MICROBLOG: Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day


I was today years old when I found out that November 15th is National Clean your Refrigerator Day. Ooops. In true 2020 spirit, here we are, celebrating 5 days late. Sigh.

PSA: If November 15th does not fall on a trash day for your neighborhood, reschedule your celebration of this holiday to avoid attracting unwanted critters and smells to the vicinity of your house. 

Here are 5 simple steps to cleaning out the fridge. 

  1. Start by clearing all the expired stuff – this can be time consuming because some genius decided to put the expiration date on a different spot of EVERY. SINGLE. FOOD. ITEM. so half of your time is just looking for the date. I also enjoy making it a competition to see what is the oldest item in the fridge and proudly announcing it to the whole house like I’ve won some award.
  2. Next remove all the food items and drawers/trays– take the drawers to the bathtub and scrub with your favorite multipurpose or dish soap cleaner. I find it so much easier to wash the drawers in the bath tub and it creates less of a mess around my kitchen sink. 
  3. Wipe the Surfaces inside the Fridge– use some rubber gloves not only to protect your skin from any chemicals but also to save your fingers from frostbite.
  4. Create a system that works for your family as you add stuff back to your refrigerator. For example, put all the leftovers on one shelf or make the kiddos a special shelf for their snacks so they know their options and have a little independence when accessing. Pro Tip: If you really want to organize, run to the dollar store and grab a couple of plastic baskets to sort items (thank you Home Edit, Episode 7 for the idea). It’s crazy what a huge difference this makes and how much it helps when unloading groceries or cleaning out the refrigerator in the future.
  5. Grab a small open container and put a spoonful of baking soda. This helps prevent any bad odors from creeping up in your fridge.
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Madison O
Madison is a Texas A&M Graduate who is beginning her 6th year as a Technical Theatre teacher and 3rd year at Gregory-Portland High School. She and her wife moved to the coastal bend to be closer to family as they began the fertility process to grow their family. Madison and her wife were thrilled to welcome their daughter, Amelia, to the family in May via Reciprocal IVF. Madison has also begun working toward her Masters degree in Educational Administration at TAMUCC (gotta keep it in the Aggie family!) Talk about one busy mama! Madison enjoys time outside and has always loved to write for her own personal blog in her free time. She is so excited to start this new adventure of motherhood and to be joining the wonderful community of Corpus Christi Moms on the blog!