0
Kitchen Organising

Love your fridge: Keeping it clean and organised

2

 

I spent Sunday completely clearing out our fridge as part of my deep cleaning project that breaks up different parts of a room over a series of days to make it more manageable. It was the fridge’s turn to be emptied, scrubbed and disinfected this week. I thought I’d share how I clean our fridge and keep it organised – it contributes to a lot less waste and makes menu planning and grocery shopping a lot easier.

Line your shelves 

DSC00008

I highly recommend lining your fridge shelves with a self-adhesive liner – we have had ours lined for about a year and a half now after I saw it on Pinterest. It makes the shelves so much easier to wipe clean on a regular basis – so no more scrubbing shelves after something sticky has spilled all over them – and makes it look pretty and a little less blah. There’s a little work involved in measuring things out – I delegated this to my husband who is super particular about the weirdest things (bless him), and that really comes in handy when you’re tracing out odd shapes like this – but it is totally worth it. Shelf liners are really inexpensive, I purchased mine here.

Get everything out 

Empty the fridge entirely and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be in there. Once you’ve gotten rid of things, repackage what is in there if necessary into bins or ziplock bags or tupperware and label it if you feel you need to. I then group things into ‘categories’ on my kitchen counter and decide where things need to go for the easiest access.

Clean, clean, clean 

 

Give everything a good scrub and wipe down – I use a Method spray in the grapefruit scent which is my favourite and then I go over everything again (particularly the see through parts) with a microfibre cloth to avoid water spots and smudges. You will also need to wipe down bottles and tubs and jars. If like mine, your exterior is covered in children’s fingerprints, you’ll need to work on that too. Dry immediately with a microfibre cloth to prevent streaking.

Put everything back

I start with the produce drawers first and pop the kids snack box in there. They go through a LOT of cucumber and carrot sticks and grapes so those are chopped and ready (they are eaten really quickly in our home so they don’t go bad) and are at the front for quick access. When Yusuf opens the fridge, that box is the first thing he sees and by extension, what he will ask us for (Yusuf – 0   Mummy – 1, haha).

DSC00012

I store lunch meats in a fairly thin store container so they’re stored appropriately and not in unsightly clingfilm or similar.

All the other produce is either left in original packaging if I know I’m going to use it quickly or is removed from original packaging and placed into these stayfresh bags from Lakeland. I love these bags – they are reusable and work so well at keeping produce fresh for longer.

DSC00013

I also use a Fridge-It from Lakeland that keeps the fridge from smelling funky – I love the little purple case and it hangs perfectly from our drinks rack. I’m going to try and replace it with activated charcoal when it becomes less effective or just replacing it with a new one.

Things we use most frequently are at the door or towards the front of the shelves. Anything that isn’t needed just yet or is a spare is on the very top shelf that isn’t easily accessible. Our fridge is good at regulating temperature (or so the display on the front of the door says, anyway) so we’re not worried about having milk products on the door (yes, we buy three different kinds of milk).

Once you’ve done it all – write down everything that’s in your fridge. I pop a little task note into my recipe binder so when I’m menu planning, I know what I have to work with and also, I look back at the list before we go grocery shopping and cross off anything that we’ve used that needs to be bought again – half the work done for you!

DSC00009

Open the fridge several times throughout the day to admire your handiwork 

I do this – a lot. I’m easily pleased.

DSC00010

Go on, delve into the cool depths of your fridge and battle the out of date food and the sticky spills and the haphazard-ness of it all and don’t stop until it looks like it did in the sales photos from when you bought it. I joke.

No, really – try it and let me know how you get on!

 

You Might Also Like...

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Khudaija Nagaria
    February 3, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Assalam O Alaikum Wa Rehmatullahe Wa Barakatuhu. Loved it masha’Allah! Most things, I already do …but having to pen it down is an extremely brilliant idea!

