One area that is sometimes overlooked in kitchen organization is the inside of the refrigerator. Your pantry and cabinets may be neatly organized, but a functional organization system in a fridge will help reduce spoiled food. It will also make it easier to cook meals, and you will be able to make grocery lists more quickly. The ability to know what needs to be bought at a glance will make your life simpler.
Fridge Organization Tips
Arrange Your Fridge by “Department”
Grocery stores have departments to make it easier to find items, and you should mimic this inside your fridge. Designate sections of your fridge for dairy, vegetables, fruit, meats, condiments, bottled water, soda, juices, leftovers, deli meat, etc.
Adjust Your Shelves
Almost all fridges have adjustable shelves, so don’t hesitate to move shelving around based on your needs. If you find you want or need more shelving, there are products such as shelf risers that can help.
Use Drawers & Sections as Intended
Most refrigerators already have drawers or sections set aside for storing eggs, vegetables and meats. Use these drawers as intended, but make use of storage products to better contain these items.
Store Tall Items in the Door
Make use of the fridge door for storing tall items. Most fridge doors have door pockets deep enough to hold 2 liter soda bottles. Adjust your door pockets and fridge door shelving as needed.
Use Clear Bins to Contain Smaller Items
Linus Fridge Binz come in various sizes. They are clear and perfect for storing items such as yogurt and condiments together by type.
Use Water Bottle & Soda Can Holders
Choose Stackable Containers for Leftovers
There are many different types of containers from disposable to plastic to glass available to hold leftovers. Choose whatever type you like, but get a matching stackable set so you can easily fit more in your fridge.
Labeling leftovers, containers, and even fridge shelves will make it easier for everyone in your home to find items and put them away. Erasable food labels or freezer label stickers make labeling leftovers simple. You can label ziplock bags using a sharpie marker. The date is the most important detail to put on leftovers, but you may also want to put a more detailed description or indicate who the food belongs to, such as “John’s lunch”.
Check the Fridge Before Grocery Shopping
Before a grocery shopping trip, always check your fridge for the freshness of items, clear out spoiled food, and make space for the new groceries.
Create a Fridge Cleaning Schedule
Routinely clear out your fridge, ideally weekly or before each grocery shopping trip. Give your fridge interior a thorough wipe down and cleaning at least once every 3 months. Put fridge cleaning on your schedule, so you won’t forget.