Fridge Space

standard February 11, 2008 11 responses

The plastic handles dig into my fingers as I gingerly step over the legos and dolls that litter the family room. One more load and all the groceries will be in the house. Every week I head to the store thinking that we only need an handful of things, and every week I come home with bags and bags of staples and goodies. Then I have to figure out where to stash everything I’ve bought.

Once all the bags have been brought in and I’ve found a way to entertain the children for a few minutes I grab a trash bag and open the fridge. I’ve got to find a way to make room for all the fresh groceries. Our fridge is such a mess that there’s bound to be any number of items past their prime that can be thrown away.

An almost empty container of sour cream – sell by date 10/05/07 – into the trash it goes.
A block of Colby Jack cheese with more green than orange or white – into the trash.
An empty bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese – how did that even end up back in the fridge? – into the trash.
What is that? – Don’t want to know – into the trash
Hey! There’s the ground beef I bought two weeks ago. Ew. – Into the trash.

Slowly the chaos in the refrigerator is being organized and I’m starting to see where the groceries will go. Once the trash bag is full and shelves are cleared I take a deep breath and open the produce drawers. What will it be today? Soggy cucumber? Rotten bell pepper? Ah, no, just a dried out eggplant. Oh, right, I was going to make eggplant parm this week. Bummer. I was really craving that.

Once I’ve cleared enough space in the fridge I turn my attention to the grocery bags that surround me. Milk and OJ on the top shelf. Yogurts, mine and C’s, on the bottom. Everything else gets shoved wherever I can find a spot. Three bags later and the shelves are well stocked. We have the makings for at least four home cooked meals, breakfasts, and snacks. All that’s left are the frozen veggies and the ice cream. I straighten up, stretch my back, and turn my attention to the freezer where I start the whole dance all over again.

Now, when did I buy those tatter tots again?

This post was inspired by the Sunday Scribblings prompt “Fridge Space.”
I was going to show you pictures of the inside of my fridge, but I’m so embarrassed by how disgusting it is that I just can’t bring myself to post them. Considering the stuff I write about, admitting that embarrasses me even more, but I’m pretty sure I’m still never going to find the time to clean it out properly.
As for the freezer, I’ve convinced myself that having it that well stocked helps keep everything nice and cold. Please don’t tell me if I’m wrong.

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11 responses

  • Ugh, I so have the same problem. Except, I buy lots of groceries, planning on making healthy (ok, not always healthy, but homemade) meals, and if I’m lucky, only make 1 meal & toss everything else. We end up eating a lot of take-out or have left overs & they become very scary mystery boxes.

    I bought some digital counters, to see how long I’ve been keeping food (in prep. for the new baby-i.e., how old is that pumped milk?) – howmanydaysago.com, and I’ve used them recently…it was pretty scary. An open jar of spaghetti sauce that I would have sworn was only 7-10 days old was over a month old!

    And yes, I’ve always read that having a full refrigerator/freezer helps keep things cold w/ lower energy costs. 🙂

  • That sounds exactly like my fridge. I’m sorta in a weird grocery buying place right now. I decided to help prevent wasting, I would only buy fresh veggies the night I’m going to use them. But I never remember, so we get no fresh veggies. It’s a catch 22. Menu planning helps, but I’ve been slacking there too.

  • I may post pics of my yucky fridge now that’s you’ve inspired me. Dunno. The camera frame can hold only so many boxes of leftover Wing Stop.

    Thanks for stopping by my space today and your kind words.

  • Haha…now that’s you’ve…worst typo ever.

  • I so dislike shopping that I overshop – the neighbor lady goes every day and pleads with me to tell her how I avoid it. Nice post!

  • I have the same problem. Isn’t it a bummer when you have to throw out food? But I haven’t figured a way past it yet. Guess it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! lol

  • I am SO relieved to find out that we are not the only ones who have to “empty out” the fridge before we stock new groceries in there!

  • Yeah, I guess we’re all in this boat.

    My way of tackling it is – nothing goes in, unless two things come out. So for every item I buy, I have to throw away two useless items. Eventually I get to the point where nothing else can go, but it helps. So even those days I only buy 5 things, I still end up throwing out 10.

    It doesn’t really work, it’s just a great theory.

  • Great post. I have stepped over (and on) a lot of legos in my time. I am thinking that Sour Cream 4 months past its sell by date would still be ok. After all, it is SOUR cream.

  • Reading this and other responses has been very satisfying. I thought I would be the only contributor admitting to being as fridge slob!

  • yes it’s a trap isn’t it – go for one item, end up with a trolley full? Great take, well done, Thanks!

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