See that your fridge is always cluttered? Can’t find any of the things you’re looking for? Here are 9 fridge organization tips.
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Have you ever scrolled on Tik Tok and seen those organization videos of people organizing their fridges? Isn’t it satisfying to watch? I spend literally hours watching fridge organization TikTok.
Then you open your fridge and notice how absolutely disorganized it is? Well, *raises hand* I can totally relate!
Here are 9 simple ways on how you can organize your fridge so you can feel like #organizationtiktok.
This blog post is about fridge organization tips.
why you should organize your fridge
Having an organized fridge can help you know what you are running low on and to avoid buying an item twice (guilty of this!).
Another reason why you should organize your fridge is for food safety. After taking a food safety course, I look at my fridge in an entirely different way.
For example, it is a big no no to have vegetables on the same shelves as meat (especially if the meat is raw). In addition, another thing you shouldn’t do is have your raw meat on a shelf higher than your vegetables.
This will help limit any food poisoning and bacteria getting mixed into your fruits and vegetables.
Lastly, having a crowded fridge can make your fridge work overtime to keep everything cool. Plus we don’t want to spend extra money on a new fridge when all we need to do is follow these 11 fridge organization tips.
How Do You Organize a Cluttered Fridge?
Here are __ fridge organization tips that can have you go from digging in your fridge to finding that item within 0.5 sections.
Tip #1: Declutter
This has to be the number 1 thing I suggest to everybody who has a cluttered fridge. Take this time to look through every container, check the expiry date, everything!
You may find some moldy dishes, take-out containers or an item you bought months ago that you thought was finished.
Going through your fridge will help you understand what gets eaten and what nobody touches.
Tip #2: Adjust Your Shelves
Adjusting your shelves can help with your fridge organization better and plus this doesn’t have to be permanent.
You can adjust your shelves one way and then if it doesn’t work you can always change it again.
PRO TIP: Adjust your shelves after cleaning them. I tend to adjust my shelves anytime I’m washing the shelves. Kill two birds with one stone am I right?
Tip #3: Give each food group an area
Another fridge organization tip is to organize your fridge by food groups. These are the groups I have in my fridge;
- Fruits & vegetables
- Meats & eggs
Then I place each group within their own section. For example, I tend to place dairy products on the door, vegetables and fruit go into the crisper drawers we have. Drinks go onto shelves in containers.
In addition, I place the meat on the bottom of the fridge (due to food safety – what we will discuss earlier).
You can decide how you want your food groups to be organized in your fridge. Just remember food safety should be your top priority.
Tip #4: Purchase containers
Another fridge organization tip that you have probably seen everywhere is; purchase clear containers
One thing I am super excited to talk about is fridge containers! One of my top 10 purchases I made for our apartment.
With my set, it came with an egg container, then various sizes of clear containers so you can see what is inside each container.
If you are looking for ways to make more space in your fridge without having things stacked on top of each other, I highly suggest getting these containers.
Since using these containers, you can limit the amount of packaging you have in your fridge.
Tip #5: Label Bins
This is optional to do but if you are the type of person where everything has a home, then this one’s for you. Labeling your bins.
By labeling your bins, you and anyone who visits will automatically know where things are just by reading the labels.
You can make your own or you can purchase these stickers on Etsy.
Tip #6: Add Shelf Liners
Placing shelf and drawer liners can keep your fridge cleaner longer. You can place these on all shelves or only the ones that you notice that make the most mess.
For example, when putting meat on the lower shelf, you can place a shelf liner in the fridge just in case any meat juice tends to drip inside the fridge.
This fridge organization tip is great for people who hardly have the time to do a deep fridge clean.
Lots of shelf liners allow you to take them out and wash them, or wipe them from inside the fridge!
Tip #7: Put Fruits And Vegetables Up Front
I can’t be the only one where I buy fruits and vegetables, forget about them, and then they get spoiled?
Here is a fridge organization hack for you, place your fruits and vegetables closer to the front!
Having your fruits and vegetables up close. This will help you to use the products you have bought and limit the chances of them getting spoiled.
I tried this trick and I can honestly say I use every single produce we have bought on our grocery trip.
You can place your produce in the crisper upfront. Or wash and then place them inside clear containers.
PRO TIP: Make sure you separate the fruits from the vegetables. Fruits can produce a form of gas that can spoil your vegetables faster.
Keeping your fruits and vegetables separate increases the chance of shelf life for your produce.
Tip #8: Herb Container
Notice your herbs tend to spoil super fast in your fridge? Well, they aren’t stored properly. The containers the herbs come in can only last a certain time before they can’t close again.
So if you love to put fresh herbs inside your meals, I highly suggest getting a herb container.
A herb container will increase the lifespan of your herbs and you don’t have to deal with the pesky herb container it originally comes in.
Tip #9: Keep your Fridge Smelling Fresh
One thing I love is to keep my fridge smelling fresh no matter what. It’s not a fridge organization tip but it’s something that everybody should do.
The best way you can keep your fridge from smelling bad is by placing an open box of baking soda.
Another idea is placing a cotton ball or paper towel covered in vanilla extract on a plate inside the fridge. Then place it inside the fridge to deodorize the smell.
Once the cotton ball/paper towel is dry, you can take out the plate and your fridge will stop smelling funny.