Thoughts While Cleaning the Refrigerator


Hi friends! Yesterday afternoon I tackled my big refrigerator by taking it all apart to wash the pieces and parts. Yes, I've been wiping and Windexing inside for the past year but it was time for a true breakdown and scrub. Let's be honest too - it's so hot that the refrigerator is a pretty pleasant place to be right now!

light and bright kitchen with Sherwin Williams Watery on the island.


I just enjoyed it so much! There was good music on the stereo and a cup of afternoon coffee for me to drink.   In the fridge, I removed bottle after bottle of various condiments. Why do we have this Asian hot sauce, I wondered. We need more mayonnaise...put that on the list. Why on earth are there two empty butter boxes in here?

You know, these are the important questions we ask ourselves sometimes.

There were internal talks with myself about the expensive salsa I bought at the farmer's market. I'm a sucker for those nice people at the farmer's market who are brave enough to take their own recipes and go into business. When I get home from the farmer's market though, I always wonder if $7 is a fair price for salsa or if I'm just a sap for a friendly smile on our town square. I'm pretty sure they see me coming!

#throwkindnesslikeconfetti





Back in the fridge, I tackled the puzzling tracks that make the drawers slide in and out and wondered how on earth those celery leaves get into the parts that I can't get to! 

And why does it seem like just yesterday that I bought that cheese but it's already moldy and expired?

And why doesn't anybody else in the family see that pink goo that's spilled on the shelf?

kitchen vignettes with art and fruit. still life.


There are times that tasks like this can make me cranky but not this time. It's all in how you look at things like this and today, I'm just grateful for all we have and love.

Hope you have a very happy Monday!

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41 comments

  1. I'm thinking this could be a series..."Thoughts While Cleaning the _____!" Love this and when I am wiping the shelves and purging the crazy outdated, the leftovers and weird we're never gonna eat stuff, My mind wonders many the same questions. Especially why doesn't anyone else see the spills snd gunk? LOL! Love your grateful heart and positive attitude my sweet friend!

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  2. Such a great post. I love how our minds can wander as we do our tasks each day. You do have such a grateful attitude and that is what really counts.

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  3. I love this post!! I go through the same self talk when cleaning something and thank you for reminding me that I really need to tackle my fridge too!

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  4. Lovely kitchen! On the hunt for a large fridge like yours. Clicked on your link to your home tour, but didn't see a brand or model name. Would love if you could share it. Thank you!

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  5. It is the jars of things that we only needed 1 cup of, for some recipe or other, and now we're stuck with the jar and it's getting close to its best before date... so many jars and bottles! I think it may be time for a good clean out of my fridge as well. -Jenn

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  6. I love that this post came up with Blessings at the top...how neat! And this is the kind of chore I enjoy. I like getting organized....oh and I always wonder how long it's been since someone at at pickle! hahaha! Love that cute kitchen towel about kindness! Hugs! (let me know if you make the pizza on the grill!)

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  7. Very cute post Stacey, but ugh, now I have to clean my fridge :)
    Jenna

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  8. Hm, yes. Good questions to ponder. But darn! I may have to go clean mine now. Lol.
    :) Cecilia

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  9. Kudos for tackling the big job. I always wonder who messes this up. It always feels great to lean it and have it organized again.

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  10. Love this post! You enjoyed yourself while doing what could be considered a drudgery. There are so many chores to do in this house and I may employ your blessings gathering while I do them! Is your refrigerator a double or refrigerator and freezer?

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  11. Tackled mine frig before our family beach vacation and of course when I returned I said, "We have nothing to eat". LOL! Your frig is huge! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. What a fun post Stacey. I do a general wipe down just before grocery shopping each week, and check for things expired. But, only do a true deep clean 3-4 times a year.

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  13. Like LKJ, I go the wipe down often...but it is time for a deep cleaning. I heard somewhere if your veggies or cheeses ruined to quickly, it was most likely due to something going on in the fridge and it needed a good cleaning....guess I'll do that.....tomorrow....:)

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  14. Hi Stacey. It is amazing how cleaning can open up your mind to wander and think on things. I have some bottles of things in my refrig too that hmmmm when did I buy this and for what reason. I enjoyed your humor coming through your post too. Have a great new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  15. Stacey, I'm happy to know I am not the only person that thinks while cleaning.

    Friends and family think I'm a nut because I find cleaning rewarding and not a chore.

    I have asked myself similar questions when cleaning the refrigerator.

    I also seem to come up with projects while falling asleep. I don't know why but I get many ideas while drifting off.

    Cindy

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  16. Cleaning is a meditation for me...mostly because when I start everyone else runs away from the work and the house is empty! Teenagers. ☺️ I loved reading what was going through your head, because I think I've asked myself those exact same questions when cleaning out my own fridge. Especially the "how did no-one else see this?" Ha! Enjoy your sparkling fridge!

