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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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By 20 found this helpful
April 8, 2010

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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By desertgal from Phoenix, AZ

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By 8 found this helpful
January 5, 2009

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

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August 13, 2010

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. For this reason, 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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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.

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By Poor But Proud from Coos Bay, OR

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By 4 found this helpful
September 20, 2016

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.

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By 3 found this helpful
July 28, 2011

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.

By retired person from Baton Rouge, LA

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By 2 found this helpful
March 20, 2012

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.

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.

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By Donnaschmitt215 from Glendale, NY

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By 1 found this helpful
January 11, 2007

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

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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October 14, 2012

I use a double stacked turntable in my refrigerator to store jars of different heights in a compact area.

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August 5, 2008

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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December 20, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 25, 2008

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 11, 2012

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.

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

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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August 31, 20050 found this helpful

Tips to help you ogranize your Refrigerator. Post your ideas.

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August 31, 20050 found this helpful

A healthy and stress-free life can start in your kitchen. Here are 4 steps to getting your refrigerator organized.

TOSS. Immediately toss out any food that is spoiled, has an expired date, is unidentifiable or that nobody in your family is ever going to want again. The same goes for the freezer.

CLEAN. Moving your items from one shelf to the next, empty off each shelf one at a time and wipe clean. Scrape off any leftover bits of food and wipe up any spills. Do the same for the interior refrigerator door and drawers.

CATEGORIZE. Designate shelves for different categories. Milk, juice and soda bottles on the top shelf. Foods ready to eat (leftovers or foods that need no cooking) on the second shelf. Unprepared foods that need to be cooked on the third shelf. Soda cans and heavy items on the bottom shelf. Veggies and fruits in the produce drawer. Condiments on the interior door.

CLEAR OFF THE OUTSIDE. Remove all loose papers from the outside of your refrigerator. Toss out anything that is outdated. Put coupons into a coupon organizer. Recipes you're definitely going to prepare, should be placed in a recipe file. Place other papers into a Tickler File or a filing cabinet.

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August 31, 20050 found this helpful

To help keep things organized in my refrigerator, so that my husband can find what he needs, I keep a couple small shallow baskets on the bottom shelf. I put all the small containers of mustard, soy sauce, jellies, hot sauce, etc. in these baskets. They can be pulled out to check the contents. This leaves me just enough room between them to store an extra carton of eggs.

I store leftovers in the fridge in covered plastic containers. I always stick a piece of masking tape on the top and write the date and the contents on the tape. It helps avoid leftovers being forgotten until they turn green.

By Harlean

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 8, 20070 found this helpful

I just stumbled on a website with the coolest new idea. You can get a bunch of frames in different colored sheets that really organized the front of my fridge. I don't know if they're in stores yet. http://www.fridgeframes.com is the web site.

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April 7, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 2, 20080 found this helpful

I just produced a video on organizing your pantry and refrigerator. You can see the video on the following link.

http://www.perf  /vidcast_2_0.php

Susan Stewart
Perfectly Placed
Do you need help getting your life organized? Sign up for free tips at the Perfectly Placed website.
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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

I just went on this site and I can't get any sound on it. I've checked my speaker cords, the volume buttons etc and still nothing. signed 'can't read lips but pictures are good'!
No really, Ernai.
Well, it really helps if you have your speakers plugged into the correct hole doesn't it?

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 21, 2008

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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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

Sometimes, when I need the space for just a day, I'll put all my jars and bottles.....you know catsup, pickles, relish, mustard, dressings etc., in a camping "cooler" and dump ice in the cooler. Then I can use my shelf space for my big dessert or casserole that needs to stay cold and those other items will still be fine for later use.

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

I use those racks that are made for cooling cookies, etc. when they first come out of the oven. Or you can use a cookie sheet.
Place one on top of a large flat casserole dish and put other things on top of it - even another casserole dish.
If it's a round dish, just put a plate on top and stack things on that. If the bottom dish has a lid that sticks up, remove it and cover the dish with foil or plastic wrap.
Almost anything flat will work.

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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May 24, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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May 24, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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January 28, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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