4.23.2012

Our Fridge is Outta Control

Our refrigerator had gotten out of control.  Mj is basically unstoppable when it comes to the way he throws things back in the fridge without regard to where they came from after he takes them out.  Accordingly, I gave up on asking him to try to put stuff back where he found it.  The freezer is fine because stuff that comes out of there usually stays out.  Turns out there is a reason for putting the cheese, lunch meat and the vegetables back where you found them and it wasn't just me being an OCD naggy wife.  After a while I couldn't find anything.  I'd open the doors to look and then say forget it and just ask Mj if he knew if we had anymore egg beaters or whatever else I was looking for because I'd given up on trying to dig through the mess that had become our fridge.  Nothing seemed to fit and everything was crammed everywhere into every nook and cranny.   
After a good cleaning and organization

I got really annoyed every time I needed to get something and told Mj he needs to organize this fridge.  Not because I didn't want to.  I've done it before...and look how that turned out.  I just thought it might be something that he'd maintain if it was his project and he did it himself.  Well, not surprisingly that didn't happen and I finally had enough.  I got tired of cramming things in, wrenching things out and digging around whenever I needed something.  Our refrigerator is a good size, we don't even have THAT much food and there is no reason that everything shouldn't fit.  I announced that I was fed up and couldn't take it anymore. Not only was this refrigerator getting re organized but it's dirty and it needs a good cleaning.  I took everything out including the one removable shelf and the drawers.  Mj washed those out while I went about scrubbing down the shelves.  One by one I put every single item back and a miracle happened.  Everything fit with room to spare.  We'd only removed a few items and trashed them so basically the same amount of food that was crammed in there before now fit with no problem.

That very night Mj threw an onion in the door after he used it.  "Why did you do that?"  I asked.  "I don't know."  He moved it.  Then, he caught himself as he was about to put the lunch meat in some random place.  Progress.  I'm hoping that actually seeing how non functional our refrigerator had become will get him to see how the simple act of putting stuff back where you got it can make a big difference over the long term.  I can always hope right?

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  1. Oh my gosh I know EXACTLY how you feel. Matt was the same way... until something leaked and the fridge was a certified mess. It drove him up a wall enough to empty everything...scrub it down and put it all back in its proper place. Now he's the one telling me keep things in check lol. I asked if I could use the label maker in there and was shot down so fast...
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    1. Well, at least you got him on board with putting stuff back. That is major. I'm not sure if I'll ever get there with Mj but I don't want something bad to happen to get him there! And you remembered about the labels I did before. They were temporary to make a point (which clearly didn't work) and long gone!!

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  2. My husband is terrible with the fridge. He rarely puts things where they should go and then I can't find them!

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    1. Seems to be quite the typical problem. So annoying!!

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  3. Oh girl, I am so OCD about the fridge. I freak if the boyfriend doesn't put the condiments back on the door in the same exact place haha! But for good reason, I like being organized and clean because I know exactly what is in there! Keep on him, he'll come around :)

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. We shall see if he ever changes his way.

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  4. I just did a big fridge reorganization a couple weeks ago.
    There was so many leftover and useless stuff that needed to go.

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  5. I'm the same way. My husband isn't tooooo bad about keeping it organized but his empty lemonade picture in the fridge has got to stop.

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  6. OMG my hubby does the SAME THING! He'll place a half peeled onion in the fridge w/ out wrapping it in foil or anything. ??????

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  7. I hope that he learns for your sanity! I don't understand why it's so hard to pull something from one spot and put it BACK in that spot!

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  8. I'm majorly OCD too and little naggy (well more than a little). LOL. It's great to see that I'm not the only one out there. It makes total sense to put things back in the same place. There's a certain order that is important.

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  9. I feel your pain. Similar things happen in my house. I'm crazy OCD and can see when even one thing is out of place. :)

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  10. You wouldn't like living with me then sometimes I'm worse than Mj!

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  11. I am OCD about our fridge so I know exactly what you mean. I hate that Ali puts the milk in the unassigned space...it's like hello? Obviously it should go on the bottom shelf?

    I'm glad you've made progress...let's hope that extends to our home too?

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