My husband, David, is a magnificent chef. I, on the other hand, am not a good cook. I made a deal with him about a year ago. I told him I would do all of the outside yard work if he would do all of the cooking. He took me up on it!
I still do the meal planning and grocery shopping. So having an organized refrigerator is important to me. That way I can easily see what we need to replenish. I use an app called AnyList to meal plan and create a grocery list. I will do a video on that soon. I'm not an affiliate for them. I just really like the simplicity of it.
This email is all about my thoughts on a great kitchen fridge. Top to bottom.
Use a spinner (lazy susan) on a shelf for condiments.
Have fruits and vegetables washed and ready for use.
I will typically purchase strawberries and grapes for snacks. I will put them in cold water with apple cider vinegar (1 TBS vinegar to 1 Cup cold water). The vinegar slows down the mold process. Let them soak for just a minute or two. Then lay them out on paper towels to dry. I then put them in a Rubbermaid Fruit Storage Container. It really lasts longer! I was amazed the first time I did this. Here is a link to purchase it on Amazon. I'm not an affiliate. https://amzn.to/2AkKW9g
In this picture I have carrots in the container on the right. I just opened the bag and poured them in. I didn't soak these in vinegar water.
Have a shelf just for left overs.
If you look closely you will see my label on the white part of the shelf. It is labeled "Ready to Eat". I didn't put "Leftovers" on the tag, 'cause 'aint nobody gonna eat it then! 😂
Have a shelf for meats ready to cook."What's that in the bowl?" you ask. Duck. Ready for some good 'ole duck gumbo.
Now we have reached the 3 bottom drawers.
Drawer 1: Cheese
Drawer 2: My foods
I set this drawer aside for my foods when I was following a special diet, and I didn't want my food eaten by teenagers! Ha! I haven't given it up, but now it really just holds my coke zeros, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter protein balls.
Drawer 3: Bread, Grains and Potatoes
My refrigerator door.
Most people say don't put your milk on the door because it is the warmest place in the fridge. Our particular fridge is made to have milk on the door. It has an extra cold panel that accommodates for the higher temperature.
We keep medications as well as David's seasonings he cooks with on the top shelf and jelly on the second shelf.
I have a place for everything, and it is even labeled.😃 However, there are 4 other people living in my house, and well, you know. Like anything, regular maintenance is imperative. That's just real life. Look closely and you'll see jelly on the top shelf and medication with the milk! Ha!
I do try to clean out the fridge on Thursday evenings since garbage runs on Fridays here. On Friday I meal plan and on Saturday I run to the grocery.
Well, that's it for today.
So I purchased this old window pane, and I plan to hang it on the wall in my bathroom.
Now I have the most fantastical treasure EVAH!
(By the way, fantastical is a word. My pastor made it up last Sunday. Ha!)
Have a great week!
P.S. Here is a picture of Nancy working in her mosaic studio. She also had an idea of what to do with china your mom or grandmother had.
P.P.S. If you have an idea of something you make with your sentimental items, email me back. I would love to hear about it! firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever had a crazy good reason to panic - thinking you may lose all of your precious pictures?
At almost every house where I have had the privilege of decluttering and organizing, I have come across physical pictures in drawers, cabinets and shoeboxes.
Well, that got me thinking. I desperately needed to educate myself on photo preservation and organization..... then offer this service to my own clients! So, about 8 months ago I invested in APPO (Association for Professional Photo Organizers - Yep! It's a thing. Cool huh?) and I purchased a super duper top of the line photo scanner.
I recently taught a workshop at the Madison Library. It covered the importance of having a plan for keeping our photographs (digital and physical) safe. We need a foolproof plan to keep our photos from being destroyed by water, fire or a downright wonky computer or cell phone.
I'm sure you're now wondering how to start getting your own photos protected and organized.
Step 1: You call or text me and let's talk about your current state of photos -No judgement here. I promise!
Step 2: Let's determine which kind of girl you are:
Show Me How To Do It. I Can Do It Myself- If this is you, you really should check out Miss Freddie's Back Up Bootcamp. It is an online course that she offers for a reasonable $49. I am an affiliate for her, but you need to know I wouldn't recommend her if I didn't think it was the best program for learning how to do it yourself. Miss Freddie's bootcamp is for digital photographs. I can still scan the physical pictures for you if you need that service.
For more information on her bootcamp, click this link:
To register for her bootcamp, click this link:
For your video memories that need to be converted to digital, I highly recommend Laurie at Scan South. She is located here in Jackson so there will be no mailing it out of town! It is awesome. I am also an affiliate for her so please let her know I sent ya (there is no extra charge to you). I just think it is such a valuable resource right here in our own backyard! https://www.scansouthms.com/
Do It With Me- If this is more your style, then I can just pack up my computer, my portable photo scanner, and an cold Coke Icee and head to your house! We will tackle this together.
Do It For Me- If you are raising your hand and shouting, "Memememe", then guess what? I'll come pick up your memories and take care of it at my house. Doesn't that sound like fun?
Here's to making your memories last longer than your lifetime,
Do you have a hard time knowing what to do with the best of your child's artwork at the end of the school year? Do you ever wonder how to keep up with the writing samples of those very first alphabet letters that made your heart melt when your child was in Kindergarten? Or perhaps, you have a high school senior that hands you a bottle of red dirt from the baseball field of his very last high school baseball game to play (yep, that really happened to me this year). This is the best solution I have seen around to keep up with those treasures.
My fellow professional organizer and friend, Emily Lowry, of Organizing with Emily, created this system, and she gave me permission to share the "how to" with you!
Step 1: Make a label for each folder. This can be handwritten or created with a label maker.
Step 2: Place the labels on the hanging folders and put them in your file box.
Step 3: Choose your paper design and your sticker letters. Carefully place the name using the sticker letters in the center of the paper.
Step 4: Use double sided tape, and stick the name plate on the inside of the file box.
Step 5: Fill 'er up! Now you have a place to put those cute writing samples and any awards or certificates your child has won. You have a home for the report cards and priceless artwork.
And right there in the Gatorade bottle is that baseball diamond red dirt! Gotta love it!
These are truly treasure boxes that hold just enough (not too much, not too little) to reminisce for years to come.
P.S. Take a look at this sweet picture of a client and her daughter who came to a photo and memorabilia organizing workshop. We had a blast! We put dozens of birthday cards she received in her memorabilia box along with artwork and awards. You rock Marleigh!
Contact me for more information on photo or memorabilia organizing workshops.
Hey there! I'm Suzanne Lindsey. I'm just a Jesus girl who is having a blast helping people simplify and declutter.