The OCG with OCD

You know how it starts with “There’s a lot of crumbs in this toaster” and ends with taking the whole kitchen back to studs? Yeah, that. I’m the Original Canadian Gangster with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Today I cleaned the fridge.

This is the before shot. Click to embiggify.

Now before I show you the after shot, let’s talk about the before state of my fridge a little. If you look closely, you can see a Styrofoam container with chicken breasts leaning against a Dijon mustard container. You can see mangoes in the vegetables drawer. You can see an eggplant right on the edge of the fist shelf, a ziploc container on the edge of the second shelf. Short containers in tall spaces, tall things in short spaces. Yogurts on two different shelves.


Now here’s what I did without throwing anything away. In fact, I even added a juice container.

This is the after shot. Click to embiggify.

Of course I started by cleaning the inside of the fridge and all the shelves themselves. I swear I’m the only guy in the world who knows that those glass inserts actually come out of the plastic frame if you pry hard enough.

Notice how all the yogurt is huddled together. Notice how tall items are on a tall shelf, and short items are on a short shelf. when they share a shelf, taller items go in the back, and shorter items go in front so we can read the labels – which are all facing forward in case you didn’t notice. Fruits are in the fruits drawer, vegetables in the vegetables drawer and meat is in… The meat drawer. Notice how nothing is precariously perched at the edge of a shelf, and how nothing touches the inside surface of the fridge to facilitate better airflow?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I just realized I didn’t clean the items in the door.



  1. Funny, looks like I’ve got the same fridge model as you do, except for the stainless part.

    For the glass incerts, I did exactly that 2 weekends ago, so you’re not the only one, but hey! I’m canadian too! 🙂

  2. yeah. awesome. I went through our paperwork last night. My husband is the kind of guy that likes to save receipt for EVERYTHING. Seriously, friggin grocery receipts from 2003 were in that pile.

    I filled up two whole grocery bags worth of USELESS RECEIPTS!!!

    And filled and sorts and OH MY GOD ITS ALMOST BETTER THAN SEX.


    1. People asked you to do that for them? I would be mortified if anyone else came to clean my crap. I’d be the kind of client who cleans before the cleaning lady gets here, you know?

  3. You are awesome.
    I constantly rearrange my fridge, because EVERYTHING has its place, and that’s where they go. Of course, only I seem to know this. Well, my daughter does, to a large extent, but definitely NOT my husband!

  4. I was going to ask you to clean my fridge since it’s due, but then I saw you don’t do other people’s. What if I paid you? Or told you I live in Ft. Lauderdale and it’s 82 degrees (27 C) here?

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