5 Steps to Marie Kondo Your Fridge

Photo credit: Kristy Wicks

Thrift stores across the country are experiencing a surge in donations, thanks to Marie Kondo. This Netflix phenomenon is making America consider quality over quantity. Most of the focus has been on our closets, though we visit our refrigerators twice as often, if not more.

We’re on a bit of a Spring Cleaning kick here at Ladles and Linens, and since the party’s always in the kitchen, let’s show it some love!

Step 1: The Wipe Down

You must start with a clean slate. Empty your fridge completely and wipe it down. If any spillage has hardened, tackle it with some dish soap and these Neat Nut Scour, which are textured but gentle on glass. 

Step 2: Retire the Expired

The more cluttered the fridge, the higher the chances you’re got fuzz growing on your marmalade. Toss out anything that’s expired. Don’t forget to recycle! When cleaning out bottles, keep your clothes dry and goop-free with this vintage-style smock apron.

Step 3: Divide and Conquer

Now that you’ve tossed away the suspects in the mystery refrigerator smell, organize what’s left. Keep your condiments in the door and your veggies in the crisper. And while refrigerators will always carve out space for your butter, sometimes you need a modification so the fridge fits your lifestyle. If you grow or buy fresh herbs, this miracle worker will extend their fridge life.

Step 4: Give it some space

Make sure that in the refrigerator, there’s a space for everything. If every area is designated for something, there can be no more dead spaces that collect clutter. Need a catch-all for your hard-boiled eggs, or crudite? 

Step 5: Freeze!

The freezer and fridge are a package deal. Once you’ve repeated steps 1-4 on the freezer, you’ll find you have a little extra space. Use it wisely. Keep sundry items that get lost in the freezer, like ice packs, eye masks and cocktail rocks, together in a container. I use the extra space to keep pint glasses lined upon the freezer door, because it’s nice to come home to a frosted glass of margaritas. And if you want to go next-level, here’s a treat for cocktail enthusiasts.

The Hashtag That's Giving Us All The Goals

 

Instagram: @raw_manda

You start with good intentions. You stack the cans and face them forward. But your schedule fills up and a month later, it looks like a family of raccoons moved into your pantry.

Satisfying is the best word to describe “pantry porn” - the hashtag on Instagram that’s giving us all of the goals. The chaos of the world melts way as you survey symmetrical rows of mason jars, filled with red lentil and walnuts. It’s earthy, but the benefits are space age. Gone is the threat of staleness, ants and disorder.

Khloe Kardashian's pantry. Photo courtesy of mamamia.com

It started with our closets. “If you don’t see it, you won’t wear it,” they said. And they were right. It’s the same with pantries. If you don’t see it, you won’t eat it. Also it will expire. There is satisfaction in seeing how livable you can make your home, and a big part of that, is maximizing space. Imagine a world where you can see all your spices.

Luckily these goals are achievable and don’t require a power drill, as a closet makeover would.

Ready for a dramatic sweep? Load up on these see-through, stackable containers and say goodbye to dented boxes and sticky bags of sugar.

Craving a high-end look? This container is a modern take on French Country.

While the above honeycomb design is pure cheer. 

A beautiful bin makes a good catch-all for things that simply must be in bags, like pretzel snacks and loaves of bread. 

One can ever have enough chip clips. Seal your snacks in style with these painted clothespin clips.

 

For cooks with an adventurous palate, your spices are a badge of honor. Keep them air-tight and easy to access with this Spice Carousel.

And COMING SOON.....Stackable POP Containers from OXO, new and improved!