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    Updated on Jun 29, 2020. Posted on Jul 27, 2019

    27 Better Ways To Store Everything In Your Fridge

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    1. Start by emptying out the fridge and scrubbing it down with a multipurpose cleaner. Starting fresh is exciting, plus you'll have a better idea of how much space you actually have in your fridge. Now is also the time to toss out that mysterious takeout box that's been chilling in the back for months.

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    Promising review: "This is an absolutely amazing surface cleaner. It works incredibly well, even on those little splashes that get 'cooked' on the stove top or when something goes amiss in the fridge. I just spritz some on, let it sit a few minutes, and then wipe it away with a paper towel. Easy peasy." —Tolly

    Get an eight-pack of this well-reviewed cleaner from Amazon for $34.32 (available in honeycrisp apple).

    2. Divide your fridge into zones so everything has its designated place. You can prevent clutter from creeping in if you can stick to these sections.

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    Get more storage tips from the Sears Home Services blog.

    3. Liven up your boring fridge with colorful machine-washable fridge liners that absorb spills, prevent bruising, and extend the shelf life of your produce.

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    Each set contains six liners that are 12 inches by 24 inches. These liners will need to be cut to the size of your fridge's specific shelf dimensions.

    Promising review: "Thrilled with these. My fridges (one mini, one normal size but old) were in need of a fix. These were so easy to use, funky (I choose two patterns and alternated shelves), and look like they'll hold up well and keep away messes to come. My fridge is no longer an unpleasant place to explore but an extension of my decor and taste." —Krista Madsen

    Get them from Amazon for $10.50.

    4. Clip on a pull out bin so you can organize all the fruit you bought after telling yourself this was the week you were going to start eating healthy. The baskets are detachable and can hold up to 20 pounds.

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    The rails lengthen from 14.57 inches to 22.4 inches so make sure your fridge is large enough to comfortably house the bins. Hook height (this affects how much space you need between shelves) varies depending on the model you buy.

    Promising review: "This thing saved me from a messy fridge. I just moved to a new apartment and the fridge is small and old with only two shelves on bottom. This product is sturdy, easy to assemble, fits perfectly, and looks great!" —buka

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in a three-pack).

    5. Install a ziplock bag organizer for your fridge or freezer because who knows where your missing Tupperware is (seriously, where the heck is it?).

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    The rails extend from 13.78 inches to 20.87 inches long, and the hooks can be set between 0.7 inches to 0.98 inches high. Each organizer holds 11 ziplock bags and can support up to 22 pounds. Am I the only one suddenly feeling inspired to meal prep?

    Promising review: "The organizer works great. Keeps bags of leftovers and small items organized and easily accessible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

    6. Add a lazy Susan that holds all your random sauce bottles and keeps your food separate from your roomie's.

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    Promising review: "This thing is perfect for stuffing all those baby pouches and snack bars in! We go through them like water for our toddler and this makes it easy to grab and go, and to see everything at once." —C. Andrews

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in 10 colors and styles).

    7. Arrange your plastic stackable bins so you always know when it's time for a grocery run — because there's nothing worse than grabbing a pudding cup only to realize they're all gone. What kind of monster puts the empty box back in the fridge? Snack time is officially ruined and I hope you're happy.

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    Each set includes two wide drawers, two narrow drawers, one can dispenser (holds 10 12-ounce cans), and one egg drawer.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. My fridge look so much more organized and clean, now I know where everything is and these make it so much easier to reach." —karen kerr

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99.

    8. Save your money with produce containers that actually keep your fruits and veggies crisp. Sad, brown, wilted lettuce be gone!

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    Promising review: "I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough." —Elizabeth Walter

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six sizes).

    9. Stop letting your food spoil with an "Eat Me First" box. This way, the food you need to eat soon is is in your line of sight to prevent waste.

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    Any container you have lying around will work! (Photo from the now-defunct blog Clossette.)

    10. Group your water and wine bottles in a handy plastic drink rack because we could all benefit from some good ol' H2O (and maybe a glass of wine too if you're offering, thanks!).

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    Promising review: "I had been searching for the perfect way to organize my fridge and create more space. These were just the thing. They allow me to keep my Nalgene bottles, water bottles, wine bottles, etc., cool while not completely taking over my fridge." —mjmendo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two styles).

    11. And opt for stackable bottle holders so no summer barbecue is without an endless supply of cold drinks.

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    Promising review: "The inside of the refrigerator looks more organized, plus I can actually get more into it. Love them!!" —Charlie S.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. Minimize dead space in your fridge with an under-shelf wire basket.

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    Promising review: "There is no assembly needed. They slide in nicely on the shelves. Great to use." —Barbara Ohlson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (originally $39.99).

    13. Organize your sauce bottles with a DIY holder made from a recycled egg carton. Store the bottles upside down so gravity does the work for you. No more slapping the bottom of your ketchup and mustard 50 million times.

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    14. Preserve your half-eaten fruits or veggies with a silicone food hugger so tomorrow's avocado toast doesn't have those sketchy-looking brown spots.

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    Promising review: "These fit perfect over my veggies, such as cucumbers, red and green peppers, and bananas. It keeps the cut edges from turning brown and saves on using plastic bags and plastic wrap. [Plus, they're] easy to clean." —Gala

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three styles).

    15. Attach labels to all your clear plastic containers so you always know where to look for certain ingredients. No more emptying out every drawer because you can't find the cheese.

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    Blogger Clean and Scentsible shows just how much this helps in the fridge. You can grab a set of 16 stickers *and* four plastic bins from Amazon for $34.99. One pack includes labels for cheese, dressings, meats, yogurt, fruits, veggies, snacks (two), drinks, spices, packets, grains, pasta, drinks, baking, and sauces.

