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10 easy hacks to organise your fridge


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Chelsea Smith believes a well-organised fridge will save you money and inspire more delicious and healthy meal ideas. Picture: Ross Campbell

A neat and tidy fridge will ultimately save you money as there will be a significant drop in food wastage, less double-ups and it can lead to other time-efficient habits such as better meal planning, quick trips to the supermarket and easier meal prep. Here are 10 top hacks to ensure your fridge is organised and clean every time you open the fridge door.

1. Keep like with like

Group similar items inside clear containers. Picture: Ross Campbell

Containerise like items and food inside baskets or use clear containers so you can quickly see what’s inside.

2. Label all compartments

Label compartments so everyone in the household knows what they contain. Picture: Ross Campbell

You want each member of your household to know where to find things, and where to return them once finished with. This will help ensure healthier eating habits.

Read more: 8 ways to organise your fridge for healthier eating

3. Keep raw meats on the bottom shelf

Keep raw meats on the bottom shelf, ideally inside a plastic container. Picture: Ross Campbell

Meat should be kept inside a plastic container to prevent unwanted drips inside the fridge, and as a result unwanted smells. Store these containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge. If your fridge is super smelly, read our article on how to get rid of stale fridge smells with one ingredient.

Read more: 10 hacks to keep plastic tupperware clean

4. Use the door of the fridge smartly

Store items that you use most frequently in the door of the fridge. Picture: Ross Campbell

Store frequently used items that you use most frequently, such as milk, cheese, butter and so on, in the door of the fridge so these items are easily accessible.

5. Use fridge crisper drawers

Fridge crisper drawers are often found at the bottom of your fridge and are best used to store fresh fruit and veggies in. Picture: Ross Campbell

Consider investing in fridge crisper drawers to keep fresh produce fresher for longer.

6. Line fridge crispers

Use non-slip matting to line fridge crispers and avoid bruising of produce.

7. Store leftovers inside glass containers

You don’t need fancy labels, just some masking tape and a marker will do. Picture: Ross Campbell

Use lids and label with masking tape – and be sure to include the date that you stored the produce on the outside of the glass container.

8. Store condiments in the door of the fridge

Store condiments and small items in the door of the fridge. Picture: Ross Campbell

If your fridge door does not have enough space, consider using a lazy Susan – these tools are a great way to store condiments and allow you to see everything at a glance.

9. Rotate food regularly

Regularly move older food at the back towards the front so you can use it sooner. Picture: Ross Campbell

Before any shopping trip to the grocery shops, be sure to move older food that is at the back of the fridge towards the front to ensure you use it sooner and to avoid food wastage.

Read more: 8 cleaning mistakes that ruin the taste of food

10. Regularly clean the fridge

Once a month, take everything out of the fridge and give it a deep clean. Picture: Ross Campbell

Always wipe out your fridge before your weekly food shop to keep it clean. Once a month at least, take everything out and do a deep clean of the fridge.

This article was originally published as 10 easy hacks to organise your fridge by written by Chelsea Smith

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