Between storing all of the leftovers from Thanksgiving & working on recipes for Christmas, our little fridge always looks like a scene from Hoarders around this time of year! I’ve been playing around with different storage solutions to try to find easy, affordable ways to maximize our fridge space, and I finally have a few tried-and-true tricks to share. Oh, and no worries, I don’t have any fancy labels or super-structured refrigerator organizing “zones” — these tips are all low-maintenance & slacker-friendly!
Tip #1: Maximize Space & Accessibility
I bought these wire pantry drawers for our fridge because I love baskets & pull-out drawers, but wanted to make sure they were deep enough to reach all the way to the back of my fridge. I didn’t want to give up storage space for the sake of organizing, and these fit my refrigerator’s measurements perfectly! (I didn’t use the drawer slides because they took up too much vertical space, and am happy to report that the wire baskets slide beautifully on my wire shelves.) I can pull the drawers all the way out, so I never have to do any awkward reach-that-thing-in-the-back-and-try-not-to-knock-everything-over maneuvers. WIN.
Extra Tip: I recently started storing my salads & leftovers in mason jars, and I really love them. They take advantage of vertical vs. horizontal space and they make food a lot more visible than traditional tupperware-type containers. We are doing a much better job of eating our salads & leftovers now that they look so appetizing and pretty. (I also placed them front & center in the fridge so they were harder to ignore!)
On the bottom shelf, I used a cheap little cabinet shelf under our deli drawer to stack bread & english muffins. On the right side, I repurposed a plastic storage drawer (it’s one of those Sterilite drawers you can find in dollar stores) to hold all of our loose food containers (extra condiments, yogurt containers, etc).
I also use these little nanosuction clips on the interior walls of my fridge to keep small items (bacon bits, fresh herb clippings, etc.) from getting lost or crushed. I love that I can take advantage of previously untapped storage space in my fridge this way!
Tip #2: Keep It Contained
Storing loose fruit in a bowl or container can help keep it from rolling all over the place & getting bruised or cut.
Containers are also helpful if you store a lot of snack bags or items that don’t stack easily — it keeps them neat & easy to grab!
Aaand that’s it! Nothing gets lost in the shuffle, no mysterious science projects are growing in tupperware hidden on the back of my shelves, and fruits and veggies actually get consumed before turning into puddles at the bottom of our produce drawer! Hooray!!
What are some of your favorite food storage tips? Share ’em in the comments below!
To read more from Casey, visit her at her blog, Pretty Organized.