I recently received this email from Kathie:
My biggest problem (although not the only big problem) in organizing the kitchen is the refrigerator. How do you keep that organized? Its ALWAYS a problem. Ideas / suggestions would be appreciated.
Well, Kathie you are not the only one that struggles in this area. I even shared once what I found hiding in the back of the fridge. So, I know I struggle with keeping my fridge organized and I am sure others do as well.
There are a few things that I have found though that do help my fridge stay at least semi organized.
I try to do at least a quick clean out of my fridge once a week. Now, this is not a deep clean, it is just a quick going through to make sure that all leftovers are used up. And also to make note of what produce I have that needs used. I usually do this the day of or day before I go grocery shopping because it clears some space for anything new I will be bringing home.
I also try to mark the date things were opened on the packages. This works really well for things like lunch meat, chicken broth, or anything else that you only use a partial package of. Since I have some in my house that eat gluten free, I also label things like butter and mayonnaise gluten free and not gluten free. This helps keep these items organized.
I also try to have sections of the fridge where I always keep the same items. We always keep the milk, eggs, and butter in the same spot. Condiments and salad dressing always go on the door. Produce in the bins, etc. Now, my kids don’t always put things back in the right spot, but they are learning. And when I do my weekly clean out of the fridge I try to put anything that is out of place back in the right spot.
Now, what tips do you have for Kathie? I would love to hear what ideas you have for keeping your refrigerator organized?
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