When you’re hungry, the last thing you will want to do is rummage through a messy fridge trying to find something to eat. These simple yet effective hacks will help you to keep your refrigerator neat and tidy at all times with very little effort.
Easy to Clean Mats
No one likes having to scrub clean a messy fridge. You can make life a little easier for yourself by inserting some easy to clean mats onto each shelf of your refrigerator. You can purchase a roll of PVC or similar easy to clean material, and then cut it to fit the size of your fridge shelves.
Avoid Dairy in the Door
Avoiding placing any dairy products, such as milk, cream, cheese or yoghurt into the fridge door. This area is prone to temperature fluctuations which can be harmful to dairy products. Instead, keep them on a dedicated shelf inside of the fridge.
Mason jars are a great inexpensive way to organize your fridge and also the items within your pantry. They are great for storing different flours, beans and pasta. Label the jars to make it easier to find what you are looking for quickly. You can also cut fresh salad and place it into a mason jar and seal it to keep it fresh in the fridge for longer.
Baskets also provide a convenient way to store items. They can be used to hold condiments such as salad dressings and sauces. You can group them into categories to make them easier to locate in your fridge.
Bottom Shelf Meat
Keep all raw meat and shellfish at the bottom of your fridge. This will prevent them from dripping and contaminating other foodstuffs in your fridge. You should also make sure that raw meats are kept within a container, and that the area is cleaned regularly.
Dry Erase Marker
Do you like to always know exactly what you have in your fridge? A simple way to do this is to use a dry erase marker to write a list of all the items in your fridge. You can then adjust the items as they go down. If this seems like too much hard work then you can always use the dry eraser to create a list of all the items that you need to purchase when you go for your next shop. The dry marker can be used directly onto the surface of the refrigerator or on a white board.
Eat Me First Box
The idea is simple – have a box which has a label on it that states ‘eat me first’. Place all vegetables and sauces that are about to go off in the box so that they don’t go to waste.
Finally, a simple tip is to take a photograph of the contents of your fridge and pantry before you go shopping. This way you will be able to easily see what you have and what you don’t have when you go to the grocery store.
Follow the above tips and you will be sure to have a neat and organized fridge in no time.