Read the previous entry in this series Day 2: Your Choice or start at the beginning with the introduction: 5 Ways Clutter Costs.
Yes, the fridge is a decluttering project.
Obviously, there are all those unidentifiable science experiments lurking around which need to be tossed. Expired yogurt. Moldy cantaloupe. (I nearly cried.) But it is more than that.
Just what is clutter?
For me, clutter is anything that is not the way it is supposed to be. Or to put it another way. clutter is a state of affairs where something is not in line with my intentions, or the way I want things to be in my life. So, a pile of papers on a kitchen table is clutter--but not the same pile in a box designated for them. Anything without a home is clutter. Anything waiting for me to deal with it is clutter. Anything I am keeping "just in case" can be clutter--it depends on the case! (Though, probably, it is clutter--I'm just not ready to admit it yet.)
What counts as clutter is different for everyone--even, sometimes, when they live in the same house!
So, what is a messy, nasty fridge but a collection of failed intentions?
Ingredients for dinners we meant to make and didn't. Dinners we did eat--but didn't finish. Half-finished jars of spaghetti sauce--you know what I'm talking about.
Yesterday, I handled the overwhelm with a timer. That worked well for a relatively small job. But this one? This was not a small job. Easier, maybe. But not quick. A timer wouldn't work.
I decided to try another way--the strategy of small steps. I remember an article by Martha Beck where she talked about this. You want to clean out the closet but it is too big a job. Do just the first step, she advised. Make it so easy you can't refuse. Like, go open the closet door.
It's brilliant. Especially for a task like this where I don't have a lot of counter space for all the things. So, how was I going to clean the fridge?
One shelf at a time.
I started with the crisper drawers.
I did those and the top shelf before dinner.
After dinner, I tackled the remaining shelves, the door and the freezer. I had permission from myself to take a break--but when I was done the door, I was on a roll and just launched into the freezer.
So many black bananas.
Sorry about that kitchen floor. For some reason washing it is really complicated. But I did drag out the vacuum and gave those coils a quick once over.
So how do you tackle a fridge?
One bite at a time.
What are you working on, today? Are you doing your fridge or another big job? Would breaking it down into bite sized pieces help?
Read the next entry in this series Day 4: The Freezer
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