Fridge Organization | Summer 2018

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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Before

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.

After

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!

Happy organizing!

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4 comments

4 thoughts on “Fridge Organization | Summer 2018”

  1. Looks great! I read somewhere once that the coolest spot in the frig is down below and that we should all be keeping our dairy and beverages there. Spreads like butter, etc., would be higher or in the door. Don’t know if it’s true or not but that is what I try to do. Regardless, keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

  2. I got some clear bins from the container store and it worked wonders on being able to corral and easily get to items. Just pull in and out and the things in the back of the fridge comes to you! (And it looks so much nicer.)

  3. I’ve never thought of keeping nuts in the fridge before – I’ll have to look more into this! Those upright standing jars are brilliant, I use so much glassware in my fridge to keep things separate and fresh, plus we all want our fridge to look a little more Pinterest worthy don’t we? Hehe!

    We recently put together a back of the door pantry (we live in a small apartment) and it has been a game changer! Cooking is so much easier as it takes seconds to pull out spices and dried goods – and shopping has become cheaper as we can see at a glance what we have on hand already!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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