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If you’re anything like me, your fridge looks more like a catch-all than an actual working refrigerator. But rather than get rid of all those notes and art projects you’ve pinned to your fridge with sticky notes, consider getting organized instead.

Here are 8 simple tips for getting your fridge into tip-top shape. And yes, they really work!

Tip #1: Separate produce from non-produce.

You can’t very well store a head of lettuce with a box of popsicles, now can you? By separating your items into either produce or non-produce, you can keep things easier to find. Plus, it allows you to put items that need to be kept cold (like milk or cheese) in a different part of your fridge so they stay cool.

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Tip #2: Use glass containers to organize.

Not only do glass containers look great in any space, but they are also perfect for storing leftovers or food on their way out. Glass also keeps foods fresher because light doesn’t affect perishable goods as much as opaque plastic containers do.

Tip #3: Go through your refrigerator once a week.

Once a week, sit down and go through everything in your fridge—from condiments to bacon bits. It helps if you sit down with a big trash bag first; get rid of anything expired or questionable, then decide what else needs to be thrown away/replaced/moved around.

Tip #4: Color code.

If you have trouble keeping track of what’s in which container, give them all a specific color code. For example, place meat in red containers, veggies in green, sauces in blue. This system will help you know at a glance what kind of item is inside each container without having to open every one of them up!

Tip #5: Keep one shelf open for quick access.

It sounds like such an obvious tip, but it really does make life easier! Stocking your fridge with essentials like bread and butter allows you to quickly grab something whenever you need it. Try keeping one whole shelf dedicated to easy-access food so you don’t spend 10 minutes rooting around before realizing there aren’t any eggs left. 😉

Tip #6: Store fruits and vegetables properly.

As mentioned above, refrigeration can actually harm some fruits and vegetables by causing oxidation over time. To keep your produce lasting longer, let bananas ripen naturally before putting them in the fridge. The same goes for avocados—let ‘em ripen fully on your countertop before putting them away for storage. Other fruits and veggies should be stored lying flat to prevent bruising or damage.

Tip #7: Save room for ice cream!

Sure, we all like our ice cream once in a while. But did you know that leaving room in your freezer for ice cream means you’ll never have to wait more than a few seconds to dig right into it? Make sure to save about 5% of your freezer for ice cream (or another frozen treat), so when you feel like indulging, you won’t have any excuses.

Tip #8: Label everything.

Label your containers so you can always remember what’s in them. Without labeling, it’s incredibly easy to forget where a certain ingredient came from or how long it’s been sitting in your fridge. Plus, jars with fun labels make even boring snacks seem exciting!

Final Thoughts

There you have it! 8 simple tips for getting organized and decluttering your fridge. I hope these tricks will help you feel like your home runs more smoothly and saves you time and stress overall. Happy organizing! 🙂

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