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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Month

Just in time for all that leftover food at Thanksgiving! When we think of cleaning out, we focus on closets, drawers, and garages -- and often overlook the REFRIGERATOR. How many unrecognizable items do you have living in your fridge? I know, it's frugal to save leftovers. But only if you actually USE them -- otherwise, they are nothing but food clutter (and a potential health hazard!) Do something that might save your life this month and give it the old "once over." And be sure to check those condiments carefully -- I know mustard has a lot of preservatives in it, but it's not indestructible!

Some Practical Organizing Tips...

Most foods do have a SHELF-LIFE -- even if they seem to last longer than that. Generally, you want to toss anything that's been around longer than A YEAR. Some items -- like grains and spices -- should only be kept for about 6 months.
While you're working on the fridge, you may want to tackle the PANTRY as well. Be especially careful of anything with oils in it -- nuts, peanut butter, vegetable shortening and bottled oils can go bad very quickly without you even realizing it.
If you find canned or boxed foods that haven't been opened, why not think about donating them to your locale food BANK. These organizations accept non-perishable items for distribution to shelters and social service agencies in their area.

Do-It-Yourself Solutions...

Get Organized Newsletter
Check out past issues for tips on keeping your kitchen in order

Clickable Home
Follow the links for kitchen and refrigerator organizing tips

Organizers Toolbox
Checklists and tip sheets to help you stay on top of kitchen chores

Before-And-After Photos
See how these actual kitchens (and other rooms) were organized

Do You Need To Get Organized?
Take this quick quiz to see if your kitchen (and home) need a little help

What Is Your Time Worth?
Find out how much of your time is wasted by a disorganized kitchen

What Are You Doing To Get Organized?
Share your kitchen organizing strategies and techniques with others

The Latest Organizing Products
"Do-it-yourself" tools to help you take control of your kitchen (and more)

Useful Website Links...

America's Second Harvest
A non-profit group that maintains a list of food banks around the country

Cleaning Up The Office Refrigerator
Horror stories, a food safety quiz, and tips for an office policy on fridge use

Food Shelf Life Recommendations
A comprehensive guide for how long you should keep "non-perishable" foods

Freezer And Refrigerator Safety
This PDF file tells you how to keep food safe when the power goes out

How To Donate Food To A Soup Kitchen
Guide to donating food items to aid the hungry, during the holidays and all year

Organize Your Freezer
Get your freezer in shape for stocking up and cooking-ahead projects

Refrigerator 101
It's never too late to maximize your fridge's potential -- keep it clean and safe

Refrigerator Care
Once you've cleaned out the fridge, check these tips to make sure it will run safely

Refrigerator Rescue
Simple solutions for keeping your fridge fresh, clean and well-stocked

Spring Cleaning The Fridge
A pop quiz and some interesting facts and figures on food storage safety

Strange Sightings In Your Refrigerator
A fun page including some truly terrifying stories of refrigerators running amok

When To Throw Away Those Things
The Gourmet Sleuth advises you when it's time to toss what's living in your fridge

Winning The Good Fight Against The Refrigerator
Details the biological horrors one woman faced while cleaning the fridge

Your Frugal Freezer
Sensible tips for frozen food storage to maximize your savings

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