Organizing Your Refrigerator

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.
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September 20, 2016 Flag
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The bottle tops with their lids make perfect bowl covers for the refrigerator. This particular one is from a white vinegar bottle.

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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.

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October 17, 20160 found this helpful

No idea what this craft is about - poorly illustrated/explained!

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April 8, 2010 Flag
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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.

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April 10, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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October 11, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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September 28, 20140 found this helpful

January 5, 2009 Flag
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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.

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July 16, 2014 Flag
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If you or your family ever get frustrated losing things in the refrigerator, I hope this helps!

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August 13, 2010 Flag

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.

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February 18, 2013 Flag
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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.

Plastic placemat on shelf.

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July 28, 2011 Flag
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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.

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March 20, 2012 Flag
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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.

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October 14, 2012 Flag
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I use a double stacked turntable in my refrigerator to store jars of different heights in a compact area.

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December 20, 2011 Flag
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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.

Cleaning

Organizing your refrigerator is also a great time to clean it so you might as well take everything out of it, give it a good wash down, and just start from scratch. Dishwashing liquid is a good cleaner to use and paper towels work well to clean and dry with. Don't forget to take out the shelves and wash them down as well.

Get Rid of the Waste

Next, you'll want to throw away everything that has expired. If you have a compost pile then remember that many things can go in there. Food items that you'll want to avoid composting are dairy, fruits, and meats.

Organizing Your Food

Once you're ready to put things back in the refrigerator you should start by grouping things together. Use one drawer for all of the cheeses, one shelf (preferably inside the refrigerator door) for any condiments that need to be refrigerated, and put all of the vegetables together. If you have several drawers and they're all about the same size then put the items that you use on a more regular basis closer to the top so that you can just reach in and grab them.

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.

Keep Items Handy

Although you might be tempted to put the larger items in the back so that they don't hide the smaller ones, this doesn't always work to your advantage. If you need to use the large item (like a carton of milk that's about to expire) then put it in the front. That way, you'll remember it and it won't go to waste. With that in mind, once you have organized your items you might want to leave a special space up in the very front to highlight items that you need to use soon or that you plan to use for your next meal.

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May 29, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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November 23, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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January 11, 2007 Flag
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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.

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December 29, 2006 Flag

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!

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August 5, 2008 Flag

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.

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April 15, 2008 Flag

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.

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October 12, 2012 Flag

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.

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May 21, 2008 Flag
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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?

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August 31, 2005 Flag
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Tips to help you ogranize your Refrigerator. Post your ideas.

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