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Spending more time at home means a fuller fridge for most of us. That's wonderful in some ways — more home-cooked meals, more healthful options.
But when it's packed to the gills, it becomes all too easy to forget about those beautiful, fresh strawberries you picked up at the farmers' market (...three weeks ago) or to lose sight of that moldy cheese hiding out in the rear. Ew.
Never fear! We spoke with two organization experts who swear it's possible to rein in the chaos of your fridge with a few simple tips and tricks.
“The most important first step is to take everything out and toss anything that is expired or you haven’t used and likely won’t ever use,” said Ashley Murphy, cofounder of the NEAT Method. “Once you have done that, sort your items into categories and begin to measure and select products.”
The rest is a matter of finding the right tools to keep items visible, accessible and in tip-top shape. Check out these 10 pro-approved items below, all available at Amazon.
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Divide and conquer your fruits and veggies! This pair of dividers — one of Murphy’s favorite fridge tools — will keep your crisper drawer tidy once and for all. You may even want to buy additional dividers for your dresser, desk and bathroom drawers.
Sometimes two drawers don't cut it. So add more! Snap these pull-out fridge drawer organizers onto the existing fridge shelf and voila, you’ll have more space.
Wonder no more what lurks in the rear. Rachel Rosenthal, founder and organizing expert of Rachel & Company, recommends adding a rotating turntable to help you access the deeper parts of your fridge. This 10-inch option from Madesmart has nearly 5,000 perfect five-star Amazon reviews. It's also available as a double-decker.
Who wants soda cans rolling all around? (Hint: No one.) It's annoying and visually unappealing.
“Put your food in clear containers that fit well on your shelves,” said Rosenthal. “Not only will the container make it easy for you to pull in and out of the fridge and help keep your shelves clean, but it will also help you see what you have and remind you to use it.”
Murphy concurs and recommends these plastic bins from mDesign. Portable and stackable, they’re great for the refrigerator or the freezer and come in a variety of sizes. And you can't argue with over 6,400 five-star Amazon ratings!
Unless you're Popeye, you likely can't eat all your greens in a day. That’s why Rosenthal recommends a produce keeper, such as this OXO Good Grips model. It has an enhanced carbon filter that traps and absorbs ethylene gas, which slows down the aging process and reduces spoilage. The elevated colander also helps promote airflow.
When there's a mishmash of containers, even the tidiest fridge can seem cluttered. Murphy suggests using just one style of rectangular food storage containers to make stacking easier. These simple storage containers with locking lids from Razab are a favorite of hers, she says.
Don't let leftovers get left behind again. Rosenthal has two tips for this: 1.) Keep them in their own designated zone, which makes it a lot easier to figure out if they need to be thrown away. 2.) Invest in reusable bags. Rosenthal's pick: Stasher silicone reusable bags — a more sustainable replacement to plastic zipper bags.
If you buy a lot of canned beverages, Murphy suggests using a dispenser like this one to keep things cool and orderly. Sold as a set of four, each bin holds up to nine standard 12-ounce cans. That's 36 cold ones.
Whether you collect your eggs from backyard chickens or the grocery store, Murphy recommends stackable egg storage containers. They're an easy way to keep track of your egg inventory and make your fridge look pretty at the same time.
Murphy is a big proponent of labeling the contents of your containers. It’s also wise to note the date that you put them in the fridge so you can see at a glance whether they should be tossed. Of course, painter’s tape and a Sharpie will do the trick, but if you want to take it up a notch, a dedicated label maker is great to have in the kitchen, and it's $10 off.
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