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    20 Clever Ways To Keep Everything In Your Refrigerator Organized

    So you never have to mourn expired food again.

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    1. Invest in a set of clear storage containers to make your intentions to access and consume the stuff that expires first *crystal* clear.

    You shouldn't throw everything in your fridge in bins, but this starter set will give you a leg up in the orderly direction. With these bins, you can pair like with like and prevent spills from rifling through your fridge shelves. (Definitely not talking from messy experience or anything.) Includes two bins, a condiment caddy, and an egg holder.

    Promising review: "I have a double-door fridge and in order to fit larger bottles for juice and milk on a shelf, I have to move a shelf up, which creates a very narrow shelf. It was very hard to find things to go on this shelf. With the egg crate and low-profile bin, I was able to create almost a drawer-like setup where I could put yogurt and eggs and just slide out the tray without having to dig to the back." β€”Katie L.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. And consider buying another sturdy egg holder so you can easily stack the container without crushing your eggs and frittata dreams.

    Promising review: "This is a perfect space saver, and so much better than reusing the disposable cartons! I love that it is longer than a standard carton, utilizing more depth of the fridge shelf. I stack two on a low-clearance shelf and can put 42 eggs in just a little more width than 24 eggs in regular cartons." β€”Kristen J

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (21 eggs).

    3. Clean up spills without dismantling your fridge organization system by putting in some cheap shelf liners you can pull out and rinse.

    Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by a bottle of spilled juice on a fridge shelf. ::raises both hands::

    Promising review: "Works very well at keeping your glass shelves and drawers protected and clean. Easily wipes clean. Looks good too! These mats can also be used as a prepping area on your counter tops too." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of four for $7.99+ (available in several sizes).

    If you prefer to DIY, check out a tutorial with dollar store placemats! on One Thing By Jillee. Or, use press-and-seal plastic wrap to create a temporary barrier on fridge surfaces. Learn more about that on The Virtuous Wife.

    4. Make your crisper drawers less of a farmers market wasteland by lining them in produce life extenders that'll help keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer.

    The longer those fruits and veggies stay alive, the less likely you'll have to clean up rotting produce! These liners are made of anti-mold, moisture-absorbing material and can be trimmed to size.

    Promising review: "I have had them in my vegetable drawer for just about 10 days. The most notable result was that strawberries that I purchased were still fresh after more than a week. Excellent product." β€”Katrina

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    Find even more help with our tricks to make your groceries last longer.

    5. And keep fresh herbs in tip-top shape with an herb-saving container instead of finding them wilted in a produce bag a month later.

    Promising review: "I have two of these, one for cilantro and basil. They keep my herbs for about two weeks or more. Have never been able to do that here in Oklahoma." β€”JBA

    Get it from Amazon for $20.52.

    6. When baking soda and used coffee grounds won't cut it to de-funk, throw in an air-purifying bag to make your fridge smell like less of a landfill every time you open it.

    Promising review: "We grew lots of onions and cut them and stored in the freezer, but low and behold the onion smell was really strong and the baking soda just did not do it. After a day the smell was reduced and the second day, totally gone. I waited a few more days and the strong odor was still gone. The small suction cup held up on the side and the bag just goes right on it β€” so EASY." β€”Lynn G.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    7. Keep bacon strips (and other cold meats) safer for longer with this handy bacon keeper.

    It's also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I was tired of putting leftover uncooked bacon back into that slimy package. Now I just take out all of the bacon, and whatever I don’t use, I place it right into the Keeper. I was surprised to see how fresh the bacon kept. After over two weeks, it was still soft and light pink in color. Not brown and hard like it usually gets after a few days." β€”Lucy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    While you're here, read up on how to store all your groceries.

    8. Divvy up your bulk buys into manageable portions β€” both for storage and meal prep β€” with a vacuum sealing system to make sure you finally eat all that food from your ambitious Costco haul.

    Promising review: "Can't say enough about this unit. I had a very old Seal-a-Meal that died after about 20 years or more. Some of the nice features: You can stop the vacuum to avoid squishing the food but still seal the bag. It will vacuum seal completely, just a little, or not at all β€” just seal. You can re-seal a potato chip or pretzel bag (and less snacking that way :-). I use it to seal the bag of brown sugar so it doesn't dry out. I buy frozen fruit for smoothies and the bags can be resealed. I buy the pint-sized FoodVac bags which are very cost effective and seal single serving leftovers. It's so useful I leave it out on my counter all the time. I measure dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies and seal them for future, quicker baking." β€”lwf928

    Get it from Amazon for $83.25.

    9. Bring stuff you'd normally shove to the back of the fridge within easy reach by placing bottles of condiments and more on lazy susans.

    Reaching for a bottle of ketchup to only topple over your hot sauce collection is never not devastating.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the functionality of this turntable. I organize my toiletries, sauces, supplements...endless possibilities! It turns easily. My best buy this year!" β€”MegNg

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors, three sizes).

