Ree Drummond faced a messy fridge after a hectic holiday season—but she whipped it into shape in true Food Network fashion.
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If there’s one time a year that we all dive head first into cleaning out the refrigerator, it’s in the new year. How can you have a fresh start if last year’s haunts are still hanging out in your fridge?

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Proving yet again that she’s just like us, Food Network star Ree Drummond found herself facing the same issue. And how she tackled her messy, unorganized fridge could really help inspire you to get a grip on your own.

She took to Instagram this week to share both “before” and “after” photos of what she describes as “not a crazy Pinterest-worthy fridge transformation.” You’ll find, however, step-by-step instructions on turning cluttered, messy shelves into what seems like near perfect organization.

It’s inspiring, to say the least—Drummond is a mother to four, meaning she has to stuff many essentials into her fridge. But her approach to grouping similar food items and staples by shelf is clear, and something anyone could easily adapt to their own kitchen.

“Bacon was in with the grapes, old sweet potato soup was languishing, dogs and cats were living together,” she tells her fans. “So yesterday afternoon I pulled it all out, removed and scrubbed the shelves, and put everything back in a more sane order.”

If the Pioneer Woman could somehow find time in her schedule to transform a chaotic array of food into what seemingly appears to be a grocery store display, could we do the same? It takes a little elbow grease, but the rewards are greater than you think—Drummond says she got an organized fridge and found fresh staples that she forgot she even had.

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“I wound up with a bunch of kale, spinach, arugula, a few other veggies I didn’t know I had,” she writes. “A million strawberries, and I realized I can mark ‘cheese’ off my grocery list until the year 2029. The butter, on the other hand, might last until Saturday…”