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  17. Stacey,
    Do you hire out? My refrigerator needs a thorough cleaning, but I just don't have the energy. LOL I used to clean my mother's refrigerator for her when I visited. I was always amazed at how much she could pack into that refrigerator. And I was also amazed at hard it was to get the glass shelf unstuck from the drawer underneath because something liquid had spilled and sealed them together. It was always a great feeling when I was finished, and the refrigerator was sparkling clean with only fresh ingredients inside. When my mother was younger her refrigerator was always spotless, but in her 80s she was not able to keep it as clean as she liked.

    Judith

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  18. I love cleaning! I have been using grove cleaning products and my house smells so good! and the products are so natural. I love your kitchen its just so gorgeous and very clean!

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    1. I LOVE Grove, and I've gotten a lot of family and friends to join up!

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  19. This has got me motivated to really get mine cleaned out. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This post made me smile. The fridge is DEFINITELY a nice place to be right now! ;-) And, I love cleaning as it helps me think clearly, too!

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  21. This reminds me of Deep Thoughts on SNL! Lol! I have those talks with myself too. :) I clean out my fridge and think...where in the world did we get this? And how long has THAT been in here? So funny! And yes, I think they see me coming at the Farmer's Market too...I currently have some very expensive honey in my house. ;)

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  22. Hello Stacey, I just had to tackle our refrigerator with the outbreak of chiggers and they were even in the refrig!!! But, it is nice when the shelves are sparkling clean and the vegetable drawers aren't gobbed with goo, as you were saying.

    Fun topic for the day!
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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  23. Excellent post, Stacey! Relevant in so many ways. Forgetting what's going on in the fridge is a metaphor in a way when it comes to our lives.

    Practical wise--put a label on condiments indicating the day you opened them. They usually only last a few days after. As far as the products you buy at the farmer's markets, heck yeah the prices should be higher!!!! None of these products are massed produced. Nor can the folks afford/or want to hire workers to harvest their fruits and veggies. I remember making 16 jars of salsa last summer with a gob of tomatoes I was given. It took hours--I lost count!!!!

    Finally, I do love cleaning and I relax when feeling everything is coming together. Another metaphor, of course! :)

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  24. I have to really be in the mood to do tasks like this and I have to plan on doing them in advance..... Not my favorite task! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs.
    Debbie

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  25. It is What you like to do when it is hot....O my....it is also too hot in Holland...we doing not much these days only relaxing sitting outside in the shadow...no cleanig work for me right now our house is a mess....but we enjoying and have vacation....next week work again...and than i Will start cleaning things little by little ...have a nice day love Ria x ☀️☀️☀️

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  26. I love this post Stacey, I guess because I can totally relate. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  27. This was so cute Stacey! I so need to clean my refrigerator too. What products do you recommend?

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  28. I agree with Andrea Nine about a series ...Thoughts While Cleaning ____.
    It is amazing how quickly the bottles of stuff can pile up. My husband is the king of buying all those things to try and then they pile up. Yikes.
    You know sometimes the most mundane tasks do really remind of how blessed we are.

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  29. I have to say you have inspired me to tackle my own refrigerator...It certainly needs ...This is the perfect attitude adjustment..

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  30. Stacey sometimes I also want to complain about the contents in my fridge, but then I catch myself and say "thank goodness it is full". I know many people cannot say that these days and so I am always grateful.

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  31. I wonder about this kind of thing all the time! I find that cleaning in general often brings up questions of "where did this come from?", "when's the last time anyone touched this?", "why do we keep this?", and the ever present "why am I the only one that notices..."

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  32. I literally just did this and had the same kind of thought process! I cleaned out things that had long expired and washed the shelves and all that. I even had a jar of salsa that I found stuff growing in- yuck! I felt good about doing it especially since I have some family coming to visit.

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  33. Stacey, I do love 'fiddling' like that, especially with good music and a cup of tea. It's nice to start a project, finish it and be able to sit back and see the big picture. Especially, when it's in a beautiful kitchen like you have. And true...it's all about our frame of mind...thankful for the fridge that needs to be cleaned!

    Have a wonderful day my friend,

    Hugs, Lynn

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  34. I love your fridge thoughts. I have to confess, I've had a couple of those lately myself. And also a fear of what I might find if I dig too deeply!

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  35. Dust... hair... how on earth do those things make their way into the fridge??? Maybe it's just my fridge LOL! Your kitchen is gorgeous! And yes, $7 is too much for salsa.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  36. Your home is lovely, as well as your warm spirit! There is nothing like a spotless kitchen, fridge and pantry. If only it would stay that way, right? ha! I keep all of the counters cleared off and a clean sink, doing just that much feels good. Yes, the fridge and stove are a task, but can be therapeutic and rewarding when super clean. My stove is way overdue, the fridge will be tackled next month. Enjoyed the post, love your site!

    Lori Jo - "50 With Flair" - "Find Your Flair, Be You!"
    www.50withflair.com

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  37. I need to do this! I never seem to get beyond one drawer or shelf at a time. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. You make cleaning the refrigerator fun! I am getting a little motivated to clean ours too.

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  39. 40 comments says you have great thoughts while cleaning the fridge! Yes, how does anyone NOT see the gooey mess in the back of the fridge. Drives me crazy! Wouldn't change the crazy! laura

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