Join me for my first month in the Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, where we get inspired to ACTUALLY try the projects, recipes, etc. that we pin! I’m working on spring cleaning my home and the first project on my list is organizing the refrigerator. I’m cleaning it out and whipping it into shape! Hopefully I can inspire you to do the same!
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Welcome to the February Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop! The purpose of this hop is to motivate us to not just hoard pins, but to make it happen! This month I’m taking part in the Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures, for the first time! I love the idea of inspiring each other to try the pins we save! I am so guilty of pinning like crazy, but then never making the time to try some of the pins.
If you have been following along with my blog posts, you should be fully aware that I am REALLY trying to work on my organization! Springtime is the best time to kick it up a notch if you have been slacking on cleaning and organizing since the new year! The first project on my spring cleaning list is organizing the refrigerator! Ugh! It’s embarrassing at how grungy it had gotten, and I don’t even remember the last time I cleaned it! I’m not one of those super clean freaks, but I certainly like things somewhat clean and picked up. I mean who doesn’t? I’d like to get a better system down to stay on top of my cleaning and being organized, so that it actually looks like my house is, clean and organized.
Getting organized is not easy for all of us. It can be totally overwhelming, but the refrigerator is a great place to start. It’s a small project and but a big accomplishment!
I saw the pin below on Pinterest, and was totally inspired to make my fridge looks something like it! The refrigerator looks so crisp, clean, and organized. Those clear plastic bins don’t make the fridge look cluttered because you can see through them. I’m all heart-eyes for those script font labels!!! What a cute little detail to make the fridge pretty and organized at the same time! I was all over that idea after seeing it. This image is from the Instagram account of Domino Magazine. (HERE is the pin for the image below.)
Organizing the Refrigerator with the Dollar Store
The first thing I did while organizing the refrigerator was to clean it out from top to bottom. I got rid of some very old condiments and consolidated food items into some of my glass food storage containers. I like glass because you don’t have to worry about microwaving or freezing them. The ones seen in the pictures are by Rubbermaid and are totally reasonably priced for such a large set!
I knew that I needed to complete this little project on a tight budget, so I bought my clear plastic bins and wire shelves at the Dollar Tree. The Container Store has a much larger selection of clear plastic containers, but that didn’t work for my budget. If you have a little more wiggle room in your budget, you can check them out HERE! However, Amazon has an AMAZING deal for a 6-piece set that you can see HERE! It’s a little more than what I paid, but it is WAY less than The Container Store!
In order to label the plastic bins, I used some Remarks alphabet stickers (sarah script and mumbo jumbo) that I already had. I also had these two white ceramic fruit baskets, and they fit perfectly in the plastic bin!
I also had the white ceramic egg holder, but it had never been functional before, because the eggs weren’t very secure without a bin. The egg holder fit perfectly inside the plastic bins from the Dollar Tree, so now I can finally use the egg holder without complaints from my husband!
The kids could never reach their drinks because we always placed them on the top shelf. I now realize that was ridiculous! The items belonging to your kids should be at their height (unless it’s something you don’t want them to have access to, like the Hershey’s syrup!) I labeled a bin in large print letters for the kids (mumbo jumbo stickers), and put it on the bottom shelf so that they could easily reach it. Everything is so much more easily accessible and organized now!
Below you can see how my refrigerator looked before I cleaned and organized it. The fridge was not functioning as well as it could have been, because we weren’t utilizing the space properly. If something isn’t working then change it! That is my new motto, so I got to work rearranging things. Many things are in completely different places now. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, so it will take a little getting used to, but I’m thrilled with the way that it turned out! I’m thinking of adding some labels to the drawers as well!
Organizing the Refrigerator with the Dollar Store
It may not look exactly like the Pinterest image, but it works for us! I’m all about taking baby steps toward a more organized home! If you liked this post, you will love my four-part series “The Ultimate Guide to Getting Organized!” You can read Part 1 (tame the paper clutter), Part 2 (empty space storage), Part 3 (kids organization ideas), or Part 4 (unique storage solutions) in any order. You will have your home organized in no time if you follow this series! I hope I’ve motivated you to pick a pin you’ve saved on PInterest and follow through with it! Come back next month as I challenge myself to complete another pin from Pinterest!
To join next month’s challenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ March Pinterest Challenge
Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Chelsea – Making Manzanita