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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.
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.
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 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. It makes it a whole lot easier to find smaller stuff like that, just pull out the basket and it's all there. It's just something I came up with while cleaning out my refrigerator one day and found jars here, there, and everywhere.
By Barbara from Evington, VA
In my fridge I also use one of those single turn tables for small items. There are just so many ways to save space. I live in a mobile and had to really learn how!
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
I find that inexpensive Plastic Baskets work well for my Refrigerators & upright Freezers. I put all of DH breakfast items in one basket that he can set on the table for himself and one for leftovers, etc.. The only place I haven't "basketed" yet is the top shelf, nothing I have found yet is suitable. The search is on!
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.
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!
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.
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.
My husband and I saved two milk jugs. One is used for water and the other for kool aide or juice drinks we mix ourselves.
I had a lot of the old fashioned metal desk trays. These now are in the fridge to help keep things organized, i.e. all the dairy products including: yogurt, sour cream, and sliced cheese are in one.
We buy orange juice by the carton and usually have two in the refrigerator door. The one that has been opened is turned to the outside; the unopened on is turned in. That way I don't take out the wrong on accidentally.
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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?
When I get over stocked in the frig I usually sort all the small portions out. By putting them into ziplock bags. this way i can place all the small stuff in a container together or freeze them for other uses. They stack well by themselves too and won't leak onto other foods. It is easy too handle if they become out dated or go bad. No clean up just chuck out. I use the baggies when I go camping to save room in cooler or frige. Serve right out of the bag and save clean up on dishes.
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.
Tips to help you ogranize your Refrigerator. Post your ideas.
I take all my kids juice boxes/yogurts/puddings/etc. and put them in the crispers so that saves space.
I use cheap plastic baskets from the $1 store for all the condiments. I never use my shelves on the door because I heard food will spoil from the door being opened all the time.
And for the front of the fridge - you can find cute colored frames @ Walgreens or any other drugstore. It does make the front of yr fridge look cuter.
I just produced a video on organizing your pantry and refrigerator. You can see the video on the following link.
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Well, it really helps if you have your speakers plugged into the correct hole doesn't it?