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A disorganized refrigerator is a disaster. You can’t see what foods you’ve got stashed inside, which means some items will spoil and need to be tossed, wasting money. A cluttered fridge also makes it more time-consuming to prepare meals and even draw up your grocery list, as you have no idea what foods you have on hand. Why is there one apple on every shelf?
Luckily, a messy fridge is easy to fix. Here’s how to organize your refrigerator.
Make sure to store your food in the proper spot.
Before you even think about how to organize your refrigerator, you need to know which foods should go where. The door is the warmest part of the fridge, so it’s the place for low-spoilage foods such as condiments. The bottom shelf is the coldest, so put raw meat, poultry and fish there. The middle shelves have the most consistent temps, so that’s where to stash deli meats, soft cheeses, eggs and other items that need to be cold, but aren’t prone to quick spoilage.
Adjust your shelves.
Are you constantly trying to cram larger items into too-small spaces, or do you have a lot of wasted space above small containers? Determine the general heights of the items you repeatedly buy, then adjust the shelf heights accordingly.
Use clear refrigerator organization bins.
Group together like items—jams and jellies, yogurt and cream cheese, cans of sparkling water—and place the items in clear bins. You can easily see your food this way, plus the bins will keep everything in neat rows. Stack bins whenever possible. Buy these clear storage containers now on Amazon.
Use a stackable wine rack to hold bigger bottles.
If you typically have several larger bottles in your fridge, such as wine, juice or lemonade, place them on their sides in a wine rack.
Create an “Eat Me First” bin.
Before you add newly purchased food to your fridge, gather items reaching their expiration date and toss into a bin labeled “Eat Me First.” Place the bin front and center in the fridge.
Label your shelves and drawers.
It’s tempting to shove items back in the fridge without thought, but that invites chaos. Instead, indicate where items go by labeling your shelves and drawers.
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