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This has to be one of the most detested cleaning jobs I have. (I'd rather clean the toilet than the fridge because it takes less time!) The reward is a beautiful and sparkling fridge.

I found this link that I thought looks very helpful. http://ezinearticles.com/?Declutter...Out-and-Organize-Your-Refrigerator&id=1671925 I cut and paste most of the article below so you don't have to open it.

Declutter Your House - How to Clean Out and Organize Your Refrigerator
A cluttered refrigerator is not only an inconvenience, it can be down right nasty. If you can block out some time to get this done, you can declutter house and home by starting in the kitchen and look forward to a week of blissful refrigerator door openings. This is one of those small projects that can make a big difference on the efficiency of your home. Try it out and see if being clutter free doesn't feel significantly better than putting up with the clutter.

Things You'll Need:

* dishwashing soap
* sponge
* trash can
* a small box of baking soda
* about an hour of time

Step 1: Empty the whole refrigerator

I know it sounds like a pain. But, might as well clean it out while you're at it. Take everything out and, and wipe the inside of your refrigerator with a soapy sponge. Open up your brand new box of baking soda and put it on a shelf somewhere in the back of the refrigerator. The baking soda will absorb odors and keep your refrigerator smelling fresh.

Step 2: Toss out the old and expired food

If it's wilted, smelly, fuzzy or expired it needs to go in the trash. This is your refrigerator, you don't want it to turn into a science experiment. It's a great feeling to know there are no nasty surprises hiding in your Tupperware.

Step 3: Group your food items by type

If you group all your food items by type outside before you put them back in your refrigerator, you can get a better idea of the kind of space you need inside to accommodate your items.

Step 4: Adjust your shelves


All your food is laying out grouped by type. Now you can see what items are taller or shorter and adjust your shelves accordingly. The top shelve should probably be left the tallest, to accommodate large pitchers and bottles. If you have a lot of canned drinks or large liter bottles of soda, you can look into getting special wire racks that either sit on the shelf or hang underneath the shelf to free up more space (there are many of these declutter house gadgets now on the market, so keep your eyes pealed at discount stores.) Allow at least one long shelf that reaches across the whole refrigerator for cakes and large baking sheets.

Step 5: Return food to the refrigerator in groups

Put all your sandwich making or deli items in one drawer. Put your butter and cream cheese items in the butter compartment (sometimes on the door). Put fruits in one bin, put vegetables in another (these are usually on the bottom.) Bottled items can go on the door, just make sure they are grouped by type; jellies together, salad dressings together, sauces together and so on. Designate certain areas for foods that have been cooked and only need to be reheated, an area for meats (beef, seafood, poultry), and another for dairy products.

Step 6: Maintain, repeat and expand

As beautiful as your fridge looks now, it will only be functional if you maintain what you've done by cleaning out the fridge once a week (tossing out old food and wiping it down.) This weekly habit will keep your refrigerator looking organized and clean throughout the week. Remember to put items back in their correct grouping.

Now that I've motivated myself...off I go to the fridge. I'll keep you posted what I got accomplished. Feel free to join this challenge and post what rotting, fuzzy, expired and ancient things you've found in your fridge.:lol:
 

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OK...I'm in the middle of cleaning. I haven't found anything molding or rotting yet. I'll keep you posted.
 

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I plan on doing mine this week as well. It is a great article! DH left a bottle of red wine on it's side and it leaked all over the bottom. So it needs to be done anyway! :rolleyes:
 

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...Too late tonight to start that kind of project!!
I know. I'm a little crazy because it's so late, but I decided to start tonight anyway. I often go to bed around midnight (or a little before) anyways, so why not clean the fridge?!:lol:
 

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This was on my to-do list tomorrow anyway, so I'm in :)
 

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Phew!...I'm done. I checked FV a couple times while I was in the middle of it to regain sanity. That is one job that is so tedious and boring, but yes very important. Nothing in my fridge was molding or anything and only one item I threw out...a high-calorie salad dressing that I don't eat anymore since I've been losing weight.

It probably took a lot longer than the average person because I had two bowls...one bowl with warm water and baking soda and another bowl with warm water and vinegar. I washed everything twice using a both each time. May as well get it extra clean if you're going to do it at all, right?

Have fun cleaning your fridges, everyone. Post your happenings on this thread!
 

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Well, i'm in. My fridge has some leakage from an exploding pop can. (No one is sure how that happened???) So tomorrow morning when I get home from work I'll be cleaning out the fridge. W00t for a challenge I can get done!!
 

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Well, i'm in. My fridge has some leakage from an exploding pop can. (No one is sure how that happened???)
I have exploding pop cans as well. I put my pop on the top shelf in the very back and it gets really cold and sometimes freezes the pop. Also, things on the bottom shelf get pushed all the way back, they sometimes freeze as well. There is no saving frozen lettuce! lol Anyway. I'm in on this challenge as well, going to do this tonight.
 

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Well I'm in for tomorrow. I have this first on my spring cleaning list for the kitchen.

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I'm in and all done! YAY! Had a few leftovers that went in the garbage, but nothing too much. And you're right, how nice it is to open that door and see it organized and clean. Makes me want to make some jell-o and pudding cups. And also to cut up that canteloupe in there, and make fruit cups. Don't feel like doing that stuff when it's cluttered and dirty, kwim?

I liked this challenge! Thanks Quiltin'Mama!

Theresa :)
 

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Mine wasn't too bad except for that nasty onion that was hiding in the back. Blech! LOL
 

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I haven't done mine yet. To be honest, I forget about it until I open the fridge for something :laugh:
 

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The best tip that I heard about was to buy those little plastic shoe boxes at Wal-mart and make a 'dairy box', a 'cheese box', etc.
Or you could go a bit bigger if you have the room in your fridge.
I'm sure even a condiment box would be a great idea or even a salad dressing box.

In my sandwich box, I have my jars of pickles, jar of mayonnaise and mustards.
In my dairy box, I store my cups of yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc.

I saw this idea on a video from here:
http://everydayfoodstorage.net/

She did a video that talks about organizing a small kitchen and I picked up a couple of good ideas from her.

As for cleaning out the fridge, I try to have one day a week that I go through and get rid of all leftovers, then one day I will go through the drawers.
These seem to be my trouble spots for some reason?

Then I start with whichever shelf is emptier and wipe it down and then move the stuff from another shelf over and do this until I'm done.
I guess removing everything makes sense, but to me it's just too much work.
Although I do still seem to do this about 3 times a year or so.

I seem to actually clean it out about every 2 weeks, but I go through the drawers about twice a week.
'Cause we have a really small fridge and if I don't clear it out, we won't have any room for new groceries.:whistle:
 

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I didn't throw anything out since I take leftovers for lunch unless we have them for dinner. It was time to do the wiping down bottles, cleaning door shelves and the drawers (lots of onion peels and no onions).Well that's one spring cleaning job done. The oven is next.
I take that back, I threw out a container of chip dip, and some almost gone sour cream.
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im in. i actually did mine yesterday..i like to clean the fridge wekly so i know for sure what we need and what we dont and a great way to make sure we use left overs....why oh why do the bottles of stuff leave rings on the shelves??????
 
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