Keeping your refrigerator organized can be one of those tasks that you say you will always keep up to par, but it can be hard to do. My goal for 2024 is to keep my fridge as organized as possible. In order to do this, I took a minute to really think out and plan how to best execute this. After all my research and planning, I’ve come up with this handy 5-step organization system that I think can benefit everyone’s refrigerator!

Empty and Clean out

To start organizing, you must begin by emptying and cleaning everything completely. For me, that meant taking out every single item that was in my refrigerator and setting it on my counter. Then grabbed a cleaning spray and scrubbed every single corner down. Do not miss a single drawer or shelf! You want to be sure to start this new system on a clean slate.

Sort and Discard

 With everything already laid out, this second step makes it easier to see and manage everything you have in your refrigerator. Take this moment to check all expiration dates and throw away anything that is expired, anything you will not be using anymore, or any leftover food you will not be eating. This is also a great time to take inventory of what you need to buy!

Arrange by Zones

Now that you only have items you are keeping, categorize them by different food types. It is now just a matter of figuring out where everything will be placed within the refrigerator. For example, I designated an area for dairy products, a shelf for beverages, a drawer for meats, and another drawer for fruits and vegetables. This helps maintain order and makes it easier to locate what we need instantly.

Use Storage Containers and Label

Invest in clear acrylic storage containers and bins to help keep all of your items organized and to maximize the space in the refrigerator. This storage organizer is perfect for bottled drinks, and I love to use these storage containers to wash and store my fruits and vegetables. Be sure to use labels so that you can keep track of when your food will expire. This can help you stay aware and reduce waste.

Organize by Accessibility

 Where you place your food in your refrigerator is more important than you think. The door is a great place to store your frequently used items since it is easier to find and grab what you need. Items that need temperature or humidity control also need to be taken into consideration. Not only do I put my bacon in this container, but I also place it within one of the drawers! Keep your meal routine in mind and adjust your item placing accordingly.

By following these 5 steps, you can efficiently improve your accessibility, reduce food waste, maximize space, and maintain a clean and organized refrigerator!