Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are 100% my own.
This might sound dramatic, but when we got two fridges side by side installed in our kitchen it was up there in the top five moments of my life. And I have five kids. Sorry middle child. I kid, I kid. But seriously – it was such a wonderful moment that has dramatically altered my life for the better and I can’t wait to share with you how and why and ALL.THE.REASONS.
We have a big family. Five kids. Lots of sippy cups. Two adults working from home. A daily ritual of eating at least two family meals around the table….most of the time three. It’s a sure-fire recipe for needing lots and lots of storage. Our old fridge died years ago and then came to life and then died again (hence its’ beloved nickname – the Zombie Fridge!) so we transferred everything to our basement fridge. Thank goodness for backups! Then we started looking at our options for a new fridge. The problem was none of the single fridges seemed big enough. They didn’t have enough space for gallon sized apple juice or family-sized portions of meats. If we kept the fridge where it was, it meant that we would still be tight on space….even with a working fridge.
That is when we concluded that our cooling-food-woes would be solved with one thing: more fridge space. And what is more spacious than one fridge? Two fridges. This is Bower Power guys – we keep our math simple. Side-by-side refrigerators were the new must-have on our list, but we couldn’t figure out how to fit them into our space. Finally, we figured out that if we switched the locations of our oven and our fridge, we could possibly squeeze in our dream. Then we realized we didn’t have enough room for the full fridge/full freezer solution because we were about 12″ too narrow.
ENTER MAYTAG. I was searching the Maytag site for a full fridge at 30″ wide when I saw it. The solution to all my food problems (well, not all of them….I still can’t figure out how to get the calories out of cookie dough) – it was using TWO bottom-freezer fridges side by side. It was a lightbulb moment that forever changed my life.
We put two Maytag 30-inch wide Bottom Mount Refrigerators next to each other and simply installed the handle and hinges so that they looked like a single unit. The craziest part is how many people ask if they were made this way! They legitimately look like this is how they could be sold! If you’re thinking “Katie, you’re crazy” and you’re interested in only purchasing one fridge (fine, I will accept this ☺), check out this ultimate fridge sizing guide to find a fridge that’s perfect for you!
Regardless, you may be wondering….
How did having two fridges change your life Katie?
Well….I’m so glad you asked. Consider the below breakdown my version of “spring cleaning.” 😉
- More Fresh Foods
Having more space meant that I could buy and store more fresh foods! Fruits and vegetables would constantly be eaten first and we would run out before getting a chance to visit the store again. Now, we have plenty of room to store them in the crispers and on the shelves so that we can get our “colors” in every day! Fresh foods can improve your immune system, help you maintain a good weight, and make you feel better!
- Kid Friendly options
We allow our big kids to get snacks out of the fridge. Before, there was no designated drawer or spot that they went to. We couldn’t spare the real estate! Sometimes everything would be mixed together – the Girl Scout Cookies were in with the healthy options. Now we have a drawer that is full of apple sauces and yogurts for the kids to grab on the go! And I don’t know if this is science but when my kids eat better and aren’t experiencing sugar lows or highs, they are happier and more active!
- Room for the drinks
I tend to be the person that doesn’t drink enough water during the day. I fill up a cup and end up leaving it 95% full on the counter and repeat all day long. At the end of the day, I’m wondering why I have headaches and leg cramps. I am much better with water bottles or sparkling water. My kids like to have juice options for breakfast and we have adult beverages for family and friends that pop over! Before our two fridges, all these drinks left very little room for all the other necessary food. But now with two fridges, we can fit all the drinks. Yay for being hydrated!
- Freezer space galore
One of my time saving hacks is to buy those steam bags of veggies and throw them in the microwave. With a big family that likes big family dinners, we go through them FAST….but I like having the ease of using them. So now with double the freezer space, I can store lots of veggies and hope that they will help cancel out the sugar from the mint chocolate chip ice cream. 🙂
- Less trips to the grocery store
One thing I did notice after getting two fridges is that I spend less time going to the grocery store now that I have room to store things. I can buy more items in advance and have more options of meals. With all that saved time, I can make better meals for the family, spend more time on the floor playing puzzles and maybe even make our bed! #fancy
- Save more moolah
I am constantly trying to buy in bulk….it is a sure-fire way to save money! But you can only buy in bulk or the family packs if you have places to put the groceries. Before, I would opt for the bigger items and stuff it all in the freezer making it virtually impossible to access. This was a constant battle and I was just asking for spoiled food. Now I can fit it all in, allowing for breathing room (which, by the way, makes your fridge more effective). It also helps us save money. Oh and get new shoes. That’s an important part of this tip. 🙂
- Stress less
This might just be me but I am constantly paranoid about meats touching non-meats. I want the meats to have their own section. Nobody wants to gamble with chicken juice…trust me on that one. So, having a double fridge means that I can dedicate an entire area to meats, which is such a relief. It’s like yoga for my brain. Also, these refrigerators have a fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish, which means less sticky pawprints from the kids, which makes cleaning up so much easier! We can check that to-do off our spring cleaning checklist by using only water and a cloth!
- Better family time
One of the things I value most is eating at home with the kids. But admittedly there were times before that I didn’t have a chance to run to the store and so we would grab fast food or eat random junk that none of us were really into. That being said, now that I have two fridges, I can have LOTS of options and it feels much more manageable to meal plan! I imagine that as the kids get older, this precious family dinner will become even more complicated to arrange – but important! Not having to worry about getting the food at the last minute is going to be priceless!
There are probably like seventeen other reasons why I love having two fridges but for now, you get the point. It’s life changing. It’s divine. It’s something I recommend for ANYONE. AND IT LOOKS AMAZING. I cannot recommend it enough. Do you have a side by side? Do you want one? Is it just me or is this a huge life saver for big families?
And for those of you wondering – I had 62.5″ of space on this wall and two 30″ fridges fit perfectly. This is the model that I had – #MBF1958FEZ . Believe it or not, it’s actually the most cost-effective option!
You can also check out this page to find the best Maytag refrigerator for your family – I found it super helpful when we were doing our research! The best part? May is Maytag Month!! From May 3 until June 6, Maytag is offering amazing deals on kitchen and laundry appliances. Check back HERE in May for more information 🙂