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    Apr 4, 2020

    21 Clever Ways To Keep Everything In Your Refrigerator Organized

    Better situate your food (and your fam) to make sure it all gets eaten instead of going to waste.

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    1. Buy a set of clear storage containers so no one has the excuse of the yogurt you're supposed to use up first being hidden behind tons of other stuff. Are we clear? *Crystal*

    Target

    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.

    Get them from Target for $30.99.

    2. Consider buying another sturdy egg holder so you can easily stack the container without crushing your eggs and frittata dreams. (BTW, frittatas are easy ways to use up lots of fresh ingredients and feed a crowd.)

    Target

    Each of these lidded containers will hold 12 eggs in individual compartments.

    Get a three-pack from Target for $24.99.

    3. Prevent your LaCroix habit from disrupting your appliance's newfound order with a can dispenser that'll be easy to wipe clean.

    Target

    Seriously though, how many times has reaching into the cardboard box of a 12-pack of cans caused a min disaster? I can't be the only one.

    Get them from Target: four-pack of low-profile holders for $34.99 or two-pack of tall holders for $15.99

    4. Easily wipe up spills without disrupting everything in your fridge by putting in some cheap shelf liners you can pull out and rinse.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    No more "ignoring" those spill drips because you don't want to be the one to clean them up. We're ALL done it. (I think. Plz don't let me be the only one.)

    Promising review: "This product is well-made, not flimsy, and the ridges contain spills. Each piece is the perfect size for my refrigerator shelves!" —Chevygirl

    Get a three-pack from Bed Bath & Beyond for $5.99. Also check out some pricier antimicrobial fridge liner from Target for $19.99/roll.

    If you prefer to DIY, check out a tutorial with dollar store placemats on One Thing By Jillee.

    5. Prevent your crisper drawers from looking like a farmers market graveyard by lining them in produce life extenders that'll help keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    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 bought this because my veggies kept going bad before I could use them. This drawer liner was perfect to keep my veggies and fruits nice and fresh for a long time." —Joes

    Get a three-pack from Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

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

    6. 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.

    Sur la Table

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. I gave one to both of my sons' families and they love it. Then I bought one for myself. Highly recommend it." —Suzanne L

    Get it from Sur la Table for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    7. Swap the baking soda and used coffee grounds for an air-purifying bag to make your fridge smell like less of a landfill every time you open it. AND it'll take up zero shelf space.

    Moso

    Promising review: "Worked great after two boxes of baking soda did not. I like that it’s 'rechargeable' and recyclable." —JMcS

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99 each.

    8. Keep bacon strips, cold meats, and cheese safer for longer with this handy deli keeper.

    The Container Store

    It's also BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I always kept the ham and cheese in the wax paper and plastic baggies they come in from the market. Now, I remove them from the paper, line the ProKeeper with a paper towel and my food lasts longer. These containers are airtight and easy to clean!" —Magnumbull

    Get it from The Container Store for $12.79.

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

    9. And cut down on clutter thanks to silicone cheese and butter huggers that'll take up so much less space than food storage containers.

    Uncommon Goods

    Plus they're dishwasher-safe!

    Get the set of five from Uncommon Goods for $10.

    10. Divvy up your bulk buys into normal-size portions — both for storage and meal prep — with a vacuum sealing system to make sure you finally eat all that food from your ambitious Costco haul.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "This thing is the BOMB! Keeps food safe from freezer burn a long time. Told my brother the trick not to suck juices out of things he's sealing is to put the item in the freezer about 20 minutes first. Problem solved!" —Charles

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99.

    11. 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.

    The Container Store

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

    Promising review: "This is really good! Very sturdy; holds the heaviest oil bottles and turns perfectly. I have two of these." —daoulet

    Get it from The Container Store for $7.19 and check out more lazy susans here.

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

    theyummylife.com

    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.

    13. And stash the stuff that shouldn't be in the fridge nearby with this slim, slide-out caddy that's skinny but tall enough to place in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets. You can also put some pantry staples in here too.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I love this product. I measured the space next to my fridge in my apartment and it was the perfect fit. I'm able to keep cleaning supplies and non-perishables in a place that is nearly out of sight but still easily reachable. I use it for products that I don't use often but want to keep handy. It freed up a lot of space in my storage area as well as under the sink. It is a plastic product that connects together fairly easily. It didn't 'snap' in place the way I thought it would and it can come apart if you don't pull on it evenly but I'd never seen anything quite like it before. The wheels are one direction and not spinners so you'll need to pull it straight in and out. Overall, this is a great product and if I had another inch of space on the other side of my fridge, I would have bought a second one." —Diana

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $29.99+ (available in three or five tiers).

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

    Uncommon Goods

    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!" —Bev

    Get two strips (enough to hold six bottles) from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    15. Or stack bev bottles (beer, soda, champagne, etc.,) easily on a simple rubber mat to prevent a wet disaster.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "Wow! Such a small item that makes a big difference in my fridge! I really love this! My cans of sparkling water and beer are existing together and taking up less space. It is crazy fun to stack! And I wish I could invent something so simple and so practical." —GrandmaCat

    Get it from The Container Store for $5.59 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

    16. And keep opened bottles from making a boozy mess with this leak-proof wine saver that works whether the bottle is vertical or horizontal.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "They work great. Easy to use and you can set the bottle flat, but I always leave them upright. I will buy again. A+++" —Robert

    Get a two-pack from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

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

    Staples

    Get it from Staples for $29.99.

    18. Or use some sleek clear labels to put on all your containers.

    The Container Store

    Get a 36-pack of labels from The Container Store for $7.99.

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

    The Container Store

    Get it from The Container Store for $5.59+ (available in three sizes).

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

    Rubbermaid

    Set includes 7 plastic food storage containers and 7 lids with a 100% leakproof guarantee. But don't listen to me about them! Check out our full review of these Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers.

    Get the 20-piece set from The Container Store or Bed Bath & Beyond for $39.99.

    21. 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.

    planOvation / Etsy

    Plus you can customize this beaut with color, font, and more!

    Get it from planOvation on Etsy for $25.95.

    So it's *especially* important to eat what you have now to prevent hoarding and make food accessible for everyone. Hopefully these tips will help you do just that! Plus if you need some more motivation you can watch the every-delightful John Oliver's segment on food waste.

    HBO

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