The fridge is one of the most frequently used appliances in a home. It’s constantly being opened and closed, as well as restocked and rearranged. Whether you’re single or have a large family, a messy fridge gets the best of us all. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help minimize time spent looking for things, and how to keep your items fresh for longer.
Without the help of organization tools like bins and baskets, the refrigerator ends up with a lot of wasted space. Instead of stacking jars in front of each other left to be forgotten, utilize a spinning lazy susan that allows you to easily see what you have. Tall, deep baskets offer easy storage for things like snacks, and let you use the horizontal space that would otherwise be wasted. Experiment to see what works for you!
Certain items fare much better within certain areas of the fridge. For example, many people tend to put their dairy in the fridge door. However, things like dairy products and eggs need a constant cold temperature in order to stay fresh. The top shelf is actually the best place for them! Because the refrigerator door is the warmest place in the fridge, it should only store your condiments and dressings, as they’re not as sensitive to temperature changes.
Of course, fruits and vegetables do well in the crisper drawers. However, not many people take the time to learn how to use these drawers correctly. The reason they’re so great for fruits and veggies is because they’re humidity and temperature controlled, which you can adjust yourself! Typically, you’ll want one drawer set to high humidity and one to low. For the high humidity drawer, put your leafy greens, herbs and other vegetables that thrive on moisture. In the low humidity drawer, store items like avocado, apples and most other fruits. These items can rot when the atmosphere is too humid. By following this simple rule of thumb, you’ll notice how much longer your produce stays fresh!
Lastly, label! You don’t even need a label maker, just a roll of painter’s tape and a sharpie. By labeling your leftovers with dates, you can easily see what things need to be used up first. Additionally, you could try labeling your shelves and drawers so that the whole family knows what goes where, to keep your newly organized fridge neat and orderly!
We hope these simple tips help you reduce food waste, and transforms your messy fridge into one that’s clean and orderly!