If you’re afraid of cooking dinner at night for fear of what lurks in your fridge, it’s time to clean and organize your fridge. By establishing order and organization in your fridge and freezer, you can prepare your meals in a stress-free environment. Additionally, you can save money by using food before it expires or spoils and by knowing what’s in your fridge.
Follow these tips from professional organizer Andi Willis and you’ll be well on your way to having a clean and organized fridge.
- Clean everything out.
- Group like items with other like items.
- Use bins and baskets.
- Match storage containers.
- Declutter the outside.
The first step of fridge and freezer organization is to perform a basic inventory. Remove everything from the fridge and throw out anything expired. Before placing usable items back in the fridge, clean the fridge shelves and walls with warm, soapy water or food-safe cleaning solution. Avoid bathroom cleaning products, laundry deodorizers, and other products not designed for contact with food.
To prevent food from spoiling in the future, store items that spoil easily toward the front, where they can be seen. Fruits and veggies should be stored in the crisper drawer—which is clear for a reason—and dairy products can be stored in the deli drawer. By putting dates on leftovers, there will be no excuse for keeping food past its expiration date.
Though cleaning and organizing a fridge may seem like a Herculean task, it doesn’t have to be if it’s performed often. Some experts recommend cleaning out the fridge once a month; others suggest the time frame depends on how often the fridge is used and by how many people. With adequate planning and organization, cleaning your refrigerator doesn’t have to be a daunting task.