There is nothing like a fresh start.
I am planning on a more regular routine now that I have finished classes for the culinary arts degree and 350 hours of internship are over.
So, what is the first thing on my list ( yes, I am a list maker). Clean.
When is the last time you cleaned your fridge? I mean emptied it all out, washed the shelves and walls and drawers (and freezer), check expiration dates and dumped stuff?
If it is overwhelming, break it into steps. I started with my freezer drawer.
I bought some plastic baskets at the dollar store to help oragnize.
Then, what was going back into the freeer was labeled AND dated (food does not last forever)
I have cheddar cracker dough that is rolled into a log and then frozen for easy slicing (think homemade cheese-its), cookie dough that I scoop on to trays and freeze then place in a zip lock bag (easy to bake off a few at a time), saffron rice, and frozen cranberries.
Freezer drawer was wiped down with a warm soapy sponge and sanitized with a vinegar/water mixture.
Then on to the fridge doors and shelves and even the garage fridge.
I always feel better when I can see what I have and when it needs to be used up. This also makes trips to the grocery store easier because I am not buying what I already have buried deep at the bottom or back of the fridge.
I try to do this whole deep clean 2x a year, at the beginning of the year (after Christmas) and in the summer usually before we go on vacation- its a good time to clean out and empty the fridge if your going to be gone for a while.