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When the fridge freezer started smoking we had a bit of decision to make in terms of a replacement. 


We have always disliked the fact that it had to live in the dining area, rather than the kitchen proper, so when we had the push to replace it what would we do? There was still no space in the kitchen for a fridge freezer and we were reluctant to buy another and have to put it in the same place. So we made the decision to just buy a fridge with a small ice box and do without the freezer. 

I did use the freezer a lot, but when we emptied it ready to be taken away I had to face up to the fact it was a little bit of a dumping area. If we hadn't eaten something I'd shove it in the freezer, a recipe that didn't quite work, stick it in the freezer, buy in bulk, stick it in the freezer. Which is fine, it meant there was always something to eat, but most of the time it wasn't something we really wanted. If we wanted it it wouldn't have ended up there.

Although a few things went into the bin, I did rescue some dough and turned them into something, usually Dan's job, but I don't think I did too badly. 



Half a dozen pitta



and two smoked garlic bread. 


The new fridge has plenty of room for our needs, along with the roasted squash on the bottom shelf are two tubs of soup and tucked behind is a tub of lentil bol. Above there's half a tin of tomatoes and some other essentials which leaves the salad drawer for all our other veg. The ice box is just visible, we have plenty of space left even with some ice packs, ice cubes, peas and a packet of sausages already inside. You can see the space where the new fridge lives here.

The dining area seemed a little empty afterwards so we borrowed the shelving unit from the living area and popped it in that space instead. 



As the old song goes - such a little thing makes such a big difference. 

Comments

  1. It's surprising what a difference a small change can make. We often struggle with space as our house is only small so I'm often thinking of ways to maximise storage. X

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    1. Our kitchen is poorly laid out, the last owner rented it out rather than living here so everything was just done in the cheapest way possible (not that I'm saying all landlords do that, just that this one did).

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  2. It really does make a big difference, the shelving unit looks perfect there.

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    1. The extra space is great. I thought it was maybe a bit of wood overload at first, but I'm getting used to it now.

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  3. A much better use of space, and as you eat a lot of fresh bits I can see how you can manage, and I have to say I think I probably could if I tried.

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    1. We always wanted to do it, but obviously we weren't going to get rid of a working appliance just to make the dining area look a bit nicer. I'm a bit surprised how useful the ice box is so far.

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  4. Things go into my freezer never to come it again!

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    1. That's exactly it. My freezer was full but there was a lot of stashed stuff in there!

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  5. I think you made a good decision if you didn't use the freezer that much and it has no doubt transformed your dining room by the look of it.

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    1. We did use the freezer a lot, but it was just a convenient stashing place rather than anything really making the kitchen run in a more efficient way.

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  6. I like the shelf there and the phone is cool :)

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