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The Best Time to Clean Your Fridge

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by Robin

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I’ve been struggling with blogging lately. There was a time I truly enjoyed it. I was excited to share ideas.  I love sharing!  I love ideas!
But, I’ve been feeling differently lately. Part of it is my life stage – I am a working mom, with 2 young kids, plus I am a caregiver for an aging parent. I am sandwiched and my plate is full.  The time (and energy) to blog is scarce. 
But also, something’s changed about blogging. It feels less about sharing and more about competition. It feels like there’s an expectation of perfection. Photos with perfect light balance in perfect on trend rooms with perfect children with no ketchup on their faces.  My life doesn’t look like that – is it still worth sharing at all?

Also, sharing a single tip that works for a real mom is no longer seems enough. It’s got to be: “THE BEST 57 tips that will change your life (…# 5 will astound you!)”.  Ugh.  I don’t even have the energy to read all that, let alone write it.

I just can’t do it. I’m far from perfect and to be honest, I think if I pretend to be it does other real moms a disservice. “How does she do it?  Why can’t I be that perfect with everything?  Am I the only one?”
So. Here’s me being braver than I normally am. Here’s just one tip. It won’t change your life, not even close, but it’s real and doable. Here’s my unedited photos of it too. 
So finally, the tip:
The best time to clean your fridge is… when you can’t wait any longer before going for groceries.  That baby’s empty.  If someone doesn’t shop, supper tonight will be margarine on jarred red peppers with a baking soda sauce.

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When it’s this empty, it’s just plain easier to shift the few measly
containers around while you drag out the shelves and wash them in a sink
of warm soapy water.

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I’ve also found it’s also best to do this while your spouse goes out to the store for the fresh groceries.  They will return to a clean fridge and will resent it less that you got to stay in your warm home with the kids, while they braved the elements and grumpy shoppers at the store.

I also find I feel less guilty about not being the one to go shopping.  So a bunch of wins there.

There you go, one simple tip. 

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Candi Aston

Sunday 11th of March 2018

Great tips. Been doing the same thing with my fridge for years. Taught my daughter to do the same. I'm really interested in this baking soda sauce, by the way...tee hee!

frugalfamilytimes

Sunday 11th of March 2018

Recipe to come! 😜 Thanks for your comment, Candi!

Pearl Brooks

Monday 7th of September 2015

Hello! Great blog. Great tip to clean your fridge before going to grocery. I am going to follow your advice next time when I am cleaning mine. Best regards!

frugalfamilytimes

Thursday 22nd of December 2016

Glad to help, Pearl!

Anonymous

Saturday 23rd of May 2015

Hello Robin! I just found your blog by chance and really enjoyed the common sense here. Both about the fridge (thanks for the motivation) and about being real regarding blogging. True and integral! - Geri

frugalfamilytimes

Thursday 22nd of December 2016

Thanks so much, Geri! That's exactly what I aim for. :)

Alison J

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Thanks for your helpful tips. You two are so cute and awesome for helping us <3

frugalfamilytimes

Thursday 22nd of December 2016

Thanks, Alison! We love your comment. :)

Nina

Friday 17th of April 2015

Hi Robin! Thank you for this tip, it is useful for me too! I appreciate these kind on one-tip-posts. The 57-amazing-things-to-do-lists are boring... One can do only one thing at a time :) Have a nice spring!

frugalfamilytimes

Thursday 22nd of December 2016

You're so sweet to take the time to say so, Nina! :)