How to Organize Your Fridge: 3 Brilliant Hacks

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From labels to actually using the slide-out baskets, you should know how to organize your fridge. Here are 3 brilliant hacks to keep your fridge clean. Enter your text here...

Most of us clean our homes on a semi-regular basis, especially if we entertain a lot. Being clean and organized is a source of pride for many of us, and we like to show that off to family and friends.

However, there is one place in our homes that it almost never occurs to us to tidy up. That is the refrigerator. 

Despite what the commercials tell us, most people do not organize their refrigerator. We put frozen things in the freezer and unfrozen things in the fridge. We may have a place for things we use every day, like drinks, but it usually doesn't get much more coordinated than that.

You may not know how to organize your fridge. Most of us don't, but we'll give you some ideas in the paragraphs below.

Baskets and Labels

One useful method is to sort various types of foods into labeled baskets. This will help to reduce clutter and make finding things easier. Putting groceries away may take a little more time, but that's a small price to pay for keeping the fridge clean.

If you want to get creative with your labels, we can tell you about some great gel pens.

This system also eliminates the problem that most household systems suffer from--lack of clarity. We've all had this problem, where somebody comes into our room and either 'cleans' it or picks up something and puts it back in the wrong place. 

We know the logic behind our own spaces, but nobody else does. A system of labeled baskets ensures that almost anybody can open the fridge and instantly know how it works. That's not the only tip we have on how to organize your fridge, though.

Label Things with Dates

Most of us struggle with expiration dates and it doesn't help that the labels themselves are often misleading. Much of the food we eat is still safe well beyond the "use by" or "best by" labels.

We're not saying you should ignore these dates, because it's all we have right now, but know that the system isn't perfect and a lot of it is geared towards consumer satisfaction rather than safety.

You can look up expiration dates if you want, but nothing is exact, and estimating could be dangerous, so it's best to be conservative with this. Then, label your foods with a date you're comfortable with using it to before throwing it out.

Cover Your Shelves with Mats

Things tend to spill in the fridge and more often than not those things are sticky. You could try to scrub the spot with water to get the sticky stuff out, but that doesn't always work.

The good news is that there are ways to avoid the hassle. Many people placemats or plastic wrap on the surfaces of the fridge. That way, if a spill occurs, you could either wash the mat or, with plastic wrap, throw it away and replace it.

In fact, some companies make mats specifically for the fridge. You could also make them yourself.

If you have any problems with your fridge other than spills, it's best to call a fridge technician.

How to Organize Your Fridge

Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas about how to organize your fridge. However, we've only mentioned a few common methods.
There are plenty of others out there and if you're interested, we encourage you to keep researching.
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