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11 tips to organise your fridge

14 June 2015

A clean and organised fridge is a sign of a well-run kitchen. When it’s time to eat, the last thing you want to do is open your fridge and spend time finding your leftovers or worse, trying to figure out if they’re still good to eat.

We’ve done our homework and have come up with a list of 11 tips to organise your fridge; keeping it clean and easy to find all your fresh food and drinks:

1. Keep things in place with baskets

credit: buzzfeed

credit: buzzfeed

Use baskets or containers to keep things organised and in place. The bonus is that baskets are easy to pull in and out of the fridge so it’s easier to find something.

source: mouthsofmums.com.au

2. Cover your shelves with plastic wrap or Glad wrap

Organise your fridge: plastic mat

If you hate cleaning, just cover your shelves with plastic mats or Glad wrap. When spills happen, just peel it off and toss it. Easy!

source: buzzfeed.com

3. Keep raw meat and seafood on the bottom shelf to prevent unwanted drips

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credit: pixlbit.com

To stop any unwanted drips from contaminating your food below, wrap your meat and seafood properly and store them on the bottom shelf of your fridge… or just put them on a plate to keep drips contained.

source: squawkfox.com

4. Use see-through containers for leftovers

credit: annienygma.com
credit: annienygma.com

We’ve recently read that the average lifespan of leftovers should be 4 days max. Store them in clear glass containers so you are aware of what meals you can make and how long you have to eat them. See-through containers will allow you to plan ahead and take visual inventory of what you have.

source: laurenconrad.com

5. Put lazy susans or turntables in your fridge

Organise your fridge: lazy susan

Lazy susans and turntables can make your salad dressing and leftovers easy to find. Use them and you’ll never forget something in the back of your fridge ever again.

source: marthastewart.com

6. Use a bulldog clip to stop beers rolling

Organise your fridge: binder clip

Use a bulldog clip to keep bottles and jars from rolling sideways in the fridge. Simply stack your bottles or jars up in a pyramid on top of each other, attached a bulldog clip to one of the wires on the shelf, and voila!

source: checkmedaily.com

7. Remove food that doesn’t need to be chilled

Organise your fridge: tomatoes

Be aware of what you should keep out of the fridge. For instance, you shouldn’t refrigerate tomatoes, honey, potatoes or onions. The cold temperature will actually make them lose their appeal. Tomatoes will turn mushy, potatoes will get a weird sweet flavour, honey will get thick and onions will lose go soft.

source: lifehack.org

8. Take a photo of your fridge before you go grocery shopping

Organise your fridge: picture

Get a snapshot of what’s inside your fridge with your phone so you won’t be buying things you already have – It’s easier than writing a long list!

source: buzzfeed.com

9. Label containers with their open date

Organise your fridge: label

Keep a roll of masking tape and a sharpie near the fridge so you can label your containers with their open date so you know when it’s time to throw out that mayonnaise. (The mayo above is really old; we hope it’s already been thrown out!)

source: buzzfeed.com

10. Manage your temperature

credit: choice.com.au
credit: choice.com.au

The ideal temperature for a fridge is between 0°C to 4°C. If you go any warmer, you run the risk of growing harmful food bacteria. Any colder can be a waste of energy and some of your food may begin to freeze.

source: laurenconrad.com/choice.com

11. Remove smells in your fridge

Organise your fridge: smells - odors

You can deodorise your fridge with baking soda to remove any lasting smells from leftovers. Place an open container with baking soda inside and let it absorb the smells for at least 24 hours.

source: greenlivingideas.com

Did we miss anything? Share your tips with us.

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