With all this extra time at home lately, I’ve been spending more time staring inside my fridge wondering what my next snack is going to be. Surely, I am not alone in this. And with that, it also reminded me that my fridge was actually a mess. Austin and I decided now was a perfect time to finally give it a good clean and organizational system. I can’t say this was a task I looked forward to, but we are so happy now that it’s done.
After much frustration over wasting food and sorting through messy drawers and shelves, we decided to completely clean out the fridge and start from scratch.
We bought all of our kitchen and fridge organizers off of eBay — they had everything we needed and a lot of vendors even shipped for free. Side note: have you guys ever sold anything on eBay? I’ve been toying with selling a couple bags on there. LMK your thoughts.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to organize your fridge:
STEP ONE: TAKE EVERYTHING OUT
Take out everything and review your items. This is a great opportunity to give your fridge a deep clean and prep for a new organized look. I wiped down each shelf, drawer and even the sides. After all, if you’re taking the time to organize it, might as well make sure it’s clean.
After you take out everything, review what’s old and what you’re almost out of. This is a good time to make a list of what you might need next time you’re out at the grocery store.
STEP TWO: ADJUST SHELVES
We adjusted our shelves to what made the most sense for the things we like to buy. We have a lot of taller bottles, so we wanted to make sure we could accommodate them.
STEP THREE: ORGANIZE + GROUP LIKE ITEMS
We get a lot of fresh produce at the grocery store and I recently read about different ways to store them to keep them fresh longer. One of which was trimming your asparagus immediately and putting the ends in water. This keeps them fresh much longer!
I wanted to use glass containers so we could see what we have and keep everything organized. If you see it, chances are you’ll eat it. And honestly, we were wasting so much so this has definitely helped us eat what we buy. I love this set from eBay. The Prep Naturals brand is really easy to clean and I like that they stack easily.
I also got a lazy susan with dividers for snacks (might be my favorite storage container in our fridge). We put George’s fruit pouches, string cheese and yogurt in it. It’s been really nice and convenient! I also love this one with the handle or this version in white.
We use this acrylic carton to store our eggs.
STEP FOUR: STACK TO SAVE SPACE
These glass storage containers are a great space saver. You can choose to stack them, which frees up space for bigger items.
STEP FIVE: WEEKLY INVENTORY
This may sound obvious, but I found myself getting lazy when it came to this chore. Each week, before I make my grocery list, I go through the fridge and toss anything old and take note of what’s on the verge of expiring. This reminds us what we need to eat or what we don’t need to buy for the following week. It also keeps the fridge from becoming cluttered and smelly.
This post is created in partnership with eBay. All selections and opinions are my own!