A Housekeeping Confession
I hate cleaning out my refrigerator.
I really do. I try very hard not to have leftovers just so I don’t have to clean them out later on, but that never works.
There’s always something growing in a bowl in the back.
There’s always something stuck to the bottom of a jar.
Somehow, there’s always something I planned to use for something that never gets used, and seven months later probably isn’t good anymore.
And, I don’t know about you, but it seems like it’s a pain in the rear to clean refrigerator shelves. It’s like they don’t want to come clean or something.
Honestly, it gets to the point that I’m afraid to clean out the vegetable bins.
On clean the fridge days, if there’s any meat in the deli drawer, it just gets tossed for safety’s sake. I don’t even try to figure out what’s good or not.
Somehow, the refrigerator is one of the areas in my life that just doesn’t get taken care of on a regular enough basis to prevent the science experiments. And it has always been that way. I remember the day I got released from the hospital after giving birth to Kaylee, I was cleaning out our refrigerator because her dad had a fit about how bad it was and my parents were due in the next day.
You’d think that 14 years later, I’d be better on top of it, but I’m not. So when I do my big shopping, I always end up having to clean it out while I have groceries in bags waiting to go in. It makes unpacking the groceries that much more stressful.
But, at least I have good help.
And once every few weeks, a really clean fridge.
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oooooohhh….I am envious of all your space. I have the same shaped refrigerator, bt mine has so much LESS space! We have a darn door ice dispenser and it takes up so much room…urrggg!
Despite all that…you have inspired me to go and clean my fridge today…since it’s grocery shopping day. :)
UGH! My fridge gets SOOOO gross. I truly hate cleaning it. I have the same style you have and all of my shelves, drawers, etc. pull completely out so that I can get everything clean…but even when I “clean” the fridge I only pull everything out every 2nd or 3rd time (embarrassing, but true). It is high time I pull out all the drawers and clean out the funk that collects at the very bottom of the fridge. It’s hard to motivate myself to clean the part that no one (NO ONE!) ever sees…but I know there is nastiness lurking under there.
I hate cleaning the frig too, and I really dislike my refrigerator’s arrangement. I think I’d really like your style with refrigeration on top and freezer on bottom.
I hated my side by side, little tiny shelves, things were constantly being spilled and jostled. It didn’t keep produce well at all . . . or froze it. The freezer was tiny and I never used the ice maker. Then it started leaking water. :) I didn’t bother to call a repair man. I bought a new one, a smaller one even, and life is much better.
(Well probably not, but I tell myself that, and so far I haven’t had it long enough to grow science experiments.)
I do the same, I put it off until I need to put something away and then it’s twice as hard. I blame the fact that my husband has to have 3 different kinds of pickles, olives, hot peppers, etc. But I have to say—those milks in your “after” picture are a little too precariously balanced for my taste. :)
I hate cleaning out my fridge too and I wait till the last minute to clean it out. Usually right before my hubby takes his weekly trip to the dump.
Thank-you so much for sharing. Our refrigerator is really too small for a family of six, so we always have food crammed in there that ends up spilling or getting lost in the back. My mother-in-law stayed at our house for a few days and took it upon herself to clean out our fridge. I can still hear her saying,” Are you really going to eat all those pickles.” It was embarrassing.