Thanksgiving is next week and if you already have your menu planned, great but there is one more thing you need to do— make sure you have space. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, and it has a few purposes. Now, if you are anything like my family, checking the food in your fridge is a weekly event but that’s just part of it. Tomorrow is for a full deep clean of your refrigerator.  

The National Day Calendar said that meat and veggie drawers are the dirtiest places in the kitchen because they are the most likely places to cause diseases. That means your deep clean should take extra care with these locations.  

Also, maybe check these a bit more regularly.  

On the other hand, people who clean out their fridges more often tend to waste more food and that’s not good either. Get familiar with the “use by”, “sell by” and “best by” meanings and that should help cut down your food waste. You can also make sure that you are using your ingredients to the fullest by having them in multiple meals.  

Here are some ways to observe the day effectively: 

  • Empty each shelf. 
  • Completely wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. 
  • Wash drawers and underneath the drawers. 
  • Throw away all expired food. 
  • Throw away any moldy food. 
  • Get rid of anything that you do not use. 
  • Vacuum condenser coils. 
  • Vacuum out under the refrigerator. 
  • Restock shelves and drawers with good food. 
  • Enjoy your nice, clean, organized refrigerator. 

Now you can be prepared for the big turkey and all the delicious sides and leftovers you will have for Thanksgiving.  

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