When we bought the fridge nine years ago, I was enamoured with its style: the stainless steel double doors, wide adjustable shelves in both doors and center, the freezer at the bottom. It was the latest and greatest thing back then. But it didn’t take long to realize a critical design flaw. The abundance of adjustable center shelves made it almost impossible to see anything on them unless the item was in front. Case in point: When we removed the contents of the fridge to give it a thorough cleaning, I found four jars of hamburger dill slices. Four large jars. Ridiculous.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “That would never happen to me. I know what’s in my refrigerator.” Maybe so. I bow to your organizational skills. For me unfortunately, when it comes to food storage, the old adage of “out of sight out of mind” applies, and those shelves assure that most everything in the center of that fridge is out of sight.
It wasn’t until the interior of the fridge was wiped down, the vegetable, fruit and meat and cheese drawers have been removed, cleaned out and returned to their proper spaces and I was drying off the adjustable shelves to put back that I realized the solution to my fridge frustration could have been put into practice from Day one.
The realization that just because the manufacturer provides four adjustable shelves for the fridge doesn’t mean you have to use all of them.
I felt dumb. I consider myself an creative, think-outside-the-box problem solver. I take the phrase “we’ve never done it that way before” as a personal challenge to rock the status quo.
And yet, I’ve been fretting over two unnecessary shelves for the past NINE YEARS.
What’s worse. Had it not been for my daughter, I would probably still hate my hide and seek refrigerator:
Me: Why don’t we put all the dairy products and juice on the left side of the fridge.
Daughter: Okay. Margarine, sour cream, eggs and cream cheese on the bottom shelf, milk and juice on the one above it.
Me: Don’t put that shelf too high. I still have to put another shelf above it.
Daughter: But Mom, we don’t need another shelf. There’s plenty of space for everything right now.
Out of the mouths of babes.
Hopefully, my daughter’s out-of-the-ice-box-thinking will prevent any more further incidents like this one:
What kind of outside-the-box-thinking moments of brilliance have you had lately?