Friday, January 11, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 11: Organizing Your Refrigerator

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 11 - What's In YOUR Fridge? 

Do you know what's in your fridge? Do you buy groceries only to find out you have 3 of the same thing already in your refrigerator...un-opened or of them expired? Squash buried under lettuce, both beyond fresh? Can you quickly find or easily reach items in your fridge?

Store zip top baggies of cut up fruits and veggies in a drawer or basket in your fridge to soothe after school appetites or midnight munchies.

These baskets not only work great in the fridge, but also the pantry,
kitchen cabinets, laundry room, bathroom cabinets and bedroom closets!

Since most of us don't have the space for a refrigerator as convenient as our grocer's freezer section, we've got to work with the fridge limitations we have. Learn how to organize your refrigerator so it maximizes the available space while aiding you with it's new-found accessibility.
  • Prioritize. Keep frequently used items front and center (or in the door). In newer model refrigerators, gallon sized milk jugs will fit in the door, but may not stay cold enough. If you have this problem, keep the milk on the lowest (usually the coldest) shelf.
  • Keep related items together. Jellies and other breakfast spreads can be grouped in a plastic washable basket to be pulled out in the mornings for the breakfast rush. Deli meat, cheese and pre-sliced toppings can go in a narrow plastic bin for quick and easy sandwich making.
  • Increase accessibility. If you have a lot of canned beverages in your refrigerator, use a can dispenser for easy retrieval. Use a small lazy susan to store condiment jars, yogurt cups, etc. 
  • Regularly empty out your refrigerator. This keeps the number of leftover containers to a minimum. If you know you won't be able to consume the leftovers soon, portion them out into individual containers, label and freeze for quick lunches that can be easily re-heated.
  • Plan a weekly menu and buy only those items that are needed. You'll reduce waste and save money.
  • Label shelves. It helps to label shelves for "snacks", "dairy", "meats", "fruits", etc. so everyone knows where things are to be put back. P-Touch label tape works well for this (the kind used with Brother label makers) but can be very difficult to remove if you ever want to change your labels or sell your refrigerator (I have a really hard time removing the tape from glass mason jars). I'm not sure if they sell a version with lighter adhesive tape.

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