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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hard Working Fridge gets a makeover

technically, this is a completely different fridge than in the first post about what i do to my poor fridge, but it's not a new fridge to me anymore - been using it for well over a year now.
the side by side 25 cubit foot fridge was too big for me. short little ol' me couldn't even reach the back of the top shelf of the other fridge.
so it's been donated to a friend who needs that much space and i am using a top freezer 18 cubit foot GE that i adore.

with, as you can see, the same messy system for a long time.
it's wet erase markers, not dry erase, so that minimizes accidental smearing. but if i need to expand a list, like i want to stock up on a whole bunch of stuff at sams club in one giant shopping trip, i had to erase a bunch of headings and lines to make the box bigger.

then i found a sheet of magnetic backed printable paper - leftover from another project. i didn't run it through the printer, just made headers with sharpie. now if i need to adjust the space sizes, it's much easier to just move things around

SOOOO much tidier and easier to read/use.
the blue marker used to be for lines and i rarely used the yellow - it doesn't show up well on the fridge. i probably need to remove those.
red stars are for things that i really should get soon.

the water bottle is for spraying the washcloth [not pictured] that i use for erasing- it's held on by putting a magnet on the fridge and a magnet in the bottle. the washcloth is held on with a magnetic bulldog clip.
the wet erase markers are stuck to the fridge with magnetic pencil holders from american science and surplus - item number 34249P25

to get the fridge REALLY clean between markings, use alcohol after you erase with water.

and yes, i do often just take a picture of the fridge on my camera phone on the way out the door when i know i will be shopping after work or while running errands. then i can just pull up the picture, zoom in, and there's my shopping list.
my roommate writes things in as needed too.

my favorite part of this list is also the "running low" and "too much" sections - if i see a sale on lemon juice i will know it's not a bad idea to buy it because i don't NEED it yet, but i will soon enough. and if i see a sale on rosemary, i will remember not to buy it, no matter how good the price, because my friend has a rosemary bush and cut me off a few pounds last year that i dried and have in mason jars in my pantry. but it's also a reminder to look for things that go well with ingredients i have too much of so i can use them up!

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