When was the last time you spent way too long searching for a food item you knew was somewhere in the back of your fridge? Since the pandemic, organizing has become a trending task that could be applied to everything from closets and drawers to basement storage and even refrigerators. Believe it or not, organizing the refrigerator (and finding the necessary accessories) is more common than one might realize – and it’s something any type-A personality can get behind. Although it can be tough to tackle, there are ways to maximize the space despite the many different refrigerator shapes and sizes. Even if you’re feeling a little cramped in your fridge, organization is the first step to keeping your food fresh and saving both time and money when it comes to planning meals.
To start, try cleaning out your fridge from top to bottom. The first step is to take everything out and give it a deep clean. If possible, remove the drawers and shelves to let them soak in hot soapy water. While soaking, check the expiration dates of all the content you’ve removed from the fridge. While some foods can be safely eaten past the expiration date, you should be honest with yourself if they will ever be eaten. Go through the jellies, jams, condiments, and sauces you haven’t touched in seemly forever. Once the drawers and shelves have finished soaking and have been washed, put them back in the fridge and place a freshly opened box of baking soda inside to help cut down on future odors.
If you have the habit of squeezing food into any available space in your fridge, now is the time to make a change. Each shelf in your fridge serves a purpose. We recommend using the top shelf to store leftovers or foods that do not need cooking. The middle shelf is best for storing dairy products or produce that can be left uncovered. The coldest shelf in your fridge is on the bottom where it’s best to place meats, fish, and other produce of that nature. This will also help with unwanted odors and cross-contamination. Be sure to utilize your refrigerator’s built-in drawers as they are designed to prolong the freshness of produce in fruits and vegetables. Lastly, the doors of a refrigerator tend to not stay as cold and they have the most movement so it’s best to store items that are sealed and have a longer expiration date such as condiments or jams.
Refrigerator organization is all about seeing your inventory so it’s easy to know what you have and what you need. Clear containers make storing produce, bottles, cans, and other miscellaneous items seamless. If you have been looking for clear containers, The Container Store has an endless supply in multiple shapes and sizes – including ones that can be incorporated into a freezer space. Not only will clear containers help to create a solid framework for your organization, but they’re easy to remove and clean.
Keeping a well-organized refrigerator may take some time, but after putting in a little effort it will become a habit and well worth the energy! You’ll thank us later. Do you have any tips for keeping a well-organized fridge? Share with us on social by tagging Asset Living’s social pages.
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