Time to overhaul, arrange the fridge

Dear Readers: Who has a messy refrigerator? It’s time to get organized. Take everything out and put it on the counter. Now you can see what you have. Turn back to the fridge; it’s time for a deep clean.

Spray the shelving, drawers and walls with a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with water. Wipe down with a clean cloth. Get in all the tight places — cotton swabs may come in handy. Wipe dry with paper towels.

Throw away anything you don’t need or recognize (ha-ha — anything fuzzy). Combine those two open jars of pickles.

Now to restock. Avoid overstocking the fridge; the cold air needs to circulate. Keep milk and juices up front for easy access. Store tiny fruits like strawberries in a basket inside the fridge. — Heloise

P.S. Where is the best place to store eggs? According to the American Egg Board (www.incredibleegg.org), keep eggs in their original container on a shelf in the fridge, not in the door. This keeps them insulated and protects them from cracking and absorbing other flavors.

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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