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Refrigerator Clutter

by Nikki Willhite

A few years ago, I went with a group of other women to help clean up a neighbor's house. I was assigned the task of cleaning the refrigerator.

When I opened the door to the refrigerator, I knew this was not going to be an easy job. The refrigerator was crammed full of food, and most of it was leftovers. It wasn't pretty. They smelled bad, and they had green stuff growing on top of them. Most of them were in bowls, with plastic wrap hanging down the side. Needless to say, I threw them all out.

If we are not careful, our refrigerators can get out of control. If we put leftovers in the refrigerator and forget about them, not only are we are wasting a lot of money, but before you know it, our refrigerator is a mess.

My husband and I have developed a system for our leftovers. You don't have to pay money for storage containers for leftovers, but we decided our system would work better if we could see into our containers. So we invested in a group of plastic and glass containers, called "snappies."

My husband puts his leftovers in the glass containers, and I put mine in the plastic ones which I prefer because they are easier to open and shut.  We separate our food, because I prefer to eat as little meat as possible, while my husband eats a lot of it. We eat the same foods, he just adds meat to his meal.

Another thing we use our snappies for is our vegetables.  After our shopping trip, the vegetables are washed, cut up, and placed in the snappies.  Eating raw vegetables is healthy, and you are more prone to eat them if you make it easy to both find and grab them.

I would compare our refrigerator organization to closet organization. Everything has a place. Snappies stack on top of each other, are kept in the same general place.  This gives the refrigerator a much neater appearance and it is very easy to find our food. 

Keeping your refrigerator organized is a frugal thing to do. Why clip coupons and save a few pennies if you are going to throw dollars in the trash?

Organization almost always leads to saving money. Take charge of those leftovers.  Know where they are, and how to use them in creative ways to make new meals.  If you don't use your leftovers, you are wasting money.  If you store your leftovers and don't use them, they become very expensive clutter.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!


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