For a long time I felt like my fridge just didn’t have enough space for everything I wanted to store in it. Putting groceries away felt like a game of Tetris or Jenga that was impossible to win! I dealt with my frustration by promising myself that I would get a new fridge one day. A new fridge HAD to be the solution to my problem! Except that it wasn’t.
When our old fridge finally kicked the bucket, I replaced it with a roomy new two-door model. And for a while, the increased roomier interior seemed to have solved my problem. But over time, it got as cluttered and disorganized as our old fridge had been. And if getting a bigger fridge didn’t solve the problem, what would? I thought about it for a long time before I discovered the root of the problem. It wasn’t the food that was taking up so much space, it was the packaging!
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How I Solved My Fridge Organization Problem
I realized that a lot of the foods in our fridge and freezer were packaged in bulky, space-hogging boxes and containers. These were a few of the worst offenders:
- Pudding and yogurt cups
- Pre-packaged snacks
- Frozen waffles
- Frozen taquitos
- Bulk items from Costco
So I pulled all of those items out and removed the outer packaging. Once I put them back in, I was shocked at how much more room I had to work with! It finally felt like I was making the most of the space in my fridge and freezer. I’ve made a point to remove unnecessary boxes and packaging ever since, and I really feel like it’s made a huge difference!
If you’re at your wits’ end with your fridge organization issues, I recommend giving this solution a try. And if you do, here are a couple of bonus tips you might find helpful!
Bonus Tip #1: Save The Directons
If you’re looking to eliminate packaging from your fridge, remember that the box usually contains the cooking directions for that food. In my experience, it isn’t an issue with foods I’ve made before because I can usually remember how to make them. But for unfamiliar foods, you may want to cut the directions out and store them with the food.
Bonus Tip #2: Use Fridge & Freezer Organizers
Eliminating packaging will help you fit more in your fridge, but you’ll still have to make an effort to keep things organized. I recommend using fridge and freezer organizers to help make it easier! There are a lot of different kinds, so take the time to explore your options. (And make sure to check that they will fit correctly in your fridge!) Here are a few options from Amazon that I can vouch for:
1. PROMART Pull Out Bin
Install this bin underneath one of your fridge shelves for extra storage. It has a basket-like design, so can you keep smaller foods organized while still allowing for airflow.
2. Zip n Store
This organizer also gets installed under a fridge shelf, but this one is specifically designed for bagged foods. Clip up bags of shredded cheese, deli meats, sliced veggies, and your leftovers! You can slide it out to see what’s there or to add another bag. This is sure to help maximize your storage space!
3. mDesign Divided Lazy Susan
Never underestimate the organizational power of a lazy Susan. Use a divided one like this to help corral smaller items together. You can even store it in the back of your fridge. The spinning action will make it easy to grab whatever you need!
4. Adorn Home Fridge/Freezer Bins, Set of 6
If you need a lot of organization help, a set of bins makes a great place to start! This set comes with six different bins. One is designed for eggs and one is designed for drink cans, but the others can be used for whatever you need!
How do you keep your fridge and freezer organized?