Today, I plan on organizing the frig. It’s the most used appliance in the house and I will show you how in 5 quick and easy steps you can whip yours into shape! If your house is anything like mine, this most loved appliance has been in overdrive during the holiday months and is in much need of some TLC.
Here is the before of my frig. (Alright, no judgement here on what’s inside! We are friends, after all.)
As you can see, there is not any room for anything. Also, nothing can really be found without moving everything around. Nothing has it’s own spot and it’s just crammed in there anywhere it fits! This just doesn’t work!
Five steps to an organized frig
1. Take everything out
It’s always easier to clean when you start with a blank slate. So clear off the counters so there is room to remove it all. Now, start emptying everything out! As I am doing this step I keep a trash can nearby so I can toss old food and produce. Also, check those expiration dates! Nobody wants to end up sick from old olives!
2. Clean all surfaces
Get out your favorite antibacterial cleaner and scrub away. You can read more about what products I use in my kitchen in this post. Take out all drawers and with warm soap and water wash them down. This part is so satisfying. Nice and clean!
3. Corral like items
Now it’s time to take a look at what we have that needs to be back in the frig. Grouping like items together not only makes it easier to find things in a hurry, but also helps with defining spaces. Just like any other spaces in our house whether it’s a closet or a drawer it’s much easier to keep them clean if there are like things with like things. Same principle applies to the frig. Ex. All salad dressings together, all snacks for kids together…you get the idea. Side note: I have been working on getting my family on board with this idea for years! They are a work in progress on the organized front so I have my hands cut out for me! But I’m always hoping…
4. Make a plan for zones
In my frig I like to keep snacks for the kids all in one place that they can reach. So I know I need a container for it and also for it to be low enough my children can grab it either for lunches or snacks on their own. My frig containers like this are from Target. I believe you can find them everywhere. They are made for the frig and has a handle to make it easy to remove. Here are some that work great!
I was filling the frig back up on such a fast pace I forgot to take any pictures of each section as they were put in. (face palm) #bloggermistake
- All condiments went in the doors. (I read somewhere that milk should never be housed in the door because it is the warmest area of the frig.) I put salad dressings on the left-hand side in those narrow compartments and everything else from marinates to pasta sauces all on the right-hand side.
- At the top is where my left-overs ended up. This way they are at eye level with any adult and are easy to spot. Nothing is worse than having mystery leftovers hidden in the back of the frig! Yikes!
- Our most used beverages that we use every day are all in this section.
Same principles applied to the deli drawer. On the left, I put things for lunches like sliced cheeses and deli meats. In the middle I have blocks of cheese and the front has opened blocks of cheese that have been shredded or just opened all labeled in ziplock bags. On the right-hand side, I have string cheeses. I take them out of the packaging and put them in small containers I had on hand. These are the containers for meal preps, but they worked perfect. I do them this way so they will be easier to grab on the go. I also separate them from one another so even my little one can grab one.
5. Only put back what is needed
In our house we have a large refrigerator in the garage that we keep water bottles and beverages in. So while I was cleaning out the frig those items that did not belong in here were relocated back to the garage where they belong. Now everything has a place and can be spotted easily with just a glance. Nothing worse than a child standing in front of an open frig asking what there is to eat.
And that brings us to the last and most important part!
Okay, so technically this is not a step, but really isn’t the best part of doing an organization job, just standing back and enjoying your hardwork? I say yes! Let’s take a look at before’s and after now!
And After frig
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I have motivated you to concur your after-the-holiday’s frig! If you have any tips and tricks that you like to use I would love to hear about them. Just add them to the comments section below!
For More inspiration, you can see how I organized my pantry in this post.
I also have a section on Pinterest just for organization.