30-day Cleaning Challenge day 18

Hello again! Welcome to day 18 of our 30-day cleaning challenge. The idea is to clean a different area of your house for just 20 minutes a day and thus avoid the Saturday (or Sunday) clean-a-thon. If you’ve just joined us, click here to start your 30-day cleaning challenge.

Today’s task is:

Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry

I can’t remember the last time my fridge got a good cleaning. Today just happened to coincide with grocery shopping day (and meal planning). This is what my fridge looked like

30-day cleaning challenge-day 18

Pretty full, right?  I wanted to see exactly how much food we already had before I bought any more. So I took everything out of it and put it on the kitchen counter.

 wanted to see exactly how much food we already had before I bought any more.

That’s quite a lot of food – and I haven’t even got to the pantry yet.

So I made a list of everything I had on hand from the fridge, the pantry and the freezer, and tried to match up some meals – list of food on the left, possible meals on the right

Then I made a list of everything I had on hand from the fridge, the pantry and the freezer, and tried to match up some meals – list of food on the left, possible meals on the right

 

I managed to find 8 suppers, 2 weeks’ worth of breakfasts and a couple of lunches. That’s a LOT of savings. For more on meal planning, click here.
Before I put everything back into the fridge, I gave it a quick clean
How to clean your fridge
And threw some dubious-looking stuff out
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And gained back some containers

30-day cleaning challenge-clean your fridge

 

Lastly, I moved some fridge shelves around so everything would fit properly and put all the food back.

Clean Your house in 20 minutes a day

Much better!

A few months ago, I reorganized my entire pantry (an Ikea hack), which you can read about here. And then I had to do some tweaking to suit my needs. Click here to read about that. I’ve managed to keep it pretty well organized. I ended up just having to wipe the glass doors to removed toddler finger-prints! 🙂

See you tomorrow!

 

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30-Day Cleaning Challenge: 20 Minutes a Day – Day 18

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