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Your Refrigerator Needs a Makeover

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The refrigerator is the unsung hero of your home. Most people only truly understand its worth when a power outage strikes. It acts as a treasure chest, storing the precious food that keeps you going. Without it, you’d be doomed to a life full of spoiled milk and expired meat. Despite the important role refrigerators play in day-to-day life, many choose to neglect their ice chest. Refrigerators across the land continuously sit in a sad state, bursting at the seams with moldy fruit and expired condiments.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A well-organized fridge can set the stage for a day that runs like clockwork. Keeping your refrigerator in tiptop condition isn’t a difficult task; it just takes a bit of planning and a smidge of effort. The following tips will help you turn your fridge into a mean, clean, lunch-packing machine.

Give It a Scrub

Before you get down to the nitty-gritty details of organizing, you’ll want to give your fridge a good scrubbing. Chances are the scene on the inside is a little on the grimy side. Start by emptying your fridge. Find a spot on a table or counter and make two sections. In one section, put all the items you want to keep. In the second section, place all of the items that are expired or no longer wanted. Remove the shelving from your refrigerator and clean all of the surfaces with a rag and disinfectant. Once everything is sparkling, replace the shelving.

Know Where to Put It

Geography plays a big role when it comes to what should go where in your fridge. Slight variations in temperature and moisture make certain areas cozy homes for some products and nightmares for others. As a general rule of thumb, the coldest portion of your fridge is at the bottom. So, the lowest shelf is where you want to keep your milk, yogurt, sour cream, and other dairy items. Raw meat should also go on the bottom shelf, where it will stay nice and cold. If any of the juices happen to leak, you won’t dirty up your entire refrigerator. Place deli meat inside the slim drawer. The crisper drawer is low in humidity and the perfect place for fruit. Vegetables, on the other hand, will last a bit longer if you store them in the high-humidity drawer sometimes labeled “vegetables.” Your eggs will be the happiest smack dab in the middle of the fridge, where the temperature is the most consistent. Butter, condiments, and soft cheeses will fare well on the door.

Use Tools to Your Advantage

You can use baskets to divide items up by use and keep them all in their assigned places. This also helps cut back on spills that mess up your newly cleaned shelves. Use labels to identify each basket so that other members of your house can follow the system. You can also place spare labels and a marker on a magnet and stick them to the door. Use these to date any leftovers.

Introduce Weekly Cleanouts

Spend 5-10 minutes every week organizing your refrigerator and discarding things you no longer need. If you build this weekly habit, it’ll be a lot easier to keep your fridge clean in the future while efficiently managing your space. This simple chore addition will also make it easy for you to remember what’s in your refrigerator and what will be perishing soon, so you’ll waste less food and save more money.

Scrubbing your shelves, putting things in the right places, using bins and labels and introducing a weekly cleanout chore is the perfect way to treat your refrigerator. Is there anything else that you do to manage your fridge that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your tips!

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Van Daman
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Great article and some wonderful tips!

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