Ever look at Pinterest and see all these amazingly organized fridges? Oh, I would love my fridge to look like this! Do people really take it all the time? How do you maintain it?
Well … yes, believe it or not, it’s super easy to maintain. I decided to take the challenge and leave a full day to clean and fully organize my fridge!
What initially got me to finally organize my fridge was that I was just fed up with the products going bad every week. This was mainly because I didn’t know exactly what I had in the fridge because I couldn’t see everything in the fridge!
I can’t tell you how often I long for a salad and look in the fridge and see a head of lettuce and think, “No, I don’t want to wash it” and just eat something else at some point. I spent a lot of money buying a variety of products like bok choy, asparagus, even artichokes and Brussels sprouts. These are not cheap and if you let them run badly in the fridge … well … you might as well burn a few dollar bills! Think about how much you are wasting if you do this every week!
The first thing I stopped was buying products from Costco or similar large grocery stores. If I didn’t plan on juicing in the next few days, I found that most of the bulk purchases in these stores would always go bad. It’s just my husband, youngest son, and I who are at home now, and we find that we just can’t eat the large amounts in a week and that’s about all the time you have with vegetables in The fridge stays fresh!
The only negative obstacle that I had to deal with in MY refrigerator is the depth of the cabinet, so it is not as deep as a normal refrigerator. This makes it even more difficult because I keep stuffing and pushing it onto the back of the fridge, which in turn causes a lot of my products to get lost and rot in the back.
I’ve read many blogs about fridge organization. I also looked at many different types of organization on Pinterest! I created exactly what I had in the fridge and where I wanted them to go on each of the shelves on my sketch pad (because I do this on every project). Then I designed which containers would work and took into account the dimensions so that they would fit. I wanted to make sure that you can see everything when you open the doors.
I love these OXO containers with the hinged closure button at the top because they actually keep your vegetables fresh longer. They are expensive when you get them from Amazon or Target, but when you go to the home goods store, they’re about 30-40% cheaper! So I invested in several of them. On this shelf I have my carrots, celery (they are behind broccoli and mushrooms). I also wanted fruit for my yogurt, so I have blueberries and strawberries. These stackable containers on the right are great for my apples and citrus. Oh, the handle above has my garlic, onion, and ginger, which I use every day.
On this shelf I have this metal basket for my greens. The reusable bags are great for this and here I have my snow peas, sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce and spinach. I also bought these glass containers to keep my cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and extra celery that are washed, cut, and ready to eat. You can see the minimum depth I have to work with on the egg trays that hang a little. This setup has helped me tremendously to maximize the use of this small space!
I have trash cans to organize my sparkling water and milk jug. The next container contains OXO containers with ground flaxseed and protein power for my smoothies and my favorite milk fairlife! The last container has my coconut water. Literally no space is wasted and with the small space on the side … I used it for my box broth and almond milk.
If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you know I’m absolutely in love with lazy Susan. I have it everywhere! So why not in the fridge? I use one for my spices and a two layer for my jams and all the little things that tend to get lost on the door shelves. These have made things visible and easily accessible. There was still some space in between, perfect for a bottle of my favorite Japanese plum wine!
I labeled the drawers below for cheese, bread, and cucumber. (A side note: Since we’ve been in Arizona, I’ve found that I can keep my bread in the fridge longer than on my counter.) I have partitions in every drawer so I can keep everything visible and organized. I labeled the shelves for my dressings, sauces and juices for the side refrigerator doors.
On the freezer side I organized every shelf – with containers for frozen vegetables, frozen leftovers and a week of meat and seafood in the bottom drawers. I still have a fridge in the garage where we keep our sodas, water and beer in the fridge, and meat in the freezer.
On the side doors of the freezer, I have extra butter, dark chocolates, which we like to keep frozen and “thin” ice cream. I freeze my lemon juice in large bottles and also have this year’s game of homemade limoncello. On the bottom two shelves, I have some prepackaged frozen fruit in these BPA-free reusable bags that we can easily grab to make a quick smoothie.
Since we eat lots of salads and vegetable peels and I recently started juicing weekly, we tend to eat lots of fruits and vegetables every week. One tip I learned from another blogger was to get used to washing your vegetables as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store. When you have washed and ready to use your products, you will most likely use them. I have since found that this is very, very true!
Now I have washed everything and in their containers and it literally takes 10 minutes to prepare a healthy snack, lunch or dinner! It may take a little longer to bring your groceries home, but it will definitely save you so much time the rest of the week.
This setup may sound tedious and time consuming, but this has significantly minimized our excessive food expenses, avoided wasting products weekly, and made it very easy to create my food checklist! The best thing about it? I have to say that this helped the whole family keep the fridge tidy, especially since everything is labeled and there is really no excuse not to know where to put things!
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