Organizing your refrigerator can be a daunting task. However, it can help you avoid having foods go uneaten or spoiling. This is a guide about organizing your refrigerator.
The bottle tops with their lids make perfect bowl covers for the refrigerator. This particular one is from a white vinegar bottle.
I was going to draw a design with permanent marker, but halfway through, I changed my mind and erased the permanent marker with an old dry erase marker dipped in water. This comes in very handy since it only requires lifting the lid and replacing it for quick snacks.
No idea what this craft is about - poorly illustrated/explained!
I find that if I use wire baskets (or plastic) to organize my freezer and refrigerator, it is so much easier to find things and also to clean them. I move the oldest items in the freezer to the bottom bin so they get used sooner. This has saved me a lot of time looking for things.
By desertgal from Phoenix, AZ
I have 2 baskets on the top shelf of my pantry. I keep bags of chips in them. I don't have any trouble reaching them and nothing gets shoved to the back of the shelf and lost.
I use a rectange plastic bin on my top shelf in my fridge to keep the salad dressing in. When I need to find one. I just take the whole thing out and grab what I need and put the rest back up. It keeps them tidy and and easy to find.
I live alone and have a pretty small refrigerator. I found that buying one of those little plastic baskets from the dollar store and putting all your jams, jellies, etc. in it on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
If you or your family ever get frustrated losing things in the refrigerator, I hope this helps!
I live in an older mobile with the original refrigerator. The light doesn't work and most of the slats for the shelves are broken. I have to keep the shelves pretty close together and I find that limiting in keeping things from getting shoved into the back and forgotten.
I use plastic placemats to line the top shelf of my refrigerator. I cut up the old placemats to fit the top shelf and it really helps when it comes time to clean.
I buy removable labels at an office store. I put them on the lids of containers with the date and type of food. Now we know what leftover is in the fridge. I use the 7 day rule and throw out when necessary.
Always add a label with the date a product was opened to insure freshness. If you do not plan to use leftovers right away, immediately freeze them for future use.
I use a double stacked turntable in my refrigerator to store jars of different heights in a compact area.
If you're like most people, keeping up with the organization of your refrigerator is one of the last things on your mind. We generally tend to forget about our refrigerator until there is a problem, like we suddenly need to put something in it and there's not enough room. You can actually avoid this problem though, if you organize it well to begin with.
If you lack shelf space then simple under shelf baskets and stackable shelves that can be removed are good ideas. These can help keep things separated and therefore easier to get to.
It might be a good idea to combine some things if you can. For instance, if you have three cartons of eggs but they're not all full, empty the eggs into one carton if you can and toss the empty ones. Likewise, merge salad dressing bottles, juices, etc. if you have more than one of the same kind and they've been opened.
I'm wondering why you say to not compost dairy and fruit. We compost both all the time with great results. In fact, the local gardening club did a class on composting and told us dairy was great for composting because it added microbes, especially those found in cheese and yogurts.
Between my problems with arthritis and my husband's recent diagnosis of a terminal brain tumor, I have found my favorite saying "work smarter not harder" has been necessary even more lately. To manage my refrigerator organization, I got plastic trays for each shelf. One of the problems we had were the items getting pushed to the back of the shelf and not being able to get to it.
I put the food items on the tray and just slide them out to get what I need, no more lost items. I use a tray or a container for like items, such as yogurt, diabetic drinks, etc. Before his diagnosis, he would have to get down on his knees to retrieve the items. Now we just pull the tray out for what we need. Just have to be smarter these days.
Easy Refrigerator Slide Shelves. Make a slide in/out shelf in your fridge by using 1-2 cookie sheets. On these place your bottles, jars, etc. Gives you easy access because they slide in and out.
Try keeping most of your sandwich making items in a plastic basket in your refrigerator. Not only does this save multiple trips to and from (opening the door each time) but your kids won't require much help at snack time!
To keep my fridge organized, I found some second hand plastic drawer units. I then keep my cheeses, lunch meat, eggs, and breads in them.
To keep your refrigerator fast and easy to clean, use old vinyl place mats on glass shelves and cut pieces to fit for inside of condiment shelves, vegetable bins, etc.
I used to think everyone did this, but they don't. Besides the benefit of keeping it clean, this will prevent food from getting shoved to the back and forgotten about.
When you have too many things to fit into the fridge and then need to place a large casserole dish on a shelf, how do you arrange stacking? Any special gizmos?
I have the set of Rock and Serve from Tupperware they come in all sizes and they are square and stack beautifully.
I have had this set for many years and I use them daily from left overs to freezing to microwave to fridge.
They are dishwasher safe.
They are well worth the money. I could never live without them.
I can store lots of food in my fridge with these handy containers.
The rock and serve are on the 2nd and 3rd shelf.
I also find the bottles take up a lot of room in my fridge so I also have bought square Tupperware plastic containers for stuff like mayo,cheese whiz,relish,jams etc these are on the first shelf.
I have posted a picture to show you here.I took picture at night so it maybe is hard to see the 3rd shelf.
Here is a day time picture to show you better of the stacking Tupperware in my fridge.
I have one milk taken out now.
I always keep 2 milk jugs on the side of my door and now have been buying 3 so one goes on the shelf.
With these containers I have room.
If you should find these containers expensive then you could sell it to your self and get what you need at a cheaper price.
I know a lot of people who has done this.
I also find my sour cream etc lasts longer in the Tupperware container then a store container.