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    21 Clever Ways To Keep Your Refrigerator Organized

    Fix your fridge, fix your life. Kinda.

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    1. Invest in a set of clear storage containers so you can access items quickly...especially the stuff that expires first.

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    You don't have to organize everything in your fridge with bins, but this starter set will be a step in the orderly direction. You can pair like with like and prevent spills from rifling through your fridge shelves.

    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." --Katie L.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99. Includes two bins, a condiment caddy, and an egg holder.

    2. And maybe buy another sturdy egg holder so you can easily stack the container without crushing your eggs.

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    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." --Kristen J

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+. / Available in four sizes.

    3. Clean up spills more efficiently by making some (cheap) custom shelf liners.

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    With dollar store placemats! Get the tutorial 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. When baking soda and used coffee grounds don't cut it, opt for an air-purifying bag to make your fridge smell like less of a mess.

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    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 -- so EASY." --Lynn G.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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

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    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." --Lucy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    While you're at it, read our explainer on how to store all your groceries.

    6. Divvy up your bulk buys into manageable portions -- both for storage and meal prep -- with a vacuum sealing system that promises to keep stuff fresher for up to 6X longer.

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    Promising Review: "I used some cut zucchini for my testing. It's a bit loud and I will compare it to the sound of a vacuum cleaner powering on. Once it's done, it seals the bag and it's ready to go. That's all there is to it. I was left with an air tight bag of cut zucchini. This type of device is especially useful for people who love to stock up on a good deal at the grocery store. I will be using it for meat deals so that I can store it in my freezer for a long time." --Kawaii Kairi

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    7. Put everything within easy reach by placing bottles of condiments and more on lazy susans.

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    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!" --MegNg

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39+. / Available in 9", 12", and 18" sizes.

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

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    Take out the onions, garlic, and shallots and put them in a 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 it in the fridge, and they'll last for a week.

    9. And stash the stuff that shouldn't be in the fridge nearby with this slim, slide-out caddy that's just the right size to put in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets.

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    Promising Review: "I had exactly 5 1/2" 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 -- 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." --LadyBronco

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    10. Consider wire storage containers for your freezer so you can still track down stuff without looking through plastic walls of foggy condensation.

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    Promising Review: "I bought four sets of two each. They are what I needed for my freezer to keep it organized. It only took me 45 years to figure that out!!!! I have nine baskets -- one came from another appliance we have. Worked out just fine with three baskets on three shelves. Now I find things in the freezer so easily! Worth the money and time it took to organize everything -- about 45 minutes." --Strega

    Get them from Amazon for $9.26+. / Available in regular and extra deep.

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

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    Promising Review: "These work so well. I bought the big pack and daringly put them under a shelf on the door because it was nice free space. I didn't know if the force from opening and closing the refrigerator door would make them fall, but so far it has worked perfectly and the bottles are held tightly." --mollyk0005

    Get a set of two strips (enough to hold six bottles) from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. Or stack bottles of nearly anything (beer, soda, champagne, etc.,) easily on this unassuming rubber mat.

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    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." --Alan Montgomery

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

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

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    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!" --Bright spot

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

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    Promising Review: "What did I ever do before a label maker? I couldn't find anything! I am labeling all the weird containers I put in the fridge so food does not sit there and spoil, along with many office items." --Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.29+.

    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.

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

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    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?" --Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89+.

    16. Make better use of a tall shelf with this under-shelf sliding basket.

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    Promising Review: "It helps keep extra items separated like kids' snacks or breads. I ordered two originally and loved them so much I ordered the third. My fridge is now very organized and easily accessible." --Marie Lockhart

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    17. Toss the old plastic takeout containers and meal prep with these stackable storage containers instead.

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    These are easy to clean, shatter-proof, and odor-resistant.

    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!" --Cinnamon Twin

    Get the 28-piece set from Amazon for $35.97.

    18. 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.

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    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." --Jennifer Kaczor

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Stop fridge funk before it starts with these produce-saving drawer liners that'll save your money in the long run.

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    Promising Review: "We eat mainly organic, and organic fruits and veggies are expensive. They also spoil quicker than their conventional counterparts. I hate spending money on produce to turn around and throw it out because it spoiled before we used it. I have thrown hundreds of dollars of produce away over the past year due to spoilage. These liners are made of foam, which allow the air to circulate around your fruits and veggies so that they don't spoil as quickly. I like that this allows me to keep my produce fresh longer and I can go shopping just once a week for my produce instead of taking trips throughout the week to pick up a little here and there." --Kimberly Leger

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.98.

    20. And keep fresh herbs in tip-top shape with an herb-saving container.

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    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." --JBA

    Get it from Amazon for $20.52.

    21. 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!)

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    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.

    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." --Jennylynn Morton

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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