7 Fridge Organization Ideas – How to Organize a Fridge

It’s mesmerizing to look at well-organized, color-coordinated refrigerator. (Try not to get lost in the perfectly placed peppers above.) But actually, an organized fridge also saves time and money. If you know exactly what’s inside, grocery shopping and mealtimes become way more efficient, with less food waste and unpleasant smells.

To get started, experts from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen recommend prioritizing the foods that you reach for most. From there, categorize items into groups and place them in clear containers (key word: clear) for a more uniform look. The rest is up you: Stock up on different storage solutions to help combat rolling soda cans, overloaded snack drawers, and your growing wine stash.

When placing items on shelves, consider what makes most sense for you — and for the food itself. Most people keep milk on the top shelf or in the door but it should go on the back of the bottom shelf where it’s coldest. Same goes for eggs: Store eggs in their original cartons on middle or top shelves where temperatures are more consistent. Reserve the fridge door for condiments, butters, soft cheeses, and processed juices.

If you have young children, stick their go-to snacks

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8 Ways to Make Your Home A Cozy Haven

This year, the phrase “winter is coming” has new, anxiety-provoking overtones. After a year in which our lives were upended and our roots planted firmly at home, it can be daunting to think about another significant stretch of time inside.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little forethought, you can transform your house into a home, making it a haven for cool weather ahead — a place you really want to be. Here’s how.

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Disinfectant Granite & Stone Clean & Shine

As we head into cold and flu season — in a year where viruses are already top of mind — there’s nothing more important than stocking up on all the tools you’ll need to keep your home cleaner and safer during the cold season.

It’s a common misconception that all cleaning products disinfect, says Carolyn Forte, director of the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. And cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are not one and the same. Cleaning removes any visible mess from a surface by washing and rinsing, typically with soap and water, but it does not automatically disinfect. Sanitizing is one step better,

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Houston Botanic Garden’s surprising cactus garden and more – part 2

September 25, 2020

During my inaugural visit to the brand-new Houston Botanic Garden last weekend, my eyes widened when I rounded a bend and saw this — a rocky garden of agave, yucca, and cactus. After all, this is Houston, city of sauna-like summers and 50 inches of annual rainfall. You just don’t see agaves or xeric plants in great numbers in Houston.

Naturally I loved it, agave freak that I am.

It’s called Arid Valley. So what do you think? Is this the garden version of an uncanny valley? Hah, no. It looks quite authentic, actually. But as my daughter pointed out, it feels more like a canyon with those stratified rock walls. So we’ve renamed it Desert Canyon in our heads — sorry, HBG!

Sunset-hued Arizona onyx boulders stacked into low walls are backfilled with gravelly soil for dry-loving plants.

‘Jaws’ agave showing off its toothy leaves

They even have torch cactus, which I never see in Austin. Houston is a hardiness zone warmer than Austin (in addition to being much rainier), which must make this possible.

This matte blue beauty is Agave americana ‘Kerbey Lane’. I’ve been to Austin’s original Kerbey Lane Cafe many times but

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