Dumb Shit I Do

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January 10, 2011

As promised, here are my “after” pictures.

Clean cabinets, clean cupboards, organized kitchen

I can actually find stuff now and I don’t have anything from before 2007! It feels great to be able to actually locate something easily.

I didn’t show a before picture of my fridge but I did take one.

Here it is.

Messy fridge, unorganized refrigerator, messy kitchen, how can I organize my fridge? how often should I clean out my refrigerator?

It’s a mess. It’s unorganized and I couldn’t find anything I was looking for and if I did it was probably way past the date on the item.

Here it is after tossing everything that was past its date or otherwise unrecognizable.

Clean and organized refrigerator, neat refrigerator, organized fridge, when should I clean out my refrigerator?

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Last but not least, and I didn’t take a picture so you will all just have to take my word for it, I cleaned out the Tupperware cabinet. More than any other chore in my house I have been dreading the cleaning of the plastic container cabinet. In fact I haven’t organized it since I moved to this house 4 years ago. I threw away a whole grocery bag of lids. Why only lids? Because the actual containers are buried under two feet of snow in the backyard and I couldn’t get to them. I will have to throw them out in the spring when I finally take the couch and rug to the dump.

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  • Reply Pricilla January 11, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Congratulations! Do you hire out? My goat barn needs som serious organization and the publicist is useless.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      I’d love to, in the summer time when it’s a little warmer.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah January 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Hooooray! You did a GREAT JOB! Don’t you feel good about being all organized?

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      I do, I really do. I think I save a lot of time not looking for everything. I’m pretty sure my life in general will follow suit.

  • Reply cardiogirl January 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Hey is that the mongo jar of peanut butter from Costco? We buy the two-pack and each one is that size.

    My kids have taken at least 38% of my plastic bowls to use in the sandbox. GRRR! I have a ton of lids to purge. And because they use my bowls outside I no longer have Tupperware, I have that disposable Gladware instead.

    Hey is that a bowl of avocados in the fridge there? Are we supposed to store them in the fridge? I let them sit on the counter in a bowl with tomatoes. Guacamole station, loaded and ready for service.

    • Reply Mikewj January 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

      I love guacamole. Avocados, tomatoes, salt, freshly ground pepper and lemon juice. Is there anything better on earth?

      Let’s all head over to Jen’s and have a party. I’ll bring beer, if you’ll bring the chips.

      It’ll be great, too, because the kitchen’s all organized and ready for us to mess up.

      • Reply cardiogirl January 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

        Don’t forget the onion.

        I always have chips on hand; I’ll see you lunchtime.

      • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        You are forgetting garlic and jalapeño pepper, that makes it awesome. Don’t forget, I have warm chick beer. June, that’s when the party is.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      It is a mongo jar of Peanut Butter but it isn’t from Cosco. I got it at the grocery store, right before I found out my daughter is allergic to nuts so it will probably remain there for the next 10 years.

      I’m not sure about the avocados, but I like your idea. The only problem is I have very little counter space so nothing gets left out for show.

  • Reply Kim January 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I have been doing this with my master bedroom. Usually I start with the kids rooms and then never get to mine but this time I’m doing mine first!!! 🙂

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Luckily the bedrooms are really tiny so there isn’t room to let it get out of hand. My bedroom is probably the only room in the house that doesn’t need organizing. It could use an extra 10 or 20 square feet however.

  • Reply Unfinished Rambler January 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Very nicely done. That’s what I need to do with my office…well, the “after” photo. The “before” photo: It looks worse than that.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      I did my office over the winter break. I have stacks of things that need to be shredded now but I can easily walk around them.

  • Reply Rachele January 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    That reminds me it’s time to clean out the fridge again. I actually go through it about every two weeks. My pantry is another story and if you still have some motivation, my Tupperware/plastic container cabinet needs some serious help. hate that job. I have a bin for the lids but I swear I need to throw more than half away. Which ones? That’s the question I don’t have the energy to figure out.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Why is the plastic container cupboard so overwhelming? I see those commercials for those stackable containers that fit so nicely in the cupboards but I just KNOW that it won’t work that way if I brought them home.

  • Reply Margaret (nannygoats) January 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Good for you! I found a box of stuffing this week that expired in 2004. We didn’t even LIVE here in 2004. Which means I BROUGHT expired food with us when we last moved.

    I suck.

    • Reply redheadranting January 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      I have a lamb in my freezer from before 2006, that is as much as I know
      about because I took it from my father’s freezer after he died. Which is not
      to say that when he died the first thing I did was grab the lamb but when we
      moved everything when the house sold I wasn’t going to throw it away.
      Because my father kept things for decades, especially if they were frozen, I
      have no idea when he purchased and it could be from the 80s for all I know.
      So, yes, I brought expired food when I moved too.

      • Reply Mikewj January 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

        I love lamb.

        Just sayin’…

  • Reply Linda Medrano January 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Okay, I am officially impressed! Lovely! I wish mine looked like that.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      4 years Linda, that’s how long it took and how long it will probably be til I do it again.

  • Reply Katherine Murray January 12, 2011 at 2:27 am

    You go girl! Your fridge is WHITE though inside, even in the “before” picture… I’m jealous!

  • Reply Mikewj January 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Pasta, olives, peanut butter, green tea, filtered water, oranges, avocados and …. fake maple syrup? You can do better than that, Red.

    Nice job, though. Congratulations.

    • Reply redheadranting January 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      I love Fake Maple Syrup, in fact I’d be hard pressed to call it Fake. It certainly doesn’t taste like Maple syrup (which I do have somewhere). I only pull it out for special occasions like when we have bacon.

  • Reply babs (beetle) January 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Now that looks good! Will it last, I wonder?

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