So I tried to inspire you all with my creative labeling … and surprisingly … what was most interesting to many was the labels in my fridge. I will say, labeling the inside of my refrigerator has been life changing. No kidding. When you use something every single day, multiple times a day, it’s a big thing to make it simple to use. And labels, quite simply, make life simpler.

But first … I just have to share my dream refrigerator. Are you ready? OK … follow this link and click on the photo gallery. It’s simply divine …

OK … back to the real world. Here’s my labeled fridge.

Inside of fridge

A few things to notice … before we see more pictures. 1) it’s not perfect! To me, the point of getting organized is something much greater than perfection. It’s to make life a little bit more fun, and a little bit easier … so we have time to do things that make us happy. 2) If you zoom in really close, you’ll see lunch-ables. I, by no means, advocate the eating of lunch-ables. In a weak moment at the grocery store, I caved in to my 7 year-old son’s pleadings and treated him to just one! 3) lots of eggs … we’re dong a south beach diet of sorts … so the eggs are in three places: where they belong, in the meat drawer, and on the overflow shelf.

In case you can’t read the labels, here’s what they are from top to bottom

Left side / right side:

  • Overflow / leftovers
  • Eggs / meat (drawer)
  • Soda / condiments (turn table – love this!)
  • Veggies / fruit

Leftovers
My husband Jay really likes the leftovers area. It helps to designate a single spot for leftovers. You’re more likely to look for your leftovers when the hunt is isolated to a specific area. Plus, when you run out of space in the leftovers area … you likely have something that’s old and needs to be pitched. It’s as close to self maintaining as possible. The leftovers is right next to the overflow (the place I put things for special recipes or things that don’t fit elsewhere (like eggs!) Sometimes the overflow overflows into the leftovers area … and you know what? That’s OK. It’s good to have fresh spinach instead of leftovers, don’t you think? Spinach is a super-food, after all. OK … I’m digressing. Here’s one more photo of my fridge:

Inside door

Not that it needs explaining … but this is the door! The labels on the door are as follows (from top to bottom):

Left side / right side

  • Butter / milk (it makes me very happy that milk fits on the door – it’s the little things that bring me joy!)
  • Salad dressing + salsa / cheese (in the other joy creating area of my fridge – the little pull down storage drawer on the door. Love this too!)
  • Pickles + mustard
  • Sweet stuff / basic condiments (sweet stuff being jelly, ice cream toppings and the like and basic condiments are ketchup and mustard (should have relish in there, too, need to pick that up at the store.) Note that the basic condiments are in a handled carrying basket – great for BBQ’s and other outdoor eating events. Just grab the basket and you’re good to go.)

OK … so there you have it, my refrigerator. Who knew I’d be posting pictures of my fridge on a blog??? Renee made me do it. :)

(You would have done it, too, if Renee asked!)

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.