    10. Learn what shouldn't be chilled so you won't have to sacrifice precious space to the not-so-cool items.

    Place onions, garlic, and shallots and hole-y paper bag instead. Get the deets on The Yummy Life.

    P.S. You can also store (whole, unwashed) mushrooms in a paper bag, stick the bag in the fridge, and they'll last for a week.

    11. And stash the stuff that shouldn't be in the fridge nearby with this slim, slide-out caddy skinny but tall enough to place in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets.,

    Promising review: "I had exactly 5.5" between two tall cabinets in my newly refaced kitchen. I bought two of these racks and could not be more pleased! The plastic is heavy-duty, and the rack itself very sturdy. I was able to clear out my entire cabinet of all my spices, K-cups and cooking oil, etc.,...and all of it fit nicely on this rack. Assembly was literally a snap β€” we had both racks put together in five minutes. My kitchen is very spacious, but the setup is bad, leaving me precious little in practical storage space. This was the perfect solution, at a very good price. I almost wish I had another gap between other cabinets so I could buy more." β€”LadyBronco

    Get it from Amazon for $40.98.

    12. Spare some shelf space by lofting beer bottles with these magnetic strips.

    Promising review: "This gizmo is truly a favorite of mine. BottleLoft's strong magnets hold soda or beer (by the caps) from the 'ceiling' of the fridge, making more room on the shelf, and it looks modern, organized, and great! I had to buy a new fridge and couldn't pry the strips off the old one. That's how strong they are. So I just bought more new ones!" β€”Bev

    Get a set of two strips (enough to hold six bottles) from Uncommon Goods for $38.

    13. Or stack bev bottles (beer, soda, champagne, etc.,) easily on a simple rubber mat.

    Promising review: "Each one holds 10 beers/Cokes/whatever in a pyramid which is not only cool looking, but a very efficient use of space. It's a pretty small fridge but I can still easily get 80 beers in there, which lasts a long, long time. We also have one in our main fridge for bottles of wine/champagne/such." β€”Alan Montgomery

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

    14. And keep opened bottles from making a boozy mess with this leak-proof wine saver that'll set firmly on a shelf.

    Promising review: "Expensive but worth it! We moved and bought a counter-depth fridge, so it has a smaller interior. There is limited 'standing space' so I have to 'trust' other wine stoppers, which make me nervous. I took a gamble on this one, A TRUE WINNER! I pay $$ for my wine. A little more for a dependable stopper is well worth it!" β€”Bright spot

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. Give everything a name (and the date that it goes bad) with a label maker that feels very ~official~.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.76 (includes tape).

    Or, opt for a roll of 250 of these pre-typed labels that just need filling out under "Date" and Contents" from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. Prevent your LaCroix habit from disrupting your appliance's newfound order with a can dispenser.


    Promising review: "Works perfectly. You have to kind of guide the first few into place, but once they're in there, everything just runs around the rails like it should. It's been really nice not having boxes of soda in the fridge. I can even get my husband to restock it. I'm not sure why, maybe it's fun to watch them go down the rails?" β€”Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three designs).

    17. Make better use of a tall shelf with this under-shelf basket to hold items that make for an awkward fit elsewhere.

    Get it from Jet for $17.11+ (available in two sizes).

    18. Toss the old plastic containers stained with curry from your fav Thai takeout join (yum) and meal prep with these stackable storage containers instead.

    These are easy to clean, shatter-proof, and odor-resistant. I own them!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THESE CONTAINERS!! They passed the no-stain test with flying colors! They clean up great, no problems going from fridge to microwave and best of all, no discoloring. This is definitely one of those times where 'You get what you paid for!' applies. These cost a bit more, but they are WORTH IT!" β€”Cinnamon Twin

    Get the 28-piece set from Amazon for $35.99.

    19. Preserve salads for as long as possible in a tiny fridge footprint by packing them in mason jars. (Just be sure to store them upright!),

    This one comes with a lid to hold your dressing. But, you can put a mason jar you already have to good use with our guide to packing a mason-jar salad. Oh, and when it's time to eat them, dump them in a bowl! I found that out the hard way when I packed a work lunch mason jar.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect container to put my salad in for the office. No more worries about if my lunch container will fit in the community fridge or if my lunch bag is staying cold enough until lunch time. Super portable and convenient, and the dressing cup holds the perfect amount for your salad." β€”Jennylynn Morton

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. Encourage using up all the food you already have in your fridge with this magnetic dry-erase menu planner that'll stick to the front of a fridge door.

    Promising review: "It fits easily and neatly on the refrigerator so the family can see dinner plans for the week. Plus, it has an extra section where you can start writing down the next week's menu ideas! As a busy mom, wife, and teacher this comes in handy for meal prepping." β€”Jennifer Kaczor

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    So now maybe you won't have to watch the John Oliver segment on food waste on the reg since you'll actually eat stuff in your fridge before it expires!!!


    Or just watch it anyway. It's an excellent segment that'll convince you to be less wasteful and organization will make that *much* more doable! Prepared to be horrified about America's food waste problem, even if you don't care about its environmental effects!

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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