Fantastic Fridge Hacks to Help Tame Rampant Refrigerator Clutter

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It’s a scenario that plays out in many homes. From the outside, the fridge in the kitchen looks great; clean, fingerprint free and maybe even playfully accented with a couple of the kids’ latest masterpieces. Inside, however, is a different story. All of that healthy organic produce that was so carefully purchased is buried somewhere underneath a pile of cold cut packages of various different sizes and questionable ages. There are a couple of plates of random leftovers, ketchup has leaked all over the juice bottle and something that used to be cheese but now seems to be a mold monster is lurking menacingly in the butter tray. It’s not a pretty – or healthy – sight. Sound a bit familiar?

Rather than keep on diving into the abyss, grabbing what you need and then slamming the fridge door shut, resolving to sort things out ‘soon’ take some time, maybe this weekend, to implement some of these clever fridge hacks that will make keeping your refrigerator clutter free so much easier.

Compartmentalize

Photo: Container Store
Photo: Container Store

One of the easiest ways to organize things in the fridge is to compartmentalize them, in this case making use of clear plastic bins that store like with like and make everything easy to find and clearly visible, so that if something is beginning to go off it can be removed quickly before it spoils something else. Plastic trays and storage boxes like these are usually easily found in the housewares section of your local big box store and only cost a dollar or two each.

Craft Some Egg Carton Organizers 

Photo: Gawker
Photo: Gawker

Most condiments – ketchup, mustard, salad dressings etc – usually pour far more easily if they are stored upside down, it often even advises that on the label. However the odd shapes of the bottles usually makes doing so rather hard and everything keeps toppling over. The solution? Odd shaped condiment bottles are cradled perfectly by the individual slots in the bottom half of an egg box and it’s another great way to keep like with like and organized as well.

Prioritize Consumption

Photo: Closette
Photo: Closette

Some refrigerated items simply have a far shorter shelf life than others and need to be eaten up quickly. All too often though they are not because they were buried at the back of fridge where no one could see them. Making use of an ‘Eat Me First’ box like this one will help prevent that from happening.

Save the Salads 

Photo: Everitt Crossfit
Photo: Everitt Crossfit

You come to make a salad for work using that lovely organic produce you picked up at the farmer’s market only to find that in a matter of just a day or so it’s turned into a withered, mushy mess that even most rabbits would turn their nose up at. It’s disappointing to say the least. You can avoid this by making single serve salad portions ahead of time and then storing them in mason jars where they will stay crispy and fresh for up to a week.

Rescue Lost Leftover Containers

Photo: Daily Mail
Photo: Daily Mail

To avoid leftover containers from becoming the receptacles of science experiments rather than the guardians of the still good remains of that marvelous meatloaf (or whatever) attach dollar store magnets to the bottoms of the containers and attach to them to the metal walls of the fridge where they can be easily seen.

Create a Kid Friendly Zone 

Photo: Stockpiling Moms
Photo: Stockpiling Moms

If your kids can’t find what they are looking for in the fridge when they get home from school and are in search of a snack chances are that they will look for it. But they’ll trash the fridge in the process and putting things back where they came from is highly unlikely to cross their mind. By keeping those snacks in their own, clearly visible section of the fridge all of that is easily avoided.

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