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Getting organized in the kitchen can be an overwhelming and daunting endeavor.  If you have a “one butt kitchen” like I do, the kind that only one person can fit in because it is so small, it is especially challenging. You’ve got your cupboards, cleaning supplies, refrigerator, cooking equipment and various kitchen paraphernalia.  So let’s simplify and break it into manageable chunks by starting with the refrigerator.

Like most self-help programs the first step to change is admitting you have a problem.  If we are truly honest with ourselves, we probably all have some deep, hidden secret buried within our refrigerator.  Let’s take back our power and boldly admit, “It’s been months since my last refrigerator cleaning.”  It’s an unpleasant task, so let’s get it over with.

First, throw away everything that you can’t identify or can’t remember how long it’s been there.  If you have to smell it, it’s most likely been in there too long, so toss it. These are the easy decisions.

Next, let’s tackle those bottles with expiration dates. To toss or not to toss, that is the question.  Can’t we just have one universal code that reads, “I wouldn’t eat this after March 1st, if I were you.”?  But no, you have your “best by”, “product date”, “use by” or merely a date stamp. Clear?  Of course not.  That ketchup from 2012 still looks perfectly good.

No fear, help is here.  Prop your computer up next to the icebox and check out some of these 77 Surprising Expiration Dates from the folks at Real Simple.

Go for it! Purge and reap the rewards!  Leave a comment here with a description of what you discovered hidden in your refrigerator and include its expiration date to be entered to win a $25 Target gift card.  Enter once by March 20th–officially Spring (Cleaning)– and we will randomly draw a winner to be announced here on March 21st! Check out our official contest rules here and good luck!

 

 

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