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How To Organize Your Fridge: 6 Of Our Most Effective Tips

The new year is the ideal time for a fresh start, to focus on adding function, and to bring in some essential organization into your space – and life. While there are lots of areas to tackle organization-wise, there’s one that might not be quite so obvious but can make a big difference in your daily routine (and your meals). It’s time to head into the kitchen and learn how to organize your fridge – and the 6 effective tips to make it happen! 

For an effective way to get your fridge organized, just follow these 6 steps. No matter how big or small your fridge may be (or how big or small your household is) these tips will work for you – and save you time when searching for foods or knowing what you’ve run out of before you head to the grocery store! So let’s learn how to organize your fridge!

 

 


For more ways to make 2024 your year of improvement, check out The Easy Printable Guide To Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions and What To Get Rid Of In The New Year.

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How To Organize Your Fridge

 

1. GIVE IT A DEEP CLEANING (AND GO THROUGH ALL ITEMS) 

Before any organization can occur, you’ll want to give your fridge a thorough once-over. Remove all contents, take out all the drawers and compartments, and wipe down all the surfaces with a multipurpose cleaning solution and soft cloth. For any stuck-on stains or residue, try using Goo Gone to easily loosen. You will also want to toss any expired food items while you’re at it! Once it is spic-and-span, follow steps 2-6 when you begin to add items back in.

 

2. GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER

Start by grouping all like items together into categories in the fridge. Veggies, fruits, dairy, meats, cheeses, snacks, and condiments should all have a designated area where they are always kept. By sticking to these spots for all items in the fridge, you will also always know what you have – and what you need to stock up on on your next trip to the grocery store.

 

3. MAKE MOST USED ITEMS EASILY ACCESSIBLE

The items you use and eat most often should always be easily accessible, towards the front of the fridge, and ideally at eye level. Common things like eggs, milk, butter, or beverages should always be easy to grab. Keep in mind that you can also adjust the interior shelves to make your fridge layout work better for you.

4. PLACE FOOD ITEMS IN STORAGE CONTAINERS

Often, it makes more sense to keep food items in their containers. However certain items can be more efficiently kept when removed from their packaging and placed in clear storage containers. This applies to canned beverages, snack items, yogurt, and any single-serving product. Fruits and vegetables can also be stored in clear containers to keep them fresh (check out our Guide To Properly Storing Food In Your Fridge).

 

5. USE A ROTATING ORGANIZER

For a clever way to keep small bottles and containers readily available, add a rotating lazy susan to one of your shelves. It’s an ideal way to organize condiments if you don’t have enough room in your doors, and because it spins, you can just give it a spin to find whatever you are looking for.

 

6. ADD AN “EAT FIRST” AREA

Want to cut back on food waste? Create an area of the fridge that is designated as “eat first”. Here is where you can place any items that have a time-sensitive expiration date or are about to go bad to let your entire household know that they need to be consumed ASAP!