Table of Contents
About Jeff & I
Total Failure ?
A Fresh Start
- If possible, clean before your next major grocery run; the emptier the
fridge, the easier the task.
- Before you begin, collect all the cleaning supplies you'll
need. This will save time and energy (both yours and your refrigerator's).
- Have several coolers ready to store the food you remove from the
refrigerator; you can pack the food in ice or use freezer packs to keep it
fresh while you clean. If you don't have enough, holler at a friend and borrow
hers. You may even consider working together and do both fridges in one
day! Skip being embarrassed as it's a waste of time.
- Begin removing items, shelf by shelf. As you do, inspect each item with
your eyes and nose—does it look/smell fresh? Is its expiration date still in
the future? Will it really get eaten, or is it just taking up space? If the
answer to any question is "No," pitch it! Place anything you are keeping in
coolers. Are you finding five different varieties of mustard in different
places? Group them together in the cooler so you know what you have.
- As you remove items, make a list (this could be a good job for the kids).
The list will be a great way to keep track of what you need (and don't need)
at the grocery store. And all those delicious, unusual sauces and condiments
that tend to get shoved to the back of the fridge are more likely to get used
if you can actually remember you have them.
- After the fridge is empty, let the cleaning begin. Work from top to bottom
to avoid drips on already cleaned sections.