7 Fridge Organization Ideas – How to Organize a Fridge

It is fascinating to look at a well organized and color matched refrigerator. (Try not to get lost in the perfectly placed peppers above.) But in fact, an organized refrigerator also saves time and money. If you know exactly what’s inside, shopping and eating times become much more efficient, with less food waste and unpleasant odors.

To begin with, experts from Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen recommends prioritizing the foods you reach the most. From there, organize the elements into groups and place them in transparent containers (keyword: clear) for a more uniform look. The rest is up to you – stock up on different storage solutions to help you fight rolling soda cans, overloaded snack drawers, and your growing stash of wine.

When placing items on shelves, think about what makes the most sense to you – and the food itself. Most people keep milk on the top shelf or in the door But it should go to the back of the bottom shelf, where it’s coldest. The same goes for eggs: store eggs in their original carton on the middle or top shelves where temperatures are more constant. Reserve the refrigerator door for condiments, butters, soft cheeses, and processed fruit juices.

If you have young children, place their snacks at eye level so they can easily grab them without making a mess. You can reserve a special bin for each child or throw all the snacks in one place for people to choose because, well, sharing is thoughtful.

When buying something new – a gallon of fresh milk, for example – rotate old items forward so they can be used before the expiration date. Keep an eye – not just a nose – on leftovers: mix in fish after one to two days, meat after two to three days, and vegetables or grains after five to seven days.

Before you start cleaning your fridge, stock up on these must-have storage solutions and gadgets.

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Store meat and vegetables

Glass Food Storage Set

Label containers

Table labels

Don’t trust the drug test: label and date each container to know exactly what’s in it and, more importantly, when it expires. These chalkboard labels are dishwasher safe, which means you can reuse them over and over again.

Divide shelves

Fridge

Remember: clear bins are your friend. Stock up on an assortment of shapes and sizes and find a home for all of your condiments, products, drinks, yogurt and more.

Put the drinks in order

Stackable wine bottle storage

Store snacks and leftovers

Reusable Silicone Food Bag

Stasher
amazon.com

$ 11.99

Greener than standard disposable bags, Stashers have become one of the most popular food storage products on Amazon. Store leftovers in these airtight bags, then put them directly in the microwave or in boiling water to warm them up.

RELATED: The best reusable snack bags

Line shelves

Washable refrigerator mats

HityTech
amazon.com

$ 10.89

Make cleaning less tedious with a set of waterproof refrigerator mats that also fight bacteria and lingering odors.

Prevent unpleasant odors

Fresh air filter for refrigerator

Arm and hammer
amazon.com

$ 26.97

Does the beauty of your refrigerator matter if it stinks when you open it? Exactly. Vacuum this air filter from the side of your refrigerator to absorb and deodorize odors. For a quick fix, open a new box of baking soda and stick it on one of the shelves.

RELATED: How to get rid of unwanted odors in your home

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