I have a special guest for you today!!   Sandy is my sweet friend and the fabulous lady behind the Reluctant Entertainer.  We were able to meet for the first time last year in Napa and have plans to see each other at EVO ’11 in July!

Thank you, Sandy, for all of the awesome advice, support and inspiration you give by reminding us to move past our fears and open our homes to others.


Thank you, Tidy Mom, for inviting me to be your guest here today! Don’t you just love Cheryl? I do! She’s excellent with food, recipes, home tips, being a good mom and friend, and keeping the house nice and tidy, too!

Today, as I share about my clean fridge, I think we should consider having a “I’m Lovin’ Cheryl Day,” don’t you? 🙂 Cheryl’s definitely one of those “Balcony Girls” in my life and I appreciate her a lot.

Picture clutter on fridge

Last week I was looking around my kitchen to see what I could do to make it sparkle a bit more, knowing we had another dinner party coming up. I had already put a lot of miscellaneous stuff away, canning jars that needed to go out into the garage, white platters that belonged in their own spaces, and then my eyes met the messy fridge.

I knew I had to clean it off!

So all the Christmas pictures came down.

Refrigerator clutter

I used Windex to make the front shine!


And then I realized having a clean fridge front  actually made my kitchen feel larger.

Clean refrigerator

I always put pictures on my fridge after Christmas. And we enjoy our friends for a few months. But then they start to feel cluttered (sorry, friends!) and it’s time to put them away.

When’s the last time you’ve cleaned off the front of your fridge? Do you like the fresher feel?

And would you share with Cheryl and me what you do with all the wonderful Christmas picture/cards that you get in the mail every year?

Sandy Coughlin Reluctant EntertainerSandy Coughlin is the author of Reluctant Entertainer (blog) and her new book, The Reluctant Entertainer.  She’s a wife, mom of 3 teens, and a lover of food and dinner parties!