Hello and Happy Friday the 13th!
Welcome to this premier Pivotal post of 2023!
It is a gift to share the lens of this that you may not yet know as a new way to view the awe of all that is infinitely everything. 🌟✨💫
What’s something completely free to do that we can all benefit from doing a bit more regularly (ie. as in... at all)?
All together now:
CLEAN THE FRIDGE!
This *note-to-Self [with Love]* is a goodhearted guide that serves as a quick, easy checklist for maintaining a clean fridge.
Perks are many, including a clearer mind, happier tummy and fatter wallet in due time. Please enjoy!
I love the magic that happens when a new idea demands nowness. This is the spark urging, run with it! Best bet is to see what happens.
That’s how I stopped everything - dropped everything (which wasn't much of anything, something more than nothing) - to sit on the futon in our office at the new apartment in Detroit at 10 a.m. this morning - a snowy Sunday, December 18, 2022 - to write this quick little *note to Self [with Love].* Here goes.
But first - a word of hopeful, wholehearted advice to inspire, challenge & encourage all to resolve to play nice in 2023!
Approach everyone - strangers and people you know, love and even (most especially) dislike - with gentle curiosity as if they carry the precious key to unlock and unearth an all-new, unknown, ever-present, yet untapped potential in you.
It is important to note that this key is just one of the infinite within you.
The more you grow to naturally approach life with this childlike wonder of divine curiosity, the more brand-new-to-you worlds you gain access to open, enter and explore within, unveiling new depths and heights you may soar to reach right now, here in 2023.
This is the true magic that perpetually unfolds with compassionate living... Tenfold.
While on the topic of 2023, here are 3 interesting dates:
This morning, I was getting dressed when a funny phrase popped into my head:
“Clean out the fridge, ya filthy buffoon!”
This inner voice of hilarity peppered with a ping of truth was in response to a thought I had been pondering about leaving the fridge at our previous apartment without one final wipe down and feeling a hinge of guilt for it a few days later.
I just Googled ‘buffoon’ to make sure it’s okay to say - just never know with the landscape of a rapidly changing etymology. Some of the synonyms had me cracking up in memory:
Nincompoop, dunderhead, ignoramus, simpleton, numbskull, twit, nitwit - Who else just thought of Rudolph? "We're a couple of misfits... " Classic.
I realized the original phrase in my brain could be sprinkled with some fun things to think about alongside an amusing checklist to literally just clean out the damn fridge already.
The goal is to clean the fridge before it starts to smell funny.
We gotta start somewhere, folks!
So, without further ado, let’s clean out the fridge together. Plus, it’s a great mental exercise for clarity, too! We could all benefit from a dose of that good stuff - always, all days, forever better for it. Good to know, too! And, to do something about it. As we shall. Onward!
Step 1) Fridge Day!
Choose a designated day to clean the fridge out weekly. Friday is a good idea, as weekends usually mean restocking, and leftovers may have piled up.
Step 2) First Priority
Start Fridge Day with cleaning the fridge as your first priority of the day. Won’t take long, so do it while you’re waiting for the coffee to brew. Whatever you do, do it first. Prioritize this as #1 on the Fridge Day to-do list.
Step 3) Music On!
Turn on upbeat, energetic music you enjoy listening to as you clean the fridge. Listening to music you love will inevitably raise your vibration. As will cleaning the fridge! Win-win.
*NOTE: Complete the next 4 steps (4-7) per shelf, one shelf at a time, shelf-by-shelf, to prevent the countertop from clogging with contents of a full fridge all at once.
Step 4) Remove everything.
One shelf at a time, top to bottom *so no chance of spilling down onto already cleaned shelves,* carefully remove everything. Set it all on the countertop. After shelves, do this for each drawer. If the drawers are above shelves in your fridge, follow the top-down approach.
Step 5) Wipe down.
With proper cleaning products - cleansing wipes or a towel and spray of your preference - thoroughly wipe each shelf clean, one shelf at a time, and then each drawer.
Step 6) Evaluate freshness.
As you return items to the fridge shelf-by-shelf, analyze for freshness. Check expiration dates and leftovers. Consider marking the date on containers so you know for certain what is safe to eat and what needs to get tossed. Your stomach will thank you for this!
*Start to note which items in the fridge most often spoil before use. In order to save money and time, stop buying stuff you continuously dump out on Fridge Day.
Remember it is always your own hard-earned money, right down the drain, whenever your once-fresh, good food goes to waste.
Step 7) Toss trash.
Once you’ve cleaned and cleared each shelf and every drawer in the fridge, one by one, including the door (*Don’t forget the door! Condiments can leak and grow sticky), toss all trash and carry on with the rest of your now completely successful Clean Fridge Day!
Step 8) Check out that CLEAN fridge!
Admire how clean your fridge looks now! Also acknowledge how clear your mind feels. Onward with the day before you. Have a wonderful week, and we’ll see you next Fridge Day!
P.S. Would you like to see a corresponding Clean Fridge Day video in the future? Please share in the comments if so! Many thanks for reading this premier Pivotal post of 2023.