Fridge Mats from $2 Placemats

fridge-coastersSo did you know there was such a thing as fridge mats? I know kind of ridiculous. But when I saw all that trendy chevron and polka dot cuteness I was convinced that something this was ridiculous was absolutely necessary.


I found the idea of using inexpensive placemats in a magazine months ago. But never got around to finding the perfect placemats to use.  So while my husband had our screaming boys in the cereal aisle, I scooted away to check out the placemat selection at Target. And for $2 a pop, I found a few good options (I bet a dollar store would carry them too). Continue reading

How-to Keep Your Fridge Clean & Organized

I recently was given a tour of my neighbour’s home.  I was shocked that even though she didn’t expect to have me over, let alone give me a full tour of her house, her house was immaculate.  I’m talking every bed was made with loads of fluffy pillows, all toys were neatly placed in labelled bins, not a single dirty dish on the counter, and no heaps of laundry in the laundry room.  It was truly shocking.  I realize that not everyone lives like this, but my neighbour does so I guess it’s possible.  

Since having kids my house has become a chaotic mess.  I was never a super organized neat freak or anything.  But I just can’t seem to keep on top of things now. 

My goal over the next few months is to organize every space in my house.  A huge goal, yes.  But only focusing on one space at a time will make it manageable.  

The fridge and freezer were the perfect place to start.  Our fridge drives my crazy.  It’s a daily occurrence to go in, pull one thing out, and have 10 frozen chicken breasts land on my toes.  It’s always a disaster.

Honestly I never know what’s in there.  Jars and bottles get lost at the back and it’s months before I see them again.  Sound familiar?

I was inspired by the fridge organization over at Good-Bye House Hello Home.  So I went out and bought these super awesome plastic bins with handles from Wal-Mart for $2.50 each (they were in the wrong spot so not really $1.57).  But still a great deal.  I love the handles. Makes it super easy to pull out.

After a serious fridge clear-out, I divided foods into categories.  And put similar things together in each bin.  For example one bin has all condiments in it, so it’s easy to grab the whole bin at once. 

I’ll let you know in a few months if this system is easier to keep clean and organized or not, but right now I’m  loving it.

A post on freezer organization will be coming shortly.  But I didn’t buy enough bins at Wal-Mart so now need to make a second trip.  And since shopping at Wal-Mart is pretty much my least favourite thing in the world, this post may take awhile!