Don’t forget to check out the first part of the blog as I discuss how to declutter and purge your refrigerator.
Once you have purged, it is time to organize your refrigerator. You have created your categories when you sorted.
- Create areas in the fridge or assign a shelf. You could organize by food type (dairy, condiments); size to efficiently use the space or by person if you live with roommates.
- Give each item a place. You will want to return the item to the same place each time you use it. Don’t forget that many times you can adjust shelves!
- Most refrigerators today have pull out drawers, but you might want to get a lazy Susan or a caddy for condiments if you use a lot.
- I encourage you to get glass leftover containers because of the concerns using plastic.
- Store leftovers in a special section to make sure you use them. If you must, consider labeling!
- Keep lunch making ingredients together so you can grab and quickly make your lunch in the morning
- Date and label everything so you know what it is and when you put it in there!
Refrigerator Organized Tips
Cold air sinks, so it collects at the bottom and, in a fridge freezer, the bottom shelves will be coldest. But in a fridge with an ice-making compartment at the top, it will be the top, so that is where you would want to store dairy and meat. Frost-free fridges circulate the air and have much more even temperature distribution.
After you have done all of this with the fridge, repeat the process with the freezer! Remember, freezing only slows down spoilage, it doesn’t prevent it, so purge if you have had things for a long time or don’t know what they are. In the future, take the time to label and date everything.
Here are some green tips for your fridge:
- Stock your fridge. A full one uses less energy. Every time open & close door, the fridge reregulates temperature. If it is stocked with food, less outside air introduced, therefore less outside air to cool.
- Don’t stuff or the air inside won’t circulate (leave an inch or two b/w walls).
- Don’t refrigerate uncovered food: it humidifies air & makes motor work harder.
- Make sure the door closes securely. Here’s how to Test: close door on a dollar bill & see how easily it pulls out. If easily, your door is probably leaking cold air. Get the seal repaired or replaced.
Tip: Make sure the door closes securely. Here’s how to Test: close door on a dollar bill & see how easily it pulls out. If easily, your door is probably leaking cold air. Get the seal repaired or replaced.
Make sure to maintain once you have done your initial declutter. Go through your fridge weekly to get rid of anything rotting and to keep it clean.
How will you organize your fridge?
Go out clear the clutter to create the life you choose, deserve and desire!
DIY Options to Clear Clutter
Purchase Julie’s books on how to clear clutter from your life: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Coraccio/e/B07JGGL7ZL/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Subscribe to Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out Podcast https://reawakenyourbrilliance.com/resources-concierge-services/podcasts/self-help-podcast/
Check out more of my decluttering tips and how to get organized on my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/SeibertRadio?feature=watch