all week, we’ve been continuing on with our series a day in the life. on Monday, i gave you a glimpse of my porch refresh; and yesterday, i showed you my living room. we’re sticking with that theme today, but deviating slightly. earlier this year, we launched the series how to stay organized, where i gave you a few tips on how to keep your kitchen tame and under control. today, i’m going to offer a few words of advice on how i keep my fridge clean. i know. no one likes to clean their fridge. but when it’s done, it’s done. and boy does it feel good. i always look to The Container Store to keep my organization up to date. and they offer some amazing refrigerator bins that keep the clutter tamed even inside my fridge.
super duper comfy
this week, it’s all about staying super duper comfy. i don’t have to tell you that we’re all spending a lot more time at home these days. and while i’m an advocate for still getting dressed up, some days, we’ve just gotta dress down. and if you’re committed to seasonal decorating and getting your house organized, yoga pants and a hoodie will do just fine. thank. you. very. much. but don’t forget your sneakers.
take everything out of the fridge to clean the shelves. for condiments, toss anything that is old or empty. wipe condiment bottles clean.
designate areas in your fridge for specific types of items; such as condiments in one area, pickles in another area. you can take this one step further by keeping types of similar items together, such as all the hot sauces go in one area, mustards in another, etc.
when designating areas, consider the height of the types of things you’re grouping together. if most of your condiment bottles are tall, it won’t necessarily work to try and group them all on a shelf, so maybe they could be grouped differently on a door shelf.
keep those areas clutter-free by using clear bins to store items like condiment bottles. this makes it easy to keep clean and you can pull out the entire bin to easily see what’s in the back of the bin.
keep the front area of an eye-level shelf free for leftovers.
irregular shapes of meat and cheese packaging can easily create an overwhelming sense of disorganization and clutter, so designate a drawer for cheeses and lunch meats. or use clear bins: one for cheeses and one for meats.
original product packaging isn’t always the best way to store things like veggies. you can get a longer shelf life for things like carrots and celery by storing them in a stackable, lidded container full of water. or take that bag of greens, spread the greens out on a few sheets of paper towels, and lightly roll the paper towels with the greens inside. slip the whole roll into a ziplock, seal, and store in your crisper drawer.
make a date with yourself every month to clean out your fridge.
Do you have a link to the open containers/trays you have used for the condiments on the shelves? We have too many condiments for just on the door haha! Thanks. Arna
You can usually find these open plastic containers in TJMaxx in many different sizes.
I use those same bins in my refrigerator.
I ordered mine online from The Container Store. They have really helped me stay organized.
Thanks for sharing. Always looking for ways to stay organized as it is a time saver.
I’m a big one for refrigerator organization. One other tip: using painter’s tape (which removes easily with no residue) write the date on the tape and put it on the leftover container. That way the question of “how long has this been in here?” is answered. At my house, we don’t let leftovers stay in the frig past one week. I also write the date opened on all my condiments.
First, your fridge looks great and well stocked. Secondly, I like the re-arrangement of your kitchen table and chairs. Lastly, do you ever just take your Redi-Whip and take a few hits from the can? Absolutely, no judgment👍!
Your fridge looks great. It is better not to keep milk in the door shelves as that is not as cool as the main part of the fridge. Ps I enjoy your blog every day !
I love being organized but because of the virus I tend to have a lot more to store in my fridge and pantry. I buy Sheetrock pans from homedepot, the long rectangular ones, for storage in my fridge. Perfect for those bottles of lemon juice and small jars.
You look ready for a closeup even around the house. 🙂
Great advice! Thank you and the blog sister for The Container Store tip. We sized down on a new fridge just as the lockdown came…boy, that was not smart. Today’s tips will help tremendously. As ever, you look marvelous! Now I need to get cute ankle jogging pants too~
You must be southern, you have the large sized Dukes Mayonnaise jar! 🙂 PS absolutely adore your dining room!
It’s just the two of us now, but our large French style frig was absolutely stuffed with food. Staying home more, and doing less frequent but larger shopping hauls was just too much. I recently purchased the same containers, and I love them. One is for Asian flavorings, another for ice cream toppings, etc. I also have frig mats that I line my produce drawers with. They are available at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon. They are washable. I wash all the produce and wrap lettuces, etc. in paper towels and put them in zip-loc storage bags. The liners help keep the drawers fresh and odor free. Beth, I love your outfit – awesome. I plan on wearing more of this type of outfits this winter.
Would love to order the jacket but very few sizes left in navy. I love Talbots straight leg yoga pants. Prefer old style with back pockets. Love the can and egg holder. Did these come with your fridge? Did not see online at Container store.
Perfect timing, Beth. Awaiting arrival of new French door fridge and your organization ideas are spot on. Secondly, you look fantastic in that navy outfit and the lip is perfect.
Word to the wise, as a farm girl, brown eggs are usually more expensive but they aren’t more nutritious. They just come from a different hen. Also Omega eggs aren’t either. Very little actually ends up in the egg, but If you want to be responsible, please purchase free range eggs – cruelty free. 💝
thanks for the tips about eggs.
The Woodford reserve cherries are a must in my fridge, too!
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