Before Big Daddy and I roll out for a little high school friday night lights I thought I’d share with you how I conquered one nasty beast in my home.
I particularly hate unloading groceries into a fridge that is in complete and utter chaos. Yeah, I’m a hater.
I have some control issues. My control or out of control issues actually begin at the checkout line. Big Daddy knows by now that I HAVE to organize the food when I put my groceries onto the conveyor belt in the checkout line. There CANNOT be any haphazard tossing of items onto the belt. This will derive a dirty look from my otherwise saintly countenance.
And although Big Daddy has learned to live with this evil side of me I suspect he still would rather just put the stuff on the belt.
But that won’t happen. Ever.
And if it sounds insane then I’ll accept that you are in the Big Daddy camp but I’d like a chance to explain before you abandon me.
While in school, I bagged groceries and I was a cashier. I’d say I have some talent in this area. I also enjoy bagging here and there to help out the employees while at the same time feeding the control monster that lives inside of me.
As a bagger when the items come down the slope after the cashier scans them they begin to pile up. Have you ever seen a cashier push the pile down further to make room for more scanning? Sometimes market managers don’t put enough thought into the true partnership that is the cashier and bagger duo. If this duo’s timing is out of sync you’ll begin to notice that the bagger has no choice but to randomly put things in bags.
A can of baked beans in with frozen peas and a bottle of shampoo will push me over the edge.
Man, I’m really sounding crazy but trust me when I say a well packed bag makes it so much quicker when unloading the bag at home.
So, at the belt I put up groups. Frozen, refrigerated items, dry items, canned items, toiletry, milk (heavy stuff), and then the bread.
I just think that the odds of me finding all of my frozen veggies in one bag is a lot higher when I group items on the belt.
Anyone feeling me?
Anyways, my fridge is a disaster and I had to fix it.
VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED:
I’m about to show you some nasty pictures of the inside of my refrigerator so I must advise my more sensitive viewers to look away.
This is actually paper from a package that obviously met something sticky. I can’t even tell you how long it’s been there.
Here’s what’s been going on in my fridge. A whole lot of nonsense. Can I just say that I hate having so many bottles of condiments. I blame Big Daddy. He loves to have 5 different kinds of mustard on hand. Anyone else forget what’s in your fridge and discover it after it has changed colors?
And here she is with some purging, cleaning, and organizing.
Thanks to someone else’s awesome idea the Fridge Coaster was hacked. There are benefits of going to the company and ordering the right size, and cute colors but they were too expensive for little ol’ me. So I found heavy duty plastic place mats from Target for $1.99 each and set them on my shelves. I used 2 place mats on each shelf. At $2 a piece and 6 placemats, I spent a fraction of what I could have spent with Fridge Coaster.
I think they’re pretty cute. But the best thing about this idea is that you won’t need to pull out the whole drawer or shelf when you need to clean them. I don’t know about you but my kitchen sink isn’t big enough to clean these shelves but the place mat will be easy to manage!
And thanks to the genius of the owner of goodbye, house. Hello, Home! I was able to find these plastic containers from Walmart. These are called Mainstays and they can be found in the aisle where you get those plastic silverware trays. I underestimated the number I’d use so I still need to get a large bin for “dinner”. As you can see I like to just go right for it so I’ve kept it simple. Lunch meat and cheese that we use daily for lunch is in one bin. The soon to be second bin will hold the chicken, beef, pork or whatever we’ve pulled from the feezer to defrost for dinner. And finally the snack bin. It’s a must.
So, what do you think of my fridge coasters?
Question: Anyone else group groceries on the belt? I need to know I’m not alone!