8.26.2010

{ needing sanity }

I need to be more organized.

Organization=Sanity.

In my mind, at least.

I'm scouring the internet for ideas.
If you have one, please let me know.
For ideas that I do find, I will share them with you.
And I will call my little mini-series:
Without the aid of Google, I do have a little secret that I want to share. It has calmed the chaos of what used to be known as:

Let me share something I have found to be super helpful, and no, you may not laugh. Like my family did. At me.

Let me set the scene for you:

It's Saturday. You have just spent a billion dollars on groceries at you local Grocery Mart {I made that store name up}, to feed your children who seem to eat as much as 300 pound football players. After wrestling with the crowds and the kids, you plop down on the couch the minute you walk in that door.

And then remember you must unload the vehicle transporting the vast amount of food that could feed a small army.

{valuable newlywed information alert}
But this is why we have kids:
You recruit hubby and kids to unload and put groceries away.

5 hours later, when you go to make dinner, you have NO CLUE where anything is.

As you dig past the milk, orange juice, grapes, eggs, jam, sausage, shredded cheese, hot dogs and yogurt, you begin the interrogation of family members to find out where the heck the sour cream ended up at.

And you then realized you have pulled out the entire contents of the fridge for one measly little bucket that was hidden under the bag of carrots.

My solution:

Designate every shelf in the fridge for a specific group of items.

And then LABEL them.

Oh, yes. I said label.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much more organized my fridge stays. One less chaotic thing in my life is such a relief, I tell you what! How many times have you stored Leftovers, only to discover them 6 weeks later {when you're pulling everything out to find the sour cream}? Well if you have a clearly labeled Leftovers Shelf{s}, you know what you have before it goes bad. And you know exactly how long those beans in the Tupperware have been in the fridge, and are able to toss them before they ferment.

It also has helped me keep my fridge wiped down, because there is less junk in there. Before I go shopping, I go through and toss what I need to and wipe down the shelves.

Easy.

Here's what it looks like right this minute. I did not clean it prior to pulling out the camera. {And yes I am *painfully* aware that we are out of milk and that we need to go grocery shopping. This is what happens when it's almost the weekend.}

I printed out the words on regular paper, the taped them to the underside of the shelves or bins.

A free solution for an annoying problem...

Mr. Smith now knows where I want everything to go. I have learned the hard way that he doesn't read minds... :(

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stay sane!
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xoxo
jordan

4 post a comment :

Jess said...

Never thought to do that in my fridge!! Although I did it my pantry. Boy does it help the pantry process! Thanks for the advice! :)

iamwoman said...

GENIUS!!!!!

Sarah loves it all said...

I'm so glad you stopped by!! Thank you for the compliment! I've sort of been out as well. (mainly just posting rather than blog hopping.) I think I'll be back now and I'm looking forward to your posts. I too need to get my LIFE IN ORDER!

Lori said...

OMG..."ghetto labels" FOR THE WIN! I absolutely MUST do this! I could relate SO well to this post! LOL

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