When we first looked at our now house, there was a fridge in the kitchen. With some foreclosures, sometimes appliances, carpets, parts of walls can be missing. (To be fair, the previous occupants flung mug-fulls of coffee all over the carpet and blinds, so there's that.) I made the sincere mistake of opening said fridge upon the first walk through and realize there was stuff inside.
This house had been sitting vacant for two & a half years.
I was ready to chuck it and then bleach myself afterwards, but my mother took it upon herself to bleach/clean/drop an atom bomb to the fridge and thus, it was usable when we moved in. It had it's quirks, like the time I put a bottle of Grey Goose in the freezer, took it out a day later to have a shot and realized the bottle was completely frozen solid. But it worked for the most part.
The husband got it to work for a time, but it still shuts off every now and then. We were manually turning it on and off and I was ready to pitch it off a cliff. I still am. But we are also borrowing a mini fridge and can fit a surprising amount of food in it.
And honestly? I like it better. It means I have to use it or lose and I don't end up buying unnecessary items at the store. Bread and our water pitcher don't need to be refrigerated, so that saves space too.
Ever since I read The Zero Waste Home, it's inspired me to purge our possessions. And even beyond that, rethink how I use stuff. Perfect example: I have a cute sundress that I'm wearing tomorrow. No, the cold has not driven me insane (give me until February). I'm wearing a shirt over the dress and pairing it with my boots. For the past year or so, even before I read the book, I had been slowly eliminating a lot of my clothes. If it didn't fit me darn near perfect or didn't have at least two functions or wasn't properly made, out it went. I donated enough clothes that I was able to get rid of the extra wardrobe we bought last year. The husband and I can even share a closet.
I also have a mantra when I'm out shopping. If I don't have a purpose for it or if I have something similar at home, I don't buy it. We have so much excess in our lives, especially around the holidays. I enjoy less. Less means less to clean, organize, heat, cool, etc.
Now, how to get a fridge out of the kitchen when both doorways are smaller than the fridge itself.....