Every aspect of your life is anchored energetically in your living space, so clearing clutter can completely transform your entire existence.
An organized fridge can make life easier for you. More specifically, with an orderly fridge, you are able to pack school and work lunches, plan and prepare tasty and healthy meals, and save valuable leftovers. The good news is that with a few simple tips, you can keep your fridge clean, organized, and hassle-free, so you spend less time rummaging around in it looking for what you need, and more time with friends and family, caring for children and pets, cooking yummy meals, doing what you want to do, and completing other household tasks.
Before you begin the “organization process,” clean out your fridge – from top to bottom. Check the dates on condiments, and throw away the ones that have expired. Also, remove items that have spoiled and those that you no longer use. Clean the inside of your fridge with a multi-purpose cleaner and a clean rag. Lastly, prepare to organize your fridge by placing items you plan to keep in categories. With a little time and effort, you can have the best fridge on the block. Listed below are smart ways to keep your fridge organized.
An effective way to keep your fridge organized is to place your condiments (i.e. salad dressings, marinades, mustard, ketchup, mayo, sauces, pickled veggies, etc.) in the plastic bins normally located on the fridge doors. Note: If your fridge does not have plastic bins attached to the sides of the fridge door, you can purchase plastic bins (for little-to-no cost) at Walmart, Dollar Store, Target, Lowes, or Home Depot, and place the bins on one of your fridge’s shelves.
Opt for bins that have handles, so you can pull out the bins to remove the condiments. The good thing about this suggestion is that when you need something, you can simply remove it from the bin attached to the side of your fridge, or the plastic bin located on the fridge shelf – without removing unnecessary items or moving things around in your fridge. The bins are also beneficial because they prevent drips and leaks. And, because they are plastic, they make cleanups hassle-free.
Another smart way to keep your fridge organized is to store liquids on the top shelf of the fridge. Keeping liquids in one central location makes them easier to find. And, most people reach for juices and liquids (i.e. milk) first, so it just makes sense to place liquids on the top shelf (the area that you are most likely to see when you open the fridge door). Note: Yogurts and sour cream can also go on the top shelf with the liquids. Place your milk at the back of the fridge, where it is super cold. If you don’t have enough space on the top shelf for all of your liquids, you can place pasteurized orange juice in the fridge door bin.
Meats & Cheeses
Since meats and cheeses (i.e. shredded cheese, block cheese, and cream cheese) typically go hand-in-hand, store them together in the fridge. More specifically, place in the bottom drawer (commonly referred to as the “meat crisper”) of the fridge. To keep the section super organized, store the cheeses on one side and the meats on another. The good thing about storing your meats and cheeses there is that you can see what you have (the drawers tend to be clear), so nothing is wasted.
In addition, when you have all your meats and cheeses in one central location, you can assemble sandwiches easier – without having to look around the fridge trying to locate these items. Note: The bottom drawer is the coldest part of the fridge. And, if juices drip, you don’t have to worry about them leaking throughout the fridge.
Fruits & Veggies
Almost everyone has some fruits and veggies in the fridge. It is important to understand that some fruits emit natural gasses that cause veggies to hastily ripen. Therefore, it is wise to store fruits and veggies in separate drawers, if possible. Place these fruits and veggies in the middle drawer (also referred to as the “veggie crisper”). This drawer is typically located above the bottom drawer (the “meat crisper”). Note: Keep your fruits and veggies in their original packages or in a loosely-tied plastic bag. In addition, do not wash your fruits and veggies until you are ready to use them. Moisture can encourage mold, which leads to bacteria-growth.
Most fridges have a compartment on the side of it where you can place eggs. If your fridge has this compartment place your eggs there, but if your fridge doesn’t have this compartment, place your eggs on the middle shelf. Note: Do not remove the eggs from their original compartment, if possible. The middle shelf is the best place to store eggs, because that is where the temperature is most consistent. In addition, it makes the eggs more accessible, should you want to make an omelet, cake, or dish.
Another smart way to keep your fridge organized is to place all of your breakfast items together. For instance, if you have leftover muffins or other breakfast foods, it may be beneficial for you to place them in one central location in the fridge, so that the next morning you can easily grab what you are going to eat. This tip should be performed each night for the next day; otherwise your fridge will quickly become disorganized.
Place frozen foods together (by food type) in the freezer. By placing similar foods together in the freezer, you know exactly where to look to quickly find what you need. FYI: Labeling unmarked freezer foods can help you know what you are grabbing and when it needs to be used. You can also list the foods in your freezer on a magnetic dry eraser board. This board can be used to track the foods in your freezer, and their expiration dates, so you can discard foods that have been frozen too long.
Goodreads. Cleaning quotes. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/cleaning
Sforza, N. (2016). How to organize your refrigerator drawers and shelves. Real Simple. Retrieved from http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-kitchen/refrigerator-drawers
Spiegel, A. (2014). 11 foods you should never put in the freezer. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/foods-in-freezer_n_5493365.html
Thomson, J. A. (2014). There’s a right and a wrong way to organize your fridge. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/30/fridge-organizing_n_5900712.html