Day 17: De-Magnetizing the Fridge

Today is Day 17 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.

Okay, so I took a break from decluttering, or at least writing about decluttering, but we’re back on track now.  Day 17 is a no-brainer.  Clearn off the front of the refrigerator.

I think a person’s personality is reflected in how many magnets she has on her refrigerator.  It’s definitely directly proportional to how many kids she has.  That should give you a hint about how the front of my fridge looks.  Like a giant magnet for every piece of paper that comes in the door.  Right now, there are a lot of Christmas cards stuck on it, so I’ll be happy to take most of those down…except for the one from my friend who dressed all her kids like zombies with a headless Santa.  She’s a little sick, but in a hilariously funny kind of way.

I love to have pictures of my friends and kids and art projects and everything else that makes it to the front of a fridge, but there is only so much one fridge will hold.  Cluttered doesn’t begin to describe it before long.  I tried hard for a long time to keep it cute.  I taped everything on in an neat and organized fashion.  If that doesn’t say something about my personality, I don’t know what does.

Then, when we had our house for sale, I had to take everything down because, you know there can’t be anything remotely personal hanging up.  I figured my friend’s trailer trash Christmas card from two years ago would definitely fall in the personal category.  That was one classy card, but not just anyone would appreciate it.

So, after about six months with a clean fridge, I kind of went wild when we moved and could put stuff back up.  This is what it looks like now.

dirty fridgeNot organized or cute.

So, I’m going to take a deep breath and clean it up.  Here goes.

clean fridge

How does that look?  My new rule is to only post current photos of people we don’t see often or unusually unique cards, ala Zombie Apocalypse, and my children’s artwork, because they are budding Rembrandts, you know.  The lone magnet holding the birthday card from my daughter is a Thanksgiving turkey craft she did.  It is a turkey.  Trust me.

So, does your fridge tip over from all the magnets on the front?  Be honest!


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