Our fridge was in major need an organization update with the influx of produce we’ve been keeping on hand lately. The original organization of the fridge in terms of zoning was still working for us, we just needed more space, so I decided to try out vertical organization using jars. The result is a much cleaner, easier to navigate space with room for all of our produce and refrigerated goods.
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In addition to needing more space, the fridge needed a good old fashioned deep clean, so I took this opportunity to do so since I was pulling everything out anyway. I worked in sections so as not to keep the fridge doors open or perishable items out for too long. I also did some serious sorting and purging of the various condiments on the fridge doors that had long ago expired.
The result looks similar at first glance, especially since I chose to keep our fridge “zones” more or less the same, as they are tried and true for us and we’re all used to them:
❅ Large dairy and non-dairy milk cartons on the upper right self
❅ Spreadables and eggs on the shelf just below
❅ Leftovers on the upper two lefthand shelves
❅ Produce and stored grains and nuts on the bottom shelf
❅ Veggies and fruit in the three produce drawers
❅ Half veggies, half dairy and non-dairy cheeses and tortillas in the bottom drawer
❅ Condiments and grains/seeds I use daily on lefthand door
❅ Dairy and non-dairy butter, other beverages, and most used condiments on righthand door
Using jars helped open up space on the bottom shelf as well as on the door for grains, raw nuts, and seeds I want to store in the fridge. I really like the Ball Swirl Mason Jars in 16 oz and 28 oz for this. Any mason jar would do, but the swirl design in particular is easy to grab and hold.
If you’d like a closer look at my fridge organization, check out this video:
It’s been a week since I reorganized the fridge in this way and I am really enjoying it so far. I will likely make little tweaks here and there to accommodate our needs, but I think the jar storage system for vertical organization is here to stay. It really helps to optimize precious fridge real estate! I hope to work on our pull out drawer freezer organization next and our pantry needs an overhaul as well. I will certainly share more about those projects when I do!
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