This Weekend: Give The Outside of Your Fridge a Facelift

It’s not just the inside of the fridge that serves a function in our kitchens. For many of us, the fridge is a central spot for displaying kids’ art, the soccer calendar, friends’ engagement photos, and the magnets we collect. This weekend, let’s neaten up the outside of the fridge so we can enjoy afresh what we choose to showcase.

If you are a fridge minimalist and never hang things on the fridge, pat yourself on the back and skip straight to step three and four.

Step One: Take a picture of the fridge in its bedecked state.

It’s an awesome snapshot of a moment in time that seems so ordinary but will be fun to look back on. It’s also a great way to memorialize items that you may not need to hang on to any longer.

Step Two: Take everything off the outside of the fridge.
Remove all magnets, papers, and photos from your fridge and set them on the counter.

Step Three: Clean the outside of your fridge.
When your fridge is covered with things, you’re probably not cleaning it regularly. Take a rag spritzed with all-purpose cleaner and give the outside a good wipe down. You could also use a vinegar solution. Clean the front and the sides of the outside and then open the doors and clean the inside sides of the doors and the gaskets. For stubborn spots or small rust spots on a stainless fridge, use a non-abrasive cleaner like Bon Ami and a scrub pad like a Scrub Daddy.

Step Four: Polish your stainless steel fridge.
If you have a stainless steel fridge, you’ll want to polish it after cleaning it. My favorite way is to use a very thin spray of coconut oil and buff in circles with a paper towel. Alternately, dab some oil on the paper towel before buffing. Don’t use a rag that will end up in the dryer because residual oil on the fabric is a fire hazard.

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Step Five: Sort through papers that were on the fridge.
Toss outdated informational papers or file them in Evernote. Go through photos and consider starting over, i.e., keeping them all off your fridge, or at least any that are more than, say, a year old. Pick a criterion and stick to it as you’re sorting.

For the photos that you won’t keep, decide right now what you will do with them so they don’t end up as paper clutter elsewhere in your home. You could digitize them by taking a picture of the group of them, you could say thank you and goodbye and recycle them, or you could keep them for an album.

Sorting kids’ artwork is a similar process: make it digital, decided it’s served its purpose in being on display and being enjoyed for a period of time, or keep truly beloved pieces for displaying in another format.

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Step Six: Sort through magnets.
Keep only meaningful or useful magnets. Toss the advertising magnets. If they contain information that you use regularly, you guessed it, take a picture and store the information in Evernote or something similar. Getting rid of excess will allow your favorite, treasured magnets to really shine.

Step Seven: Place your drastically pared down items back on the fridge.
It’ll feel like a breath of fresh air to start over like this, an almost blank canvas to showcase new pictures of smiling loved ones and hand print butterflies.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. This is a marathon, not a sprint!


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