    Jazakillahu Khairan Katheeran. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reward you abundantly for sharing and caring 🙂

    Aameen!

  • Reply
    Famidha
    February 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Assalamualikum Iman! I thought I visited your blog earlier, but this looks totally new and fantastic. I am in so love with your design and logo. About this post, reminds me I have to clean mine. It hardly gets dirty as its just us two, still I am very obsessive about organizing things in categories, like I keep all leftovers in one side, fruits in another etc.. but your post just makes me put up “Clean Fridge” on my daily to-do list.. 😛 Again MashaAllah, you blog and you are pretty!

  • Reply
    Rafia
    May 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    OMG! If my dad saw this, he’d tell me to do that same. I’m pretty OCD, but the fridge is something I don’t have to deal with unless I open it… and it’s never open for too long. Maybe one day! Since this is fridge-related, do you use baking soda to keep it fresh? My mom says to replace every month, but I’m pretty sure I’ve only done that once in the 4 months my husband and I have been living together! Even if I were to clean the fridge, it wouldn’t stay tidy for very long. I find myself having to tidy up the rest of the house… the fridge shall have to wait. But using cuter liners? I might have to borrow that idea! I want purple polka dots!!!!

  • Reply
    Raising Young Believers
    May 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I LOVE the idea of lining the shelves. Its like a face-lift for the fridge. Thats certainly something Im going to try. I also try to have a box/container specifically for the kids snacks, that way they can reach what they want without turning the rest of the fridge into a mess.

    Great write up!

  • Reply
    Amina
    May 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Masha Allah, this post is much needed especially with Ramadan getting closer.

    A clean and organised fridge is a huge step to a healthier lifestyle – how easy it is to abandon it for ages. This sounds sooo like me ‘open the fridge several times throughout the day to admire your handiwork’.

    Thanks for sharing x

  • Reply
    Umme Hafsa
    May 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love posts like these! Your fridge looks so organised mashaAllah. My fridge is organised but overflowing with food 😀 (can anyone else relate?) 😉 I’m really thinking of buying the ‘stayfresh’ bags because my produce doesn’t last very long. And we buy three types of milk too! Almond, oat and dairy too 🙂 Pretty cool.

  • Reply
    Zainab Dokrat
    May 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    So neat and tidy! Perfect lol I will be reviewing an app that actually helps people stay on top of what they buy etc insha-Allah soon. Ah you don’t wanna see how an Indian fridge looks like sometimes it’s ice cream tubs for days lol also makes me wish I had my own kitchen sometimes. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com and http://www.beautywithzainy.com)

  • Reply
    Nakida
    May 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Ma sha Allah, your fridge looks so neat and clean. I did invest in shelf liners from Crate and barrel before but it was such a hassle to clean, food somehow always got stuck under the liners. Maybe it was to thick or high, I am going to look at the ones you used and see if it’s better in sha Allah.

  • Reply
    Rubina
    May 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I love your fridge! This has me itching to re-do my fridge now, especially the cleaning part. And i love the easily accessible box for kids- my 1.5 year old absolutely goes crazy every time I open the fridge…he needs a box of his own, I think!

  • Reply
    Abbie
    May 16, 2016 at 4:08 am

    That self-adhesive liner stole my heart. I’d need to convince my Desi family though that it serves a real purpose instead of just being cosmetic to be able to get the buying decision approved. We have two fridges, alhamdulillah, and each one is a humongous beast. One’s for eggs and dairy and desserts and fruits and the other is for veggies and condiments and breads, and cooked food. The sweets fridge stays pretty but disasters happen in the foods fridge.

  • Reply
    Pre-Ramadan Personal Checklist (Free Printable) - YouthlyHub
    May 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    […] some serious cleaning right now. Clean up and organise your fridge, kitchen, bedroom and even entire apartment. It will keep you focused on fasting when the time […]

  • Reply
    Asbah
    May 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Haha my fridge needs a cleaning and i loved ur post!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.