Yep. That's my fridge.Ok, be honest. Are you a little bit afraid every time you open your refrigerator? I won't lie -- I'm pretty terrified at what's lurking inside mine. I'm way overdue for a good spring cleaning of my fridge -- and I'll honestly be lucky if some of its contents don't get up and walk right out my front door.
Every single time I clean my fridge out from top to bottom and wipe down the shelves and get it all sparkly shiny, I vow to never let it pile up with unused food and containers full of leftovers again. But somewhere in between work, spending time with my family, and running countless errands, it always winds up looking like something out of a horror movie.
Don't believe me? Then take a good look at this photo -- because that's my own fridge pictured.
And no, you're eyes aren't fooling you. There's a leftover pizza box from last weekend in there & a bottle of wine that seriously needs to be finished. (I'll get right on that later.) But don't ask me what's in the Ziploc bag sticking out of the deli drawer -- because I have no idea what's in there.
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Believe it or not though, when I do clean my fridge, I'm actually pretty good at it. Come to think of it, I think I'll give it a good emptying this weekend for sure.
That being said, Here are 6 tips for how to clean out and organize your refrigerator to avoid it becoming a bottomless pit.
Image via Mary Fischer
If you have a habit of storing leftover food in containers or plastic bags, make sure to write the date of when the food was cooked on them before putting them in the fridge. And if you aren't sure exactly how long ago something was put in there -- throw it out immediately.