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Episode 19: How to Organize your Refrigerator

I will talk about how to organize your refrigerator and what works for my husband and I. — Support this podcast:

Clean out and discard expiration items &group like items together.

Adjust Your Shelves Line & Your Drawers and Shelves

If you have a habit of squeezing your food in any available space in your fridge, now is the time to change. Organizing your shelves will help you reduce waste because you will know exactly where everything is. While you should find a system that works best for you (and one you’ll keep up with), here’s a good place to start:

The Top Shelf

The best things to store on the top shelves are things like leftovers, drinks and ready-to-eat foods like yogurt, cheese and deli meats. This is one of the warmer shelves in your fridge, so avoid keeping any fresh meat here. Instead, consider designating it for leftovers and takeout—stuff you need to eat soon. It is typically the first shelf you see when you open your door, so it’s good to keep the foods you reach for often here. I keep dinks on the top shelf like protein shakes and electrolyte drinks.

The Middle Shelf

I put in an extra shelf like the ones at walmart that give you extra shelves in your cabinets. I put eggs and leftovers or “Eat Me First” Box for About-to-Expire Foods. Here, consider storing dairy products or produce that can be left uncovered (such as berries). Under the shelf I have pickle jars, dips and jalapenos etc. Hang Baskets to Utilize Wall Space. Use File Organizers to Store Snacks.

The Bottom Shelf

I have soda can bins to hold sandwich condiments and shorter bottles of condiments but I may buy some condiment squeeze battles so that all are the same height and take up less space.

The Drawers

The smaller drawer I keep luncheon meats and cheese. I put produce in the crisper drawers for maximum freshness, but also some sugar free jello in a bin in that drawer so that the jello can stack up and take up the full drawer. I use the bottom drawer with and extra bin to defrost meat or fish because there is less risk of accidental leakage over the rest of the food.

The Door

Top of door is butter and cream cheee.

Next is low carb tortillas, bin of sliced cheese, bin of small sauce packets and cheese sticks. Your door is the warmest part of your fridge, so store more stable items, such as condiments and jams, here. I do keep my tea and heavy cream on the door in the middle with sour cream. Then the last 2 are more sauces, dressings and large condiment items.

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