I am a mess.  I do not keep house like I should, I don’t eat like I should and I certainly don’t exercise like I should.  All these combined makes for a chaotic life.

I try.  Really I do.  But three obnoxious boys running around leaving a wake of mess behind them makes me discouraged and exhausted.  Now the holidays are coming.  This means a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner and a big family Christmas party are just around the corner.  I need to get my act together!

Lucky for me, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® is here to help.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is out to help people like me get on the right track before the holidays.  They want to show people how easy it is to get your refrigerator in order and stocked with healthier food choices.  This way, when you need something, you can be sure to Reach Right and grab healthy and fresh foods.

I started my holiday Reach Right mission by first cleaning out my refrigerator.  Oh man!  What I found was amusing and frightful!

My fridge was an embarrassing mess!  You can see by the “before” pictures above (click if you are brave enough to see it enlarged), that I had multiple half-empty and expired bottles of bar-b-que sauce, mustard and ketchup!  WTH?  I had no idea I had so many bottles hiding in the depths of my fridge.  I found a mystery meat (?) wrapped up in foil and very sticky shelves.  I also found bottles with a 2008 expiration date!   No wonder, despite having “no” groceries, I never had any room in my fridge to put stuff.

Well, the nice people at I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter have gotten me all fixed up!

I received all the supplies necessary to get my fridge ready for the holiday’s as well as tips to make keeping my fridge clean in the future.

How to Clean a Refrigerator

You may think that cleaning your fridge is a pretty easy, no-brainer task.  But the link above has all kinds of tips that I didn’t know.  Tips like:

  • Turn down the temperature in your fridge.  You will have the door open for a while and you want it to stay cold.
  • Use a mild dish detergent to clean the shelves.  You wouldn’t want to use bleach or harsh chemicals near your food now would you?
  • Rinse with a vinegar/water solution.  Anyone who cleans with vinegar knows how fabulous it is at killing odors and making things sparkle.
  • Throw out anything that is expired or nearly empty.  There really is no need to have 6 half used bottles of ketchup…no matter how much you like ketchup!
  • Put a fresh box of baking soda in the back to absorb any future odors.
  • Use laminated labels on your tupperware’s to mark the contents and dates of your leftovers.  I love these erasable labels from the Container Store.

Once your refrigerator is sparkling clean, head to the store and buy some items to restock it.  It’s so much more motivating to buy healthier items when I know it’s going into a pretty and clean fridge!

This is a great list of kid friendly items to keep stocked in your refrigerator.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter wants to encourage you to add their products to your new healthier fridge, too.  With 70% less saturated fat than butter, NO cholesterol and NO hydrogenated oils, it’s a great way to keep a healthier butter option available to your family.  I get to give away FIVE coupons for a free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product (Note:  the coupon I received for my “free” butter had a max value of $2.99, but my store charged about $3.50 for a tub.  So depending on your store, it might not be completely free…but very cheap).

Because I’m lazy this weekend, I will give coupons to the FIRST FIVE COMMENTORS who tell me their secret for keeping a healthy refrigerator.  Super easy!

CONTEST IS CLOSED.  FIRST FIVE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN EMAILED!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you and get your mailing address.  Contest open to residents of the US only.  One entry per household.

FTC Disclosure:  I received coupons for (nearly) free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter products, and supplies for cleaning and re-stocking my refrigerator (including plastic containers, labels, baking soda, dishsoap and $50 giftcard),  opinions expressed on my blog are always my own!