10 Simple Refrigerator Organization Tips

Do you hate to open your refrigerator, afraid of what will fall/jump out at you?  Or have you lost the groceries you know were purchased a few days ago, because no one can seem to put anything back into the refrigerator so it can be located again?  Start to implement these 10 simple refrigerator organization ideas, and you won’t have to worry about food spoiling at the back of the fridge.

  • Add a carousel tray to one or more shelves in our refrigerator, making it easier to reach food in the back of the refrigerator


  • Put “like” items, like condiments, in a plastic basket or bin that you can pull forward (or take out altogether, if the need arises) and have them all stored in one place.  And line those baskets/bins with paper towels to catch drips.


  • Got leftovers?  Designate one shelf in the refrigerator for leftover – this increases the likelihood that they will get eaten.


  • Label and date all leftover containers. Keep labels (or a roll of masking tape) and markers handy in a small magnetic basket on the side of the refrigerator.


  • Condiments don’t generally need to be kept super cold, so they can be stored on a higher shelf in the refrigerator.



  • Milk needs to be kept cold, so it should be stored toward the bottom of the refrigerator in the back.  Same goes for yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese.  Butter and soft cheeses don’t need to be kept quite as cold, so they will be fine in the dairy compartment on the door.


  • Store eggs in their original carton (not in the egg storage on the door) and on the middle shelf – where the temperature is the most consistent.


  • Don’t worry about chilling these items: potatoes, tomatoes, and (whole) onions.  So keep these out of the refrigerator to free up room for other items.


  • Use a color-coded basket in the refrigerator to hold items that will be expiring in the next week and need to be eaten ASAP.  That way you will be reminded to use them up soon, and they won’t get shoved to the back and spoil.


  • Use square, stackable containers in the refrigerator; there is less wasted space than with round containers, and you can generally fit more food into each container.


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2 thoughts on “10 Simple Refrigerator Organization Tips

  1. Good tips! That refrigerator pic is amazing. Now I think I need some containers like those. Ha!

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