Welcome to the 417th Metamorphosis Monday!
I’ve often thought about adding a small refrigerator to the upstairs for those times when I’m in the mood for a cold drink but reluctant to stop working to go downstairs. Also, going downstairs makes it a little too convenient for snacking, one of the dangers of working from home.
Adding a Peloton Cycle to my dressing room just off the master bedroom, gave me one more reason to consider adding an upstairs fridge. (Find more information about the bike in this post: My Peloton Cycle, A Healthy Addiction)
More than once I’ve hopped on the bike for a spin class, only to discover about 10 minutes into the class that I’ve forgotten to get my water bottle from the refrigerator downstairs. You can’t “pause” a class once it’s underway and taking a 45 minute spin class with nothing to drink is not a great experience. It definitely impacts your ride.
So I finally went for it! After doing a fair amount of research online, I ordered a small beverage cooler. Since having the cooler here in my exercise space, aka, dressing room, I haven’t forgotten my water before starting a spin class even once. So, it seems to be working well for helping me remember.
I’ve also discovered I love it for grabbing a drink first thing in the morning. You’re so dehydrated after 8 hours without water. In the past, I was bad about going straight into the office and starting work right away. Now I grab a cool drink and by the time I’m done checking email and approving comments that have come in overnight, I’m alert and hydrated. This little refrigerator is fast becoming one of those “how did I live without it” additions to my home.
I had quite the struggle deciding on the size beverage cooler I wanted for this space. I was worse than Goldilocks trying to pick a bed! At first I thought the smallest 48-can size would be perfect, but after looking at it more closely, I realized it wouldn’t be right for my needs. I wouldn’t be needing a lot of storage for canned drinks, instead, I would need space for taller beverages.
I ordered the mid-size, 78-can cooler, but by the time it arrived, I had already decided to go with the larger, 115-can size. The 78-can size has three shelves, but one of those would need to be removed to accommodate taller water bottles, leaving me with only two shelves for storage. Plus, the bottom shelf is already a bit smaller due to the design of the cooler.
I also began realizing how handy this cooler would be for the holidays or anytime I’m having a party and need extra cooling storage. When the 78-can cooler arrived, I returned it without even opening it. So the one you see below is the one I ultimately chose, the 115-can size, which is 3.2 cu. ft of storage.
The door hinges can be moved to the other side, so the door can be adjusted to open either direction. I thought about doing that, but I think I like it this way best.
I have the light on inside for these photos, but most of the time it remains off. Refrigerators/coolers have gotten so efficient. This one only costs around $30 to run per year. Definitely worth it to me for the convenience it adds.
The cooler came with four shelves. I removed one (it’s sitting on the top of the cooler) and rearranged the shelves to hold the drinks I want to keep on hand. Thanks to Nicole for suggesting Kill Cliff in THIS previous post. It’s a “recovery” drink that was created by a Navy Seal who wanted a healthier (and better tasting) alternative to the sports drinks that were already available. It’s slightly carbonated and I really like it. I purchased it here: Kill Cliff
Being a new toy, I couldn’t wait to load it up! lol Doubt it will normally be this well stocked, but it was fun filling it with some faves for this post.
I was curious to see if it was cooling down to the temperature I had chosen since a few folks had complained that the refrigerator wasn’t getting as low as they wanted. It’s supposed to cool all the way down to 33 degrees, if needed. I purchased a thermometer to test it.
Tip: To make sure I had a fairly reliable thermometer, I compared several while standing in the store and narrowed it down to the those that were all saying the same temperature for the store. Some were several degrees off. This one came with suction cups, but I like it hanging here on the front.
The cooler did easily reach the 40 degree setting I had chosen.. I bumped it down to 38 degrees and it had no trouble reaching that, too. In this photo, the thermometer is showing higher because I had the door open for a while taking photos.
Here’s how it looks with all the lights off in the room, and the light inside the cooler turned on. Kinda pretty! I leave the light off the majority of the time, but I have to admit, I do like seeing it on while I’m riding. It’s the carrot in front of the horse theory–I can see the treat that awaits, once I finish my class. lol The Kill Cliff really hits the spot after a 45-minute spin class.
I’m very much enjoying this little cooler. It’s quiet as a mouse when running, so I’m pleased with its performance thus far. The brand for this one is Insignia and I purchased it from Best Buy. If you prefer to shop on Amazon for free shipping, you’ll find similar beverage coolers available here: Beverage Cooler.
Update: I know some folks may be wondering why I didn’t place this cooler underneath the dressing table in this area. All the beverage coolers I considered were too tall to fit under the dressing table. The only one that would have been short enough was the small, 48-can size, and I didn’t want a cooler that small.
Also, I like that it’s hidden where it is and only visible when you are actually inside the dressing room. It’s not visible at all from the bedroom. Having it on the counter makes me feel a bit better in case it were to ever leak a little condensation, although from what I’ve read in the reviews, this hasn’t been a problem. I may look for one of those little trays that you can place underneath appliances, just to be extra safe, but again, I don’t think that will be a problem since it’s just a beverage cooler and not a refrigerator with a freezer.
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