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!)
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.