with the spring holidays almost upon us, you might want to take this organiaing challenge on this year. Your fridge will thank you and you’ll just love coming home to one less thing to think about!
by Helena Tosello
Now’s the perfect time to spring clean your fridge
Planning for a trip is hard work but half the fun as you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labour. Think of spring cleaning your kitchen the same way – a few tasks that will take some effort and planning but that you will enjoy down the track. Especially when returning home, hungry and tired at the end of a family holiday. A clean tidy house is like a soothing balm in those trying circumstances.
One week before your departure take stock of what you have and plan meals to use up any fresh items, leftovers or random ingredients. Freeze whatever you can (overripe fruit, leftovers from meals in the last two days). Throw away anything already beyond its usefulness and give away anything that you won’t be able to use in time.
Be realistic. Are you really going to make that exotic Thai green curry that still require you purchase kaffir lime leaves and fresh ginger root? If the answer is no, then give away most or that entire bunch of coriander, or make some pesto and freeze it.
As sections of the fridge become bare, move items to other areas and clean just that one section. This can be done in just 5 minutes while you wait for the kettle to boil and your cup of tea to steep. Some plastic shelves, covers, inserts in fridge doors can be removed completely and washed in soapy water or the dishwasher.
Take the opportunity to remove condiment bottles and jars and wipe the holders and shelves AND the bottom of the bottle/jar before you replace it. Take a moment to decide whether to rearrange items. Wipe down the door seals to improve/maintain the energy efficiency of your fridge.
After a couple days of this sort of spot cleaning, enough of your fridge will be clean enough to inspire you to clean the rest of it. I even did my freezer drawers last summer holidays!
Ensure that on the day of departure you allow time for any last dishes to be washed, dried and put away and for the bins to be emptied. That way when you returned refreshed from your holiday – even after a horror flight or car trip – you’ll arrive in a clean, orderly, refreshed home environment easing your way back into the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Helena is a mum in the middle of everything trying to regain the centre stage of her own life. She lives in inner west Sydney with two boys and a fly in-fly out husband. She enjoys coffee with friends, being organised, researching, sharing, and working on her fledging blog. You can follow her at schoolsavvymum.wordpress.com www..facebook.com/SchoolSavvyMum