6 Ways On How To Better Organize Your Refrigerator

Keeping your refrigerator clean and organized is important. It helps in keeping food fresh for longer and also in locating that elusive item faster. However, few people know that every shelf and drawer in the fridge is made to hold a specific item.

If you’re confused as to how you should organize your fridge, you can take a leaf from this article. Use these simple ideas to get it right.

Plus we have 11 bonus tips at the bottom. Read on…

1. Clean Out The Refrigerator

Cleaning with Baking Soda Vinegar Water

Before any kind of organization can happen, a decent clean out should be your first step.

First, throw away all the expired items and start cleaning your fridge from top to bottom. You can use vinegar and water as your cleaning solution or just a bucket of warm soapy water.

Ensure you wash both the drawers and the shelves to get rid of all stains that might have been left behind by any spills.

Clean and wipe the interiors too with a sponge or a damp towel and dry everything with cloth.

2. Use Refrigerator shelf liners/mats

Refrigerator shelf liners

If you have small children around the house, buying a shelf liner is important.

A shelf liner is great for protecting your fridge from spills by containing messes before they spread all over your fridge. They prevent spills from falling to lower shelves.

You can place on top of the shelf and remove them any time by pulling them out. What’s more, they are very easy to clean compared to cleaning the whole fridge.

3. Keep Turntables


Turntables are a good option to de-clutter your refrigerator.

They take a small space in the fridge and allow you to keep various items organized so that you can easily access them.

You can choose to invest in those with brackets (for wire frames) or those with rubber suction cups (perfect for glass shelves).

4. Add Drawers

slide-out drawers

You can always put slide-out drawers in your refrigerator to make things easier for you to find a specific item you need.

Labels can also be attached on the shelves. And you’ll soon discover that this is a great idea that keep things better organised.

5. Put alike items together

small plastic bins fridge

There’re various things in your refrigerator which you could group together in a single basket or small plastic bin.

This includes things like salad dressings, condiments, cheese, etc…

6. Manage all the leftovers

leftovers refrigerator

Leftovers can spoil and leave a bad odor in the refrigerator so it’s important you manage them. Give leftovers a shelf of their own so they are not pushed back into a corner.

You can use a marker to note the date and contents on leftovers before putting them in your fridge. This way you know when you need to throw them away.

Keeping your fridge well-organized is key to keeping food fresh and healthy. Follow these easy steps and stop worrying about spoiled leftovers, rotten fruits and vegetables.

Bonus tips

  • Store raw meat and fish on the bottom shelf, to avoid any leaks or spills that could contaminate other food items.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables in designated drawers or on designated shelves.
  • Keep leftovers and pre-made meals in clearly labeled containers, to easily identify and use them before they spoil.
  • Use clear storage containers to easily see what’s inside.
  • Store dairy items such as milk, cheese, and yogurt in the main compartment of the refrigerator, as they need to be kept at a consistent cool temperature.
  • Keep drinks and snacks in designated areas, such as a door shelf, to keep them easily accessible.
  • Keep frequently used items at eye level for easy access.
  • Use shelf risers or risers to stack items and create more space.
  • Use shelf liners or trays to catch any spills or leaks.
  • Make a list of items you need to buy next time you go grocery shopping and stick it on the fridge door.
  • Clean and organize your fridge regularly, at least once a week, to keep it free of spoiled food and to make sure that it runs efficiently.

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