Seven-Year-Household-Itch: Time for reorganization

DAY ONE

Goal: A sanitized fridge and easier navigation and efficient use of kitchen

Goal: A sanitized fridge and easier navigation and efficient use of kitchen

I’ve got the seven-year itch. An itch to shake things up in the household department. We’ve had our own home for seven years now and it’s time to take stock of things, reorganize our living spaces, and shake up the dust, before we get too comfortable, old and crusty. It feels like the nesting instinct and no, I’m not pregnant.

A periodic shakeup in any area of our life is healthy…even if it’s only in the form of the re-organization of the household.

Research shows student academic performance and worker productivity and general well-being can improve measurably with a redesign of our living, working and studying spaces, so this is an experiment towards the same end.

Japanese “Super Housewives” recommend beginning in the kitchen, the Stomach-Gut of the Home being sort of a Fountain or Dispenser of Well-being of the Home.

So here goes, a photo essay of my re-organization efforts, as it goes.

1. Beginning with the fridge, gave it a good wash, inside and out, removing shelves, drawers and ice-box too.

2. Instituted a Golden Zone, where all soon-to-expire items are placed.

3. Use see-through receptacles for like items like jam jars and mustard. Just pull-down and remove.

 

Dispenser of well-being, the Fridge

Dispenser of well-being, the Fridge

Wipe up spills on the handle-bar, organize dressing and condiments bottles, milk, etc.

The handle-bar niche is always caked with dried up spilt milk, juices or soy sauce.

The handle-bar niche is always caked with dried up spilt milk, juices or soy sauce.


Freezers need cleanouts too. Resealable ziplocks make light work of cleaning

Freezers need cleanouts too. Resealable ziplocks make light work of cleaning

Don’t forget the top of the fridge too. Eeek, layers of dust. Learnt years ago what a pain it is to wipe off oily surfaces in the kitchen, so I now layer the roof of the fridge with newspaper (nobody looks there anyway) and just chuck the papers out and replace them with fresh sheets.

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