Guys and gals, we need to have a talk. When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge? If your answer is “Probably the day I moved in,” then I’m not sure I want to visit your house until you’ve read this post about Organizing Your Refrigerator. We’ve all been there before: the week-old leftovers, the soda cans that disappear to the back of the fridge, the funky smell. But there’s good news: We’ve got a few simple steps for you to follow that will make your fridge smell fresh and work well for you and your family.
Organizing Your Refrigerator
- Now, the first step here is probably pretty obvious: You have to clean the whole thing out before you can start organizing it, right? Take everything out, throw out any leftovers, things that are past their expiration date, and anything else you’re not going to eat. Then clean the actual fridge. Vinegar works well mixed with water to cut through stains and freshen the smell.
- Now that you’ve cleaned it all out, you have to decide how you are going to go about putting everything back. What items do you use most? Can those items go in the door? Does your refrigerator have certain spots for certain things? Use them! Those drawers are labeled “meat” and “veggies” for a reason, you know.
- You can also take a trip to the dollar store for some bins that will fit on your shelves. These will come in handy for organizing things like snacks, fresh fruit, and drinks. Keeping things in specific places all of the time will make it so that you don’t have to keep re-organizing the fridge.
- You can get rid of that funky smell by keeping an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. It will soak up the smells that are there and won’t need to be replaced for quite some time.
- Developing a system with your family when it comes to leftovers is another good idea. Mark them with dry erase markers with the date that the food was made so that you’ll remember to eat it before it goes bad. And if you want to be a super overachiever, you can even plan specific days just for leftovers.
Done all that? Okay, I suppose I’m okay with coming over to your house now. Just remember to clean out your fridge every week or so to keep it from getting that bad again!