It is rare to find a house without a refrigerator. But for most, it is equivalent to a pantry. It is a space most vulnerable to spills, tumbles and forgotten-about stuff. Many find it difficult to find things at the right time. Hence, we often buy duplicates and have food rotting in the refrigerator.
Like most things, organizing the fridge is also an art. We share ten smart tips for all those who are not pro to make your life much easier. Check them out!
Store things in practical spots
Very few know that even the best refrigerator has warm and cold spots. The top shelf and the door are the warmest area, while the second and downwards get progressively colder. Hence, it’s best to keep dairy products, eggs, condiments, etc., on the door and top-shelf. Likewise, milk and meat last longer if placed on the lowest shelf, while fruits and vegetables should be stored in the crisper.
The move not only keeps things fresh for a longer time, but you also know which place to look for any particular item.
Use clear plastic organizer bins.
Transparent plastic organizer bins will help you store food in groups like condiments, cheese, meat, etc. It will help you find items faster and also make them last longer.
Label and store
It’s best to store leftover food in transparent glass containers or even opaque but with the label of food and, preferably, the date on it. This will always give you an eye-view of what is stored in the refrigerator and what needs to be tackled first.
Removing stored food this way will reduce wastage and keep your refrigerator clutter-free.
Conserve space with stacking
A refrigerator has limited space. But you can make full use of it by stacking plastic containers one on top of another. Buying the same size for a stack is a clever idea. In case a solid lid is absent, you can place a pair of chopsticks on the cover like an aluminum foil and then stack. The chopsticks would provide the perfect base.
Follow a one-bottle rule for condiments.
You must always store just one bottle of condiments like mayo, mustard sauce, etc. The unopened ones can be stored in the pantry or a cabinet shelf. It will keep things tidy and easier to locate.
Keep magnets handy
Magnets can be your best friend in fridge organization. Stick them on small bottles of condiments and stick them on the upper wall of the refrigerator. It will leave the below space free for you to store food containers. Utilizing the vertical space keeps things organized and easier to find. Likewise, you can make a pyramid of cans.
Know what needs to be refrigerated
Not everything needs to go inside the refrigerator. Potatoes, sealed condiment bottles, fresh bread, fruits like bananas, etc./ are items that are best kept outside. It would also help keep your refrigerator organized.
Keeps fruits and vegetables separately
Most refrigerators come with two crispers. Keeping vegetables in one and fruits in another will help you find them quickly as well as keep them fresh longer. Keeping the crispers and shelves lined with kitchen towels will keep food fresh longer and make cleaning easy.
Make a ‘Use me first’ bin
Food will spoil and rot over time even if you store them in the fridge. Hence, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect the fridge and keep those items in one designated area to remind you to use them first. You can stick label notes or even write directly using an erasable marker. It will serve as a reminder every time you open the door. It will also facilitate removing rotten food to leave space and no bad odor inside the fridge.
Freeze flat before stacking them
Our freezer is also used to the hilt with frozen foods. Remove any bulky packaging. If needed, you can transfer the food to a zip lock bag. Now, freeze them flat first. You can then stack them vertically for more storage and easy access.
With just a few tricks, you can keep your fridge easily organized. Above all, you must regularly inspect your fridge and ensure that nothing stays inside the fridge long enough to rot.