I took it upon myself to remedy this troubling situation, using Arduino to build a fridge alarm that would let us know when the door had been left open too long. The alarm ran flawlessly for six months, reducing the number of spoiled lunches and saving untold gallons of unicorn tears and panda fur oil!
The alarm uses a hall effect sensor and a neodymium magnet to sense when the refrigerator door is opened, at which point the Arduino starts counting down.
If the door is open for more than a minute the alarm sounds, filling the studio with smash 80s hits until the situation is addressed.
The scripts to make it happen certainly didn’t spring fully-formed from my head, and I found sketching to be an incredibly useful tool for thinking through all the different programmatic states of the fridge.