Make sure you check out the first part of my blog on decluttering and purging the refrigerator from May 6th.

Refrigerator Organizing Tips

Once you have purged, it is time to organize your refrigerator. You have created your categories when you sorted.

 

  • Create areas in the refrigerator or assign a shelf. You can organize by food type (dairy, condiments); by size to efficiently use the space, or by a person if you live with roommates or if someone in the family has dietary restrictions.
  • Give each item a place to be stored. 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 if you’re trying to figure out how to make everything fit.
  • Most refrigerators today have pulled out drawers, but you might want to get a lazy Susan or a caddy for condiments if you use a lot. That way you can easily bring to your dining table and put back effortlessly.
  • I encourage you to get glass leftover containers because of the concerns using plastic. If you do use plastic, make sure it’s BPA free.
  • Store leftovers in a special section to make sure you use them. If you must, consider labeling! There’s nothing worse than wasting good leftovers.
  • Keep lunch making ingredients together so you can grab and quickly make your lunch in the morning. Consider doing the same for your dinner ingredients.
  • Date and label everything so you know what it is and when you put it in there!

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.

Green & Eco Friendly Refrigerator Organizing Tips:

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.

 

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.

Takeaways from my two blogs on decluttering and organizing your refrigerator:

  • After emptying everything in the refrigerator, take the time to give it a good, head to toe scrub. Don’t forget to clean the coils on the back.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Purge what is unknown, moldy, crusty or rotting. Don’t put your health at risk!
  • 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.

 

What green refrigerator tips can you try? How can you organize your refrigerator? How can you improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator?

 

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