    16. Keep your pre-portioned snacks in an assigned bin so you and your kids can always reach for something healthy when you're feeling peckish.

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    Fortunately, recreating this tip from blogger IHeartOrganizing is so easy! Get a set of three similar bins from Amazon for $15.66. Each plastic container is 12 inches long by 8 inches wide.

    17. Use washi tape to label your leftovers so you don't have to conduct a sniff test to figure out how long it's been sitting and if it's safe to eat.

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    With blogger Organizing Made Fun's idea, you'll finally remember to eat those leftovers before they go bad. Get 30 rolls of colorful washi tape from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. Store your raw meats in their own clear containers to prevent cross-contamination. A bin with a removable drain plate will come in handy, especially if you're waiting for meat to thaw.

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    Promising review: "No more leaking all over the fridge when thawing frozen meat... [these containers] will not be big enough for like a whole rack of ribs but they are perfect for pork chops or chicken breasts and can store more without the lid on. Also great for washed vegetables or fruits. They are stackable so it save room in the fridge, love them." —Doleman

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two styles).

    19. Impress your friends and help the environment with a fancy glass pitcher that takes up less room than a pack of your favorite store-bought iced teas and cold brew. Plus, you'll save a ton of money by making your drinks at home.

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    Made of borosilicate glass that can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, this pitcher is microwave-safe and can even be used on a stovetop to boil water. The strainer does an excellent job of filtering out pulp and seeds in your fruit-infused water, and you can also use it to brew loose tea.

    Promising review: "I have started infusing water with fresh fruit and the mesh and wire strainer are great for keeping the fruit bits from pouring into my glass. The pitcher is glass and feels sturdy...even though it also feels a little dainty. The lid fits well and does not leak." —Stacy Z

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three sizes).

    20. Prevent spoilage with a bacon keeper so you don't have to fry up a massive pan every time you open a package.

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    Promising review: "Before we were just using a ziplock that we'd wash between packs of bacon but I was over it. This is adorable, fits a whole package of bacon (minus the plastic packaging of course), and snaps shut nicely!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $8.31 (available in pink).

    21. Switch to leak-proof, shatter-resistant, air-tight see-through containers so you can quickly take stock of your fridge's contents.

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    Promising review: "They remain crystal clear even after a week in the fridge with chili in them. I take them to and from work, and then they go in the dishwasher. They really take abuse well and still look new. These are solid, sturdy, easy to clean, and do not harbor bad smells. They even have vent holes so you can microwave in the container without splatter." —Lisa M.

    Get a seven-container set from Amazon for $53.62 (available in five sizes).

    Check out our full Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers review to see why we think they're so great.

    22. Take advantage of vertical space with magnetic bottle holders. Where have these been all my life???

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    Promising review: "Of all the things I have bought that I didn't need, this is one of my favorites. Beer is hard to get out of the cardboard carrier in the top of my fridge. While just taking them out and sitting them on the shelf would have solved this problem as well. This solution is more fun. They float and technically it does make a tiny bit of extra space under the beer for small thinks like cheese or something." —AbbyValentine

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    23. Ditch plastic produce bags at the store in favor of reusable mesh sacks that let your fruits and veggies breathe, preventing the accumulation of moisture that causes food to rot.

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    Each bag weighs less than 1/3 of an ounce, so it won't affect your total much (if at all) at checkout.

    Promising review: "Bought these to be earth-friendly and found that they actually keep produce fresh longer in the fridge. Lettuce doesn't wilt as quickly as it does in a plastic bag and grapes stay firmer. Durable, washable, better for the environment, and keeps my food fresh longer. Win win!" —Julie S

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $12.97.

    24. Cool your soda and condiments in portable plastic holders instead of bulky cardboard boxes.

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    Promising review: "I always am looking for ways to have more room in my fridge. Being able to stack cans vertically is amazing. I have two of these in the fridge door and have saved so much space compared to other can holders I've tried." —H. Balas

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. Apply magnets to the bottom of your food storage containers and attach them to any magnetic surfaces in your fridge.

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    This trick can also work on the outside your fridge if it's magnetic.

    Get a six-pack of magnets from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in an eight-pack and a 12-pack).

    26. Enjoy your fruits and veggies for longer with a produce saver that's as cute as it is functional. Your love for these adorable holders will go ~onion on~.

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    These BPA-free containers protect soft produce from getting squished and trap pungent odors so they don't spread to the rest of the food in your fridge. Take them with you so you can enjoy your fruits and veggies on the go, and then toss them in the dishwasher when you're done.

    Promising review: "I will not claim that my cut bell peppers last longer than they did in Ziploc bags; however, they last at least as long, and there are two advantages to using the saver: less money spent on bags and less plastic in the landfill. Plus, it looks darn cute! and helps with organizing food in the fridge and not forgetting about it until it's too late." —Tylla Wolf

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 13 styles).

    27. Make room in your freezer with a stackable ice cube tray. This one has a removable silicone lid, meaning you can store it at an angle without worrying about the ice cubes falling out. More space for ice cream!

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    Promising review: "I have owned this ice cube tray for approximately four months and I have loved every day we've had together. I've considered inviting people into my home and offering them a glass of water just so they can watch in awe as I peel back the silicone top and cool the crap out of their drink. The ice cubes taste like fresh ice and the name does not lie — these ice cubes DO NOT SPILL. I sometimes turn it upside down in my freezer just to spice things up." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two styles).

    Now take a take a look at your perfectly organized fridge and give yourself a pat on the back!

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