Time to Clean Out, Make Room!


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, November 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

No one is certain how the day came to be; Holiday Insights claims it found references suggesting that Whirlpool Home Appliances was promoting the day, but could then find no reference to it on the manufacturer’s website.

The idea, as far as anyone can tell, is to get rid of those odd, no longer recognizable food-like substances in the back of your refrigerator so that you can move the next generation of leftovers to the back of the box and give them the chance to form their own strains of penicillin.

And in doing so, viola! — you’ve just made room for the leftovers about to come from Thanksgiving Day!

I’ve made some progress cleaning out mine over the past few weeks. (Yes, slow progress, but it’s still progress.) The majority of things of questionable expiration status are now things like ketchup, which I don’t use all that often, anyway. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I hope to have plenty of room for too much food I don’t need to eat, anyway.

How about you? Are you planning to clean out your refrigerator any time soon, or are you waiting for your nearest Hazmat team to get in touch with you to schedule an appointment?


  1. I live with a biochemist, so it is obligatory that I make the same joke before throwing away any un-recognizably green and furry discovery from the back of the fridge: “Honey, is this vital to the future health of the world?” Occasionally, he answers yes. I still throw it out!

  2. I one of the ones who need a Level A suit to clean out my refrigerator and I have to wait until the town has its annual hazardous waste pick-up.

  3. I’m one of those annoying people who clears out the fridge every week, at least, and removes everything to wipe it down at least once a month so nothing stays in there long enough to become a science experiment.

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