The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fridge organisation.

Yesterday was lovely! I had a beautiful day. The trip to the nursing home is quite a way so I planned it to incorporate a couple of things. One was a visit to Howard's Storage World where I got two new fridge baskets and the catalogue. I study those catalogues as if I am being tested later! They are so good. Just across from them is Provincial Living. Oh my goodness that was a creative excursion! My heart leapt when I walked in there. And I didn't buy one thing I just looked and got so many ideas! Exactly as a creative excursion should be I felt so excited and inspired! I still feel that way!

I found the nursing home and Kath was basically waiting for me in the foyer. She was knitting so we had a ton to talk about right away. Gosh she is lovely. It was beautiful and very touching. I will make it a regular thing now as I feel it is for a reason that we have met. I have to say there are mixed emotions too. One is sadness. Another is don't end up in a nursing home. Andy says this home is one of the best by far he goes into. Yet I found it amazingly dingy and terrible and thought it is dreadful people are put in places like this. So if that is the best he sees I don't even want to think of the worst. Isn't that terrible? :(  
The visit though was chatty and lovely, beautiful really. It was like meeting old  friends.

Now the reason I bought two new fridge baskets was I got four at the end of last year when I had a major fridge re arrange and re organise. Food is way too expensive to waste any. And I was. I was forgetting fruit and vegies that lurked toward the back and things like that.

So I had a massive clean out and made a whole new system and used these baskets on two top shelves. Now I've made that three. They are inexpensive the small are $5 each. The handles on them mean they work like drawers, you pull them out and can see everything. So things don't go to the back and get lost! You can see everything.

If you go armed with the measurements of inside your shelves you can get ones that fill the space just right. 

I am trying to show how they pull out like a drawer... it works really well.

This is the top half of the fridge and below are two deep drawers for fruit and vegies. 

Now when I shop I check everything before I go and avoid doubling up and make sure I use up vegies that need to be used etc. On weekends I will make things from left overs so nothing is wasted. It is much better than the mess I used to have some of the time!

A lovely blogger I follow The Home She Made put me onto a beautiful vanilla fridge spray. One purchase and I am sticking with it. It is called Vanilla Fresh from Safe 4 U. I got it at Woollies. It smells so nice and when you open the fridge you are greeted by this lovely scent. It makes me wipe out the fridge or just a shelf or two all the time and keeps everything lovely. 

Really I'm conquering one area at a time and the fridge was last year and it has worked. It's so nice! 

Our efforts to organise are so worth it. They save us money in the end too and make life easier. Today is grocery day for me and this system helps so much.

Also we have a really warm breezy day and rain is coming over the next few days. So the washing is out on the line, all the sheets etc. to make the most of it. Getting into bed tonight I know I will feel that oohh lovely sun dried sheets feeling. It's a beautiful feeling you can't describe, even the smell of sun dried sheets... who can describe that? But it is so good. Simple pleasures!


  1. I use a few clear bins in our fridge too. SO much easier for our grandchildren to reach in and get what they need. Thank you for linking and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

    1. Katherine I would not have guessed by looking at you that you have grandchildren! Oh my goodness you look young.xx

  2. Now that I have grandchildren, I need to remember this. Thanks so much for joining us in the Thursday Blog Hop!

    1. Thank you Pam. It is a pleasure to join in with you lovely ladies.xx

  3. Hi Annabel, I use those baskets too,in my frig and also in my pantry cupboard! Can get them at Big W in different sizes!!

    1. Jenni I will have a look in Big W these are so handy! Im thinking in the pantry they would be good for packets of bits and pieces. xxx

  4. I have baskets as well, but not ones with a handle. Thanks for the info on getting these at big w Jenni.

    We don't have any of the big stores you mention here Annabel. I did, I think, find the one you mentioned online though (is it Provincial Home living?) so I am taking a virtual tour through it later for inspiration :)


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