Day 13 - Fall Sweep : Do a 20 Minute Fridge, Freezer and Pantry Sweep

declutter your fridge declutter your pantry

There’s a category of cleaning I have begun to call “procrastinated chores." They’re those tasks we put off for way too long because we think they’re going to take forever when they really only take two minutes, in real life. Doing the dishes is like that, and so is breaking down boxes for the recycling. Truly, you could play Bohemian Rhapsody (the song, not the film), do the chore, and still probably be done in time for headbanging.

Now that you have that song rolling around in your head (you're welcome!), cleaning out the fridge is like that, too. In just 20 minutes you could have the spacious, clean and clear fridge of your dreams—you just have to start.

declutter your fridge

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Do a 20-minute decluttering sweep of the fridge, freezer, and pantry.

 For this assignment, the laundry basket method is probably not the best strategy,t because your food storage is pretty centrally located and most things are probably destined for the trash.

First, bring your trash can or a garbage bag close to the refrigerator, start a 20-minute timer, and spend your first chunk of time sorting through the fridge and freezer for things you no longer need or that resemble science experiments!

Fridge

  • expired condiments
  • mystery leftovers
  • anything really old and unlikely to be used
  • anything you have multiples of
  • anything you tried and didn’t like

Freezer

  • anything freezer burned
  • anything really old and unlikely to be used
  • anything you have multiples of
  • ice trays or frozen tools that aren’t being used 

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Then, if there’s time, head towards your pantry, cabinet, or wherever you keep your dry food goods. Bring the trash can with you, but also grab a box or grocery bag where you can collect food (like canned goods) that can be donated.Pantry
  • expired condiments
  • unneeded canned goods
  • old, stale food
  • anything you have multiples of
  • anything you tried and didn’t like

Take out the trash, set aside your donations for a food bank, and enjoy your enviously empty new spaces.

Here's mine :)

declutter your pantry

And don’t forget:

Clear three things from your monster zone.

 


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