Cleaning & Organizing the Fridge

We're home after nearly a month away for a vacation, some work, and general get-me-the-heck-out-of-this-heat. I'll spare you every last detail of the trip except to say that it involved a lot of lobster, tons of fresh tomatoes, and more blueberries than I can count. In a word, it was perfect.

Because we really hate to have a mess around the Hive, we unpacked the night we got home...after a 12 hour drive. It was kind of nutty, but made transitioning back into real life a little easier. The only thing we really needed to do to get back into the swing of things was to hit up the grocery store for a bank-breaking shopping trip since we came home to a nearly empty fridge.

The silver lining in our empty fridge situation is that it gave me the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning. I removed all the food, threw away anything that was past its expiration date, was growing something funky, or that we hadn't used in a while. I took out all of the shelves, cleaned their tops and bottoms with Seventh Generation anti-bacterial cleaner, and then wiped down the walls of the fridge with the same. (Isn't it amazing how onion peels get everywhere?) Then I delineated each area of the fridge into sections and put all the food in its proper section.
We have baskets for the bottom shelf to keep produce tidy so it doesn't go forgotten and uneaten. On the left are onions and potatoes, apples in the middle so they don't spoil the other fruit in the drawer, and lettuce on the right. What do you do to keep your fridge organized?

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  1. Anonymous9/13/2010

    I eat out.

  2. Anonymous9/15/2010

    I'm quite surprised that you seem to put almost everything in the fridge. I never put things like tomatoes, potatoes, apples, lemons or onions in the fridge. I just put them in a small basket or a fruit bowl in my kitchen and they're absolutely fine with it. Same with the maple syrup. It keeps forever that way. You safe a lot of money that way too, cause your fridge doesn't need that much electricity because it deosn't have to chill that much food.

  3. Thanks for the tip. I keep tomatoes on the counter since they get mealy in the fridge, but our house is so humid that onions and potatoes sprout before we use them so we have to keep them in the fridge. I also like very crisp fruit, which is why it's all in the fridge (much to S's chagrin!)


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