By desertgal from Phoenix, AZ
Then, I found an old tray from a camper refrigerator and came up with a pretty nifty idea. If you have food storage containers that fit inside it, and they are not too tall, you can use this as a tray of sorts,and slide it in and out. The only drawback I found, is that if you don't hold it when you pull it out, you can lose the stuff in front. That just means you have to hold it with one hand while putting in or taking out the container.
For me, it's a small price to pay for knowing you can fit 5 or 6 containers. I use these just for leftovers, so I know to look there first for foods. I hope this helps. You might be able to do the same thing with an old cake pan you no longer use. Just coat it with newspaper or foil, and slide it from front to back or from side to side.
By Poor But Proud from Coos Bay, OR
By Barbara from Evington, VA
By retired person from Baton Rouge, LA
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. Milk jugs usually make the most mess in my refrigerator and this way I just pick up the placemat and clean it off and do not have all the hard milk stains to clean up. I put one placemat on each side of the top shelf.
The other item I use to help keep the fridge clean and organized is one of the plastic sock holders you can purchase in stores like Walmart. This holds my condiments either on the shelf or in the side drawer. This way if something like soy sauce drips, it is inside this plastic holder and not on my fridge. I use several of these in the door of my fridge.
This also helps when you are cleaning as you can lift out the entire container for cleaning. You can see the blue placemat under the milk, and there is one of the sock holders with condiments in it.
By Susan Capps
By vimom from Pittsburgh, PA
Once a week empty the fridge prior to grocery shopping so that you do not purchase something that you already have, while empty wipe the inside clean before returning food to the fridge. Keep a check list on your computer (I use excel) of all the most frequently used items so that you can highlight when they are needed.
By Donnaschmitt215 from Glendale, NY
Source: My mother.
By Judy from NY
To keep the dressing and catsup, etc, organized, I put them in used flavored water bottles. I use a black marker to abbreviate the contents on the cap and the bottle, to make sure one doesn't get mixed up with another. It takes up half the room as the odd shaped bottles, and keeps things organized. I hope you can use this trick, as it's really made a difference in the fridge.
By Linda from Vista, CA
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.
Tips to help you ogranize your Refrigerator. Post your ideas.
When I last cleaned my refrigerator, I realized that I have a problem with spills and things in the back of shelves which were forgotten. I have a number of trays and put all my items on trays in the refrigerator. That way, if I have a spill, I just have to clean a tray. Also, it makes it easy to get to the items in the back. Each shelf has a tray.
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 wash and reuse the deep large plastic lids which come with ready made cakes, to store like items together. When they are all in one place they fit in concisely and free up space. Another thing is that I keep the middle part of the shelves to keep leftovers, which need to be used up immediately so I can see them as soon as I open the door. I don't push them to the back. Also I try not to block the light bulb so that I can see every nook and cranny in the fridge, helps for cleanups too.