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Tips to get an organized refrigerator

First, make a plan. The location of your food items need to make sense for your lifestyle. You can organize each shelf by food group OR if you have a family, perhaps lunch items are in one spot to make it easier for your children to get their lunch ready for school.

Remove every item, group by category, toss what’s expired or wilted and then wipe down the shelves with a mixture of warm water and baking soda.

Next, read your manual about features you may not be using. And adjust height of shelves and remove egg insert or cheese/butter drawer you may not be using.

You will need to keep temperature-sensitive items, such as eggs and milk, on the shelves vs the inside of the door as the temperature remains colder and more stable.

Raw meat should always be stored on the lowest shelf as it might drip and contaminate other food. Bottom shelves are the coolest shelves also. Keep meat inside a plastic baggie and/or Tupperware container you solely use for that purpose.

Note: items like condiments, bottled water, jams can be kept inside the door where the temperature isn’t always cold but the fluctuations won’t cause any problems.

Keep healthy snacks and leftovers at eye level so you'll be more likely to reach for them and remember to use them up. Label clear storage containers to remember what you’re storing. Your family members will appreciate knowing what’s in the mystery containers!

On the front of your fridge, mount a small chalk or wipe-off board. Write down date to use up leftovers or fresh produce before newer added items.

Before you do your next grocery shopping trip, give the shelves a quick wipe down after tossing spoiled items. Put anything that is in the wrong spot in its correct home.


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