Clutter isn’t just for your household closets. Your refrigerator can get out of control just as easily. If you are like most people too, your refrigerator probably needs a good clean! There can be expired condiments, week of leftovers and molding food if you’re not too careful.
Therefore, organizing your refrigerator is important!
You don’t want to waste your time hunting for the right ingredient when you are hungry. It’s best to be able to reach inside the fridge and find the item you are looking for easily. Making sure you have a have “home” for every food item in your fridge can help keep everything organize.
Here are 16 ways you can keep your refrigerator organized.
Tips to Organize Your Refrigerator
- Clean out your fridge regularly. Tossing anything that isn’t good anymore. This will help you see what you have. Creating space for new food purchases and reducing the need for occasional major-time cleaning.
- Place rarely used items at the back or bottom of the fridge. Keep more frequently used within easy reach.
- Place paper towels inside fruit and vegetable bins so drips are easier to clean up.
- Keep your frustration levels down from those messy refrigerator spill by covering the shelves with plastic wrap.
- Group the same types of food items together. This will help you get an idea of what you have when it’s time to write up a shopping list. You will also know where to reach when you want a certain food item too!
- If you have older produce or food items that have been in the fridge longer and will expire sooner, place these items together. Separate them from newer purchases so you can use the old items first before moving onto the new ones.
- Any items that are going to drop, such as meat and poultry, place them on the bottom shelf where it will cause the least damage. Meat and poultry is likely to cause contaminate to other foods so make sure you store them below.
- Food store in the door will be exposed to higher temperatures, so keep the dairy products and perishable items there.
- Always refill ice trays or check them if you don’t use ice for a while. Ice cubes can “shrink” leaving you without when you need them.
- When you aren’t sure where something should or shouldn’t be refrigerated or frozen, don’t guess. Do a quick search online before you might take the chance of ruining something.
Hacks to Help You Stay Organized
- Always label and date anything you have wrapped up in tinfoil, placed in a freezer bag, or stored in a plastic container. You won’t have to worry about guessing the mystery food!
- Keep a roll of masking tape and a sharpie near the fridge so you can make sure you label!
- Use turntables to help you reach the stuff in the back of the fridge.
- Buy stackable containers if you store a lot of food in containers. This will help fit the storage containers in the fridge that uses less space. You can find specialized containers for wine, soda cans, and uniquely shaped items.
- Use deep drawers within a drawer or on a shelf.
- To avoid buying things you already have, take a photo of your refrigerator before you go grocery shopping.