How to Keep Your Fridge Squeaky Clean

From dripping leftovers to forgotten lettuce from months back, there are likely a few things in your refrigerator that could use your attention. Here are a few simple ways to keep your fridge clean once and for all.

  1. Clear everything out. Start by going through the contents of your fridge and throwing away anything that’s past its expiration date. Leave everything on the counter until you’re done cleaning inside.
  2. Unplug. Unplug the refrigerator from the wall so that you can leave the door open while you clean without wasting energy.
  3. Clean inside drawers. Remove the drawers and rinse them out in the sink or bathtub. Use warm, soapy water to remove germs.
  4. Wipe the shelves. Using a spray bottle of multipurpose cleaner, wipe down all of the shelves and walls inside. You may even be able to slide the shelves out for easier access, depending on the model of refrigerator.
  5. Clean under jars. Before putting the food back in the refrigerator, be sure to check the bottoms for any grime or leaks. Wipe them off so that they don’t dirty your now-clean fridge.

How To Clean the Refrigerator [The Kitchn]
Refrigerator-Cleaning Tips [HGTV]
How Should I Clean My Refrigerator? [Cleanipedia]

DIY Storage Solutions for Mail, Memos and Other Common Paper Clutter

If you’re constantly combating paper clutter, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few simple solutions that will help stop that mess once and for all. All it takes is a bit of smart organizing and some DIY ingenuity to create a designated space for all of your memos, mail, magazines, and everything in between. Here are three projects to help you get started!

Vertical Paper Holders [scrapendipity.blogspot.com]
Office supplies can be quite costly if you purchase them new, so instead of investing in vertical paper holders for all of your work or school documents, create your own using only recycled cardboard boxes and a bit of paint. This simple tutorial shows you how to cut and fold leftover cardboard into a professional-looking paper holder.

Shanty Memo Frame [shanty-2-chic.com]
While the standard cork board is undeniably handy, it’s not exactly the most attractive type of wall art. If you want to create something that’s just as functional but a bit more stylish, this fun and easy tutorial will show you how to create a memo frame out of an old frame, sturdy twine, and whatever embellishments strike your fancy.

Decorative Burlap Memo Board [beneathmyheart.net]
Make the most of that unused space behind your desk by crafting this DIY burlap memo board. Just measure the space beforehand to create a custom-sized board.

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