It’s so easy for your fridge to get unorganized. All day long people are taking things in and out. And if you’re in a rush when you’re cooking, you’re likely not caring where you put things back down! Over time this can lead to a messy refrigerator….like mine. To help you take control of your fridge again, check out these 5 Tips to Help You Organize Your Refrigerator.
Don’t worry. I went to a pro (my sister) because we all know I am working on my lack of organizational skills. Check out how organized her fridge is!
5 Tips to Help You Organize Your Refrigerator
1. Use Your Fridge’s Drawers Properly
Your fridge came with specifically designed humidity controlled drawers. When you organize your refrigerator, make sure to use them properly! Depending on whether you’re storing fruit, vegetables, or meat in them, adjust their humidity dials or sliders to the appropriate settings. Then move all excess food items out of them and onto a shelf or another drawer.
2. Be Mindful of What You Put On the Fridge Door
If the inside of your fridge door is a mess, now is the time to really think about what you’ve put on it. Likely there are several things there that would be better off in a drawer or on a shelf. The only things you should put on the door are foods that won’t be affected by continually being separated from the cool interior and being exposed to room temperature air every time the door is opened. This is the perfect place for juices, condiments, and sauces, but a horrible place for milk and eggs.
3. Put Sensitive Items in the Back
Anything that’s really heat sensitive should be moved to the back when you organize your refrigerator. This includes eggs, milk, yogurt, and anything else that may be easily affected by your warm house air when you open the fridge. Do your best to slide those to the back of their respective shelves and pull other less-sensitive items to the front.
4. Add Your Own Plastic Bins
Likely, you’re going to need more storage than what your refrigerator came with. While any bins you add cannot be temperature controlled, they can help store meat, vegetables, and other food products in neat separated areas. If you buy some refrigerated items in bulk, this is an easy way to keep them from looking like piles of food and instead make them look neat and orderly. This is also a great way to make your refrigerator easy for your kids to navigate. Put their juice boxes, applesauce, and other snacks in neat little bins toward the front.
5. Put Labels on Shelves and Bins
If you really want to organize your refrigerator, consider sticking labels on any bins you added, or directly on the shelves themselves. You could put multiple labels on a shelf if you wanted to designate different zones. These labels will both help you and your family find things in the fridge and will help you keep your fridge organized. It’ll be obvious when something is out of place, and you’ll be motivated to put it back in its appropriate area!
Is your refrigerator in need of some reorganization?