15 Clever Refrigerator Organizing Ideas- A Cultivated Nest5 min read
How to Organize Your Refrigerator.
Do you often wish you had a bigger fridge? Like one of those massive ones you see in magazines or on home tours with famous people? I used to wish my fridge was bigger too, but then I realized I don’t need a bigger fridge; I just need to use the space smarter! So I went looking for some ideas on how to organize my fridge and save space. I found some really great ideas, so I thought I’d share them with you! Here are 15 Clever Refrigerator Organizing Ideas!
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I’ve always said there’s nothing a bin or basket can’t organize! So I wasn’t surprised to come across a couple of good fridge organizing ideas that used bins during my search. But this list also includes some non-bin refrigerator organizers that I never would have thought of! If you need to re-organize your fridge, I’m sure at least one of these refrigerator organizing ideas will work for you!
15 Clever Refrigerator Organizing Ideas
- Throw out expired items. When you are cleaning out the fridge, throw things out that are out-of-date or you won’t use them before the date. They just clog the shelves and take up lots of space.
- Take out everything. Remove everything from your fridge to begin! This will allow you to take stock of what you have, what you need, and what you have a lot of or use frequently.
- Clean a mess as soon as it happens. To keep your fridge tidy long-term, clean messes as soon as they happen. In the moment, it is easier to leave it for later, but things come up, and it will get sticky and harder to clean. Just take the time and clean the mess now.
1. Pull-Out Bins
Make your fridge’s food organized and easily accessible with bins! Take a look at how nice and neat Four Generations One Roof’s fridge looks with her pull-out bins! You can find pull-out bins in various sizes on Amazon.
2. Organized Snack Bin
If you have kids, then you know how hard it is to keep a neat snack bin! Check out how Little Penelope Lane organized her fridge’s snack bin!
3. Labeled Fridge Bins
Bins are great, but labeling them makes them even better! Here’s how Organizing Home Life labeled her refrigerator bins.
4. Printable Fridge Labels
An alternate way to organize your fridge with labels is to use big clear labels! Take a look at Clean and Scentsible’s organized fridge with labels! If you’d like more free printable labels to choose from, check out all the great ones in my post on organizing with labels (which includes an ACN exclusive printable watercolor label sheet)!
5. DIY Magnetic Fridge Tins
Now this is some clever refrigerator organizing! Check out Tatertots and Jello’s tutorial on how to make DIY magnetic tins for your fridge (and other areas of your home)!
6. Lazy Susan
Tired of having to move a dozen things to get to food in the back of your fridge? Here’s how Evey’s Creations organized her fridge with a lazy Susan! You can find inexpensive small lazy Susans on Amazon.
7. Fridge Drink Dispenser
This is such a smart idea! Check out how Chez Larsson gained space in her fridge by swapping bulky bottles with a slim fridge drink dispenser! You can find a slim beverage dispenser on Amazon that’s less than 3 inches wide!
8. Fridge Snack Box
Here’s another way to organize your snacks that I think is really clever, yet surprisingly simple! Take a look at Pinning with Purpose’s fridge snack box! You can find a 2 pack of these organizers on Amazon.
9. Basket For Things You Use Every Day
Imperfect Homemaking has a basket of yogurts and sandwich fixings that she uses every day for lunches. This makes it easy to see how much you have, and you can grab the whole basket every morning when you pack lunches.
10. Dollar Store Fridge Makeover
Check out these tips from The Domestic Geek Blog for how to give your fridge a makeover with dollar store supplies.
11. Free Fridge Organization Labels
These labels are so cute and will make your life so much easier! Check out the post from The Crazy Craft Lady for fridge organization tips and labels.
12. Organization System
Read Jen’s Thousand Words post about her fridge organization system. I love how she describes it and explains everything and her process.
13. Use Fridge Liners
Keep your drawers cleaner with fridge liners. They look cute, add some fun color, and keep your fridge tidy with liners. I Heart Organizing has the post for you.
14. Remove products from their packages
I like the idea of removing items from their original packages to gain more space in your fridge. I Heart Organizing writes the date on her eggs, so she knows when she bought them once they are out of the package.
15. Simple and Sleek Fridge Organization
Julie Blanner has a post about how to have a simple and sleek organized fridge space. She puts everything in clear containers so she can see how much is left and exactly what you have.
Free Printable Refrigerator Inventory Sheet
Find in the Food Inventory Post
Another thing that I feel really helps with fridge organization is taking an inventory every few months! Without taking an inventory, you may actually be reorganizing things that are expired, or things that are long-lasting, but your family isn’t ever going to finish (maybe no one liked the flavor or you changed your diet and no longer eat that food). I wrote a whole post about how to take a food inventory of your home (fridge, freezer, and pantry) and made a free printable for each area! You can find the free fridge inventory printable in that post. If this printable isn’t really your style, I have a watercolor refrigerator inventory printable in my printable watercolor home management binder.
Do you have any clever ways that you organize your fridge?
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