Saturday, February 11, 2012

Getting Organized for Next Week

Don't you love Saturdays? This is the day to get prepared and organized for the coming week. And usually we NEED this time for just that.

Today (Saturday) we're going to do a little house cleaning (change and wash bed linens, iron a few shirts, do some dusting and vacuuming, and clean out the fridge) and then do some shopping. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? But with Jeanne's "Give Me 20 Minutes" approach (see yesterday's post), it'll pretty much get done.

Of all on the above list, we think one of the most important chores is cleaning out the fridge. Because we need to do some grocery shopping, we need to know what we already have. And the only way to accurately know this is to clean out the fridge. Too many times we just run to the store and hope we remember what we need. And too many times we come home with stuff we already have plenty of! (It was hiding behind the leftovers on the 2nd shelf or buried under slimy produce in the crisper drawer, or...) You know the story.

So later today we'll empty out the fridge--wiping down the walls, shelves, drawers, etc. with our favorite disinfectant spray that we make:
  • 1 quart water
  • 25 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3-5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
There's no science to this concoction, so make it to please your nose (you'll adjust the amounts of essential oils). Just be sure to use the grapefruit seed extract--it's much more powerful than Clorox or other bleach and is non-toxic. Alice puts this extract in her morning green smoothies, that's how safe it is.

Then we go through everything we pulled out, hunting for the moldy, slimy, dead stuff (and dang, there usually is some). We combine dibs and dabs of this and that to save space. We toss things that have proven they just aren't used enough to merit space (the 9 month old Wasabi sauce is a good example). Then we reload the fridge, grouping and storing like items together. All leftovers go in one place, all dairy is grouped together and goes in one place, and so on. We think fridges serve us better if there's rhyme and reason as to how they're stocked.

NOW we can see what it is we are out of, what we have plenty of, and plan accordingly. The shopping goes so much easier and being organized feels so good! Do you have tips on how to clean or organize the fridge? We'd love to hear them, so please share. Meanwhile, here's to family dinner made easy as we get the 'ol fridge cleaned out and ready for a new week!

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