This weekend we cleaned house. It needed it badly. Top on my list was cleaning out the refrigerator, which had started to develop a faint odor that I could not pinpoint or eradicate. So out everything came onto the counters, and to work I went.
While I organize our food regularly, put away groceries methodically, and wipe up any noticeable spots of yuk, I am still always surprised at how dirty the refrigerator gets. When did we spill something there? What is that dried on crap? How did that get there and how do I get it out?
I clean the fridge about 4 times a year (maybe more often…I’ve never actually kept track.) I pull out every removable shelf and drawer to clean in the sink, then clean every nook and cranny of the fridge itself, enlisting the aid of various cleaning aids: sponges, cleaning fluids, paper towels, and toothpicks (to get at those tine little crevices.) When all is said and done, I return everything in a slightly more organized manner, and I am relatively pleased with the cleanliness and order of it.
We cleaned the rest of the house and all is looking shiny and dustless one again, which will change in about a day. But it was finished in time to host a friend for a belated birthday dinner Sunday night (cheese fondue with veggies, chicken, and sausage to dip) so we at least have one witness that our house was clean at one point in time.
Sometimes, cleaning seems pointless and endless. We spend all this time washing, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and mopping the house, only to have it all look unkempt in less than a week’s time, and then the process starts all over again. We joke that “at least this is a new layer of dust and dirt” but it is frustrating.
Do you care about having a clean house? How often do you clean house? Do you have levels of cleaning like we do? (Room or object specific cleaning, like windows, patio, or showers; Regular light cleaning – surface dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming; Monthly Deep cleaning every inch of the house, corner to corner.) Do you use a cleaning service or would you ever? If you have isolated during COVID, has the lack of visitors changed how much/often/thorough you clean?
How often do you clean your refrigerator? Are you able to keep it spotless, or do you discover mystery spills and stains you are baffled by? Any tips or tricks to food organization or keeping things cleaner I should be aware of?
Can you think of a more boring blog post than this?