How to Organize Your Refrigerator in 8 Simple Steps

If you aren’t mindful, your refrigerator can easily become the favorite place of week-old leftovers, molding vegetables, forgotten fruits and expired packaged foods. And when you try to find something good to eat in your fridge, you simply can’t find anything for the clutter. So, you keep buying food and the clutter only gets bigger. 

It is time to organize your refrigerator if you can relate to this problem. A well-organized fridge can offer much more than fresh foods and drinks. Nevertheless, organizing a space that easily gets messy can be an unpleasant task. 

That’s why we are going to help you to declutter and organize your refrigerator. Simply follow these step-to-step guide to make your fridge work as you want it to. 

1. Declutter the home for your food

There is no denying the fact that refrigerator is the place where foods are supposed to stay fresh for longer. So, you’ll have to create space for every type of food items you’ll consume. That way, they will be easy to find whenever you are hungry or in a hurry.

Your fridge needs to be cleaned about four times a year. The method and time of cleaning and organizing may vary depending on the design and size of your refrigerator.

2. Disinfect the inside of your refrigerator

Sanitizing your fridge is very important. It would create fewer chances of foodborne illnesses and contamination. To disinfect your refrigerator, you have to take out every item and empty it first. Chances are that your fridge has collected hardened spills and month old stains. 

So, emptying it would be easier for cleaning. In case you have foods that can go bad while cleaning, work in sections. One other option is to store your perishable food items in a cooler with some ice in it.

After emptying, wipe down all the surfaces. To do so, you can use a cloth and disinfecting spray. Disinfecting wipes will also work to sanitize the surfaces. Make sure the door compartments and the shelf levels gets a thorough wipe. 

Then, take the drawers of your fridge out and soak them in some warm, soapy water. Wipe them with a dry cloth or some paper towels before you put them back. Now, reassemble your fridge so you can focus on organizing.

3. Know your refrigerator

Let's start the organization with a simple yet effective game plan. Break down your fridge into different sections in your mind so you can work with them one by one. To simplify this process, we have broken it down into four different sections.

  • Upper shelves
  • Lower shelves
  • Door storage area
  • Crisper drawers

4. Keep calm and switch your organization mode on

Upper shelves are the highest point of your refrigerator. So, do avoid storing veggies and raw, packaged meat up there. The appropriate food items to store on these shelves are the ones with shorter shelf lives. 

For instance, you should store your leftovers, drinks(fruit juice, badam milk, etc.) and ready-to-eat packed foods (flavored yogurt, cheese, etc.)

5. Adapt the art of marking for smart organization

Keep the food items with a shorter lifespan in boxes and mark them either by types or according to the expiration date. You can mark a box of leftovers and perishable foods that are close to the expiration date as ‘Eat me first’ or simply as ‘1’. That way, you will grab the foods on that box first before looking into other boxes. 

If you can, mark the boxes containing leftovers with the date so you will know how long they had been in the fridge. It would also help you decide if you are going to eat that food item or not without confusion or deliberation.

6. Time to organize lower shelves

After you have finished organizing the upper shelves, turn your focus on the lower shelves. Because of the position(under the ready-to-eat and easily perishable food items), storing raw ingredients in the lower parts would be very much appropriate. 

Items like raw, packaged poultry, beef, etc. are better to store on the lowest shelves. If you have extra foods from the upper shelves, put them in the lower shelves. But always store them above the raw meat or fish. 

For better organization, use file organizers to store the foods. Also, keep some clear baskets to store the same type of food items. For instance, you can keep smoothie ingredients together so you can simply take the box out while you want to make it. 

7. Fill up your crisper drawer with proper foods

Crisper drawers are the bottom drawers of most refrigerators. Often, there are humidity and temperature controls to help you keep your food items remain fresh. As some foods need more humidity and some less to stay fresh for longer, knowing what to store in the drawers is very crucial. Setting the right humidity according to your food items is also very important.

If you can set the humidity from high to low, set one drawer to low humidity and one to high. Store the foods that can rot in the drawer with low humidity. The veggies and fruits that emit ethylene gas can cause foods to ripen very fast and expire. For instance, fruits like apples, pears, avocados, etc. emit ethylene gas. 

Thus, storing them in low humidity helps to keep them fresh for longer. On the other hand, you should always store greens and herbs in the drawer with high humidity. The moisture helps the veggies to stay crisper and fresh for a longer period of time.

Before you start, place a layer of paper towels at the bottom of the drawers. 

These paper towels will collect the little fallen bits of vegetables. Just remember to change them every two weeks to make cleaning faster. While storing your foods in the drawer, try to group them up. For example, you can store spinach and same types of green together. You can also keep carrots and peas together.

We agree that knowing what to store where can be tricky but if you can master the habit to store the right food items in the right drawer, you will be minimizing your food wastage. 

8. Door section: to store or not to store

This section of your fridge is the warmest part. That’s why only store condiments there. Eggs and milk mustn’t be stored there as they need to be kept in the colder parts of the refrigerator. Less-perishable food items such as condiments, butter, sauces, and pickles should be kept in the door storage area.

Moreover, you can mark or label this section to keep your foods organized. For instance, you can mark a section to keep only sauces(chili sauce, sweet sauce, etc.) together and another section for pickles(mango pickles, olive pickles, etc.)

Keeping your refrigerator organized can be very simple, only you can do it regularly. No one likes the smell of moldy or rotten foods. So, start organizing your refrigerator today with these easy yet effective steps and minimize the wastage of your food.