motivation: Clean Your Fridge and Freezer

Do you dread seeing my Monday Motivation every Monday morning? Do I bug you with my "to-do" list each week? Well, you're really going to hate me today. I'm going where no one wants to go. I'm going to the fridge and freezer.

Before you stock up on holiday foods for Thanksgiving and Christmas it would be to your benefit to clean out these two appliances.

Let's start with the fridge.

1. Drag your garbage can over to the fridge. Fill the sink up with warm, sudsy water.

2. Start on the door. Remove all of the bottles and containers. Wipe down every shelf with a dish cloth or sponge rinsed out in the warm water. Check over every container. Toss out anything that is expired, empty (it happens), or that your family will never eat. Replace remaining containers according to type (pickles with relish, jams with jellies, ketsup with mustard and mayo etc.)

3. Repeat step 2 with the fridge shelves. Be sure to pull out the crisper drawers and wipe underneath them. You won't believe the crud that hides down there.

4. Speaking of crisper drawers, you can line them with a cotton tea towel or paper towel and it will help to absorb any condensation that collects. The next time you clean, simply wash the towel or throw away the paper towel.

5. This is the hardest step. Pull your fridge away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Also, vacuum the front and back of the fridge. It will help your appliance run more efficiently. If you don't do this step you could have a day like my bloggy friend, Bonita, had. You can read about her "day gone wrong" here.

Ok, are you tired yet? I cleaned my fridge and both freezers on Saturday and it took me less than an hour. That also included the inventory list I made of my freezer contents.

Freezer cleaning:

1. Take everything off of the door and wipe it down. Just like cleaning the fridge, throw away anything that is expired, has freezer burn, or can't be identified. Trust me, you're never going to eat it.

2. Repeat step 1 with the shelves in the freezer. Replace items together by type. I keep all of my bagged items together in square/rectangular baskets. They act like drawers on the freezer shelves. I have one for veggies, fruits, and cheeses.

3. If you've got enough energy left, pull out your extra freezer (hubs might have to help with this) and clean under it. Also, vacuum the vent area. It probably has cob webs around it.

Now, your fridge and freezer are ready for the holiday season. Don't you feel better?

1 comment:

  1. Oh please, I love the Monday motivation!! It might take me all week to get done, but at least I have a goal!


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