Last week, you cleaned the door of your refrigerator. Today, clean through the interior of the fridge (but not the freezer, we’ll do that another day).
First, pull everything off the shelves. Wash the shelves. Now, turn to the items you have on your counter.
Toss anything that has expired or any leftovers that haven’t been consumed after a few days. Did the food go bad because it got pushed behind other food? Can you designate a shelf or part of a shelf for leftovers and then remind everyone in the house to go looking there when they are looking for something to eat?
Return the food to the refrigerator, possibly rearranging where some things are kept. If you have healthy snack options in here, put them someplace where you and your family will notice them when you open the door.
Next, pull out and clean the fruit and vegetable bins and any drawers. If food went bad in these drawers, do you purchase more perishable items than you eat?
This may take longer than 15-minutes, so you may need to do the shelves one day and save the drawers and bins for another time. You may even be able to clean out the bins when you are cooking dinner and need to keep an eye on the store.
Get in the habit, once a week, of checking for old leftovers and food that has gone bad (or notice that you need to use it before it starts decomposing).
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.