One of the fifteen minute decluttering missions that I suggest is to declutter your refrigerator on the outside, on both the front and top of this appliance.
Why Is This Important?
Why is this important?
It's amazing how much visual clutter effects our mood and perception of a room.
Look at decorating or home interior magazines some time. We all yearn for rooms like that, and not only because they are beautifully decorated but because they seem calming, relaxing, a place you'd like to be.
Common Types Of Refrigerator Clutter
Well, they don't have clutter in them and a prime place that clutter quickly accumulates in a kitchen is on your refrigerator.
You know what I mean -- magnets, school papers, pictures, etc, on the front.
On the top, if you don't have cabinets or other storage areas already up there, it is often a dumping ground for cereal boxes, plastic food storage containers, or anything really you don't have room for elsewhere.
(We actually in haste sometimes use the top of our refrigerator to put something out of reach of our children, and then I find it much later, everyone having forgotten about it. Whoops!)
Must The Front Be Bare And Empty?
Now I'm not saying throw away every precious picture your budding artist has colored for you, or that you can't have any cute refrigerator magnets.
I'm just saying, curate carefully. Choose the best of the best, and then get rid of the rest. (Plus all the trash, like old reminders that have now passed.)
You'll appreciate the few touches you've kept on the front more this way.
Decluttering definitely doesn't require you to live in a sterile or boring environment, but the decorations you keep will stand out more when there is less visual competition for them.
She obviously places some storage baskets on top of this appliance, and there is no problem with that at all. The top can be a great storage area.
Just make sure that you know what is there, and declutter the baskets or other containers regularly, so it doesn't become just unused junk up there!
In addition, here's how another reader, Julli, decluttered the top of her fridge. She decided she didn't want anything up there at all, which is also a completely valid choice. (Oh, and I spy Julli's Declutter 365 calendar posted on her fridge! Makes me smile!)
I hope these simple ideas and the results shown have inspired you to get your own kitchen and home organized.
If you're inspired I'd encourage you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site where, over the course of the year, we work on each room and type of items to slowly get your whole home and life organized.