I see all the beautiful homes out there in blogland and they actually use the top of the fridge for decorating! I think to myself, “Now why can’t I use this space to put something pretty on display?”
"But, I don't have a huge kitchen! Wahhhh". Okay, that is what I have been telling myself for years. And although it is true, that should not give me an excuse to allow major chaos to live on top of my fridge!
I do have to utilize all of my space but, I don’t have to let it get out of control and down right ugly!
I live in a small townhouse. I do not have a big beautiful kitchen. Which makes it all the more important to keep things organized and not a “dumping ground”.
The top of the fridge has always been used to store snacks. I really don’t have anywhere else to put them. However, what happens is other things end up there when we don’t know where to put them. And it quickly becomes chaos! And the really sad part about that is, it then becomes normal. You start to not even notice it anymore!
This past couple of weeks I have been slowly working on deep cleaning and reorganizing my kitchen.
Okay, so on to the project at hand…..dealing with the chaos of the top of the fridge.
- Take everything off the top of the fridge.
- Pulled fridge out to dust off the coils in the back and dust the wall in the back.
- Using a step stool, a bowl of warm water with all purpose cleaner added to it, a Mr. Eraser and a clean dry towel, I scrubbed the top of the fridge and the side of the wall.
- Decided what was going to go back on top and still look nice.
- Find a home for all the other items.
Sounds simple huh? Well, it did take the full two hours. I knew going into this project that I was going to also have to clean out and reorganize an under utilized base cabinet. But, now both areas are deep cleaned, organized and no longer unsightly! Woohoo!
I used this burlap folding box to hold all the snack foods. A clearance find a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby.
Now all the bags of snacks are tucked away in this fabric box. It not only keeps every tidy but, you can just grab the box and look through it and decide what you want without stuff falling on you or disappearing behind the fridge!
On top of the fridge it goes. I also placed my white teapot and white creamer & sugar set on top (these are the most used ones by me right now) and my tea herb basket.
No, it’s not just a decorative item up there but, it looks a lot better and is being used for things we need in a much nicer and more organized way.
And it has been two weeks since I did this organizing project and it still looks this way! Troy and I both find it so much easier to grab the burlap box and pick out what we want from it.
How does the top of your fridge look? Any tips that have helped you keep this area clean and organized?
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