Of course, you can do it whenever it is important to you, and it really should be done more than once a year. However, if you work hard on it today, maintenance tasks to keep it clutter free will take minimal amounts of time going forward.
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
Those magazine homes don't have clutter in them and a prime place that clutter quickly accumulates in a kitchen is on your refrigerator.
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 get rid of the trash still up on the fridge, 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.
Make Clearing Off Your Refrigerator A Habit
As I mentioned, I just have this Declutter 365 mission listed once in the declutter calendar. However, this is the type of simple quick task that you should make a habit.
Do it every week or two and it will take you less than two minutes each time!
Below I've collected hall of fame pictures from readers who've done this mission and sent in their photos to show off their accomplishments.
Plus, especially for top of the refrigerator I get lots of questions about what you should store up there, if anything. These pictures give some good ideas on this very topic.
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!)
Want To Do More Decluttering Missions? Get Started With Declutter 365 Today!
Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.
Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!
Before and after photos for mission collage from a reader, Debbie