Melissa Homer, MaidPro’s Chief Cleaning Officer, also lends her advice/expertise to LoveToKnow readers on how to keep your refrigerator clean and organized:
LTK: What recommendations do you start with for organizing your refrigerator?
MH: First and foremost is health and safety. Check expiration dates and purge things that are rotting in the back of the fridge. This will also encourage you to buy healthy produce because you are keeping an eye on what’s in there. When it’s clean and more inviting, people will go in to get what they have. Healthy food looks better in a clean environment. In terms of finances, it will help keep costs down with less food loss. Your fridge will run more efficiently because you won’t have it open for 10 minutes at a time looking for items.
LTK: How often should you clean it out?
MH: I recommend a solid fridge clean-out at least every other month (six times a year). And then a spot-checking type of stuff should be done each week before grocery shopping so you can restock. A big thing to do is to plan your food better. Write down what you want to cook and check what’s in the fridge to see if you can use what you have in order to eliminate waste.
LTK: Anywhere else?
MH: Truth be told, it should be applied to the entire shopping process. You should take an inventory, check what you have, what’s low, what you need and use what you have. Figure out what’s in there and use it up. Put newest in the back, and recycle old forward so nothing hits expiration.
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