Ways To Keep Everything In Your Refrigerator Organized

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R.I.P. to all the forgotten leftovers that went uneaten.

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Buy a set of clear storage containers so no one has the excuse of the yogurt you’re supposed to use up first being hidden behind tons of other stuff. Are we clear? *Crystal*


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You shouldn’t throw everything in your fridge in bins, but this starter set will give you a leg up in the orderly direction. With these bins, you can pair like with like and prevent spills from rifling through your fridge shelves. (Definitely not talking from messy experience or anything.) Includes two bins, a condiment caddy, and an egg holder.

Promising review: “I have a double-door fridge and in order to fit larger bottles for juice and milk on a shelf, I have to move a shelf up, which creates a very narrow shelf. It was very hard to find things to go on this shelf. With the egg crate and low-profile bin, I was able to create almost a drawer-like setup where I could put yogurt and eggs and just slide out the tray without having to dig to the back.” —Katie L.

Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

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Consider buying another sturdy egg holder so you can easily stack the container without crushing your eggs and quiche dreams. I heard a rumor you’re making Quiche Lorraine and, just so you know, it’s my fave.


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Promising review: “This is a perfect space saver, and so much better than reusing the disposable cartons! I love that it is longer than a standard carton, utilizing more depth of the fridge shelf. I stack two on a low-clearance shelf and can put 42 eggs in just a little more width than 24 eggs in regular cartons.” —Kristen J

Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (21 eggs).

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Prevent your LaCroix habit from disrupting your appliance’s newfound order with a can dispenser that’ll be sturdier than just putting the cardboard carton in the fridge.


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Promising review: “One of my best investments… love the organization… and it’s a great quality! bought one for each soda (ginger ale and Pepsi) and then one for Perrier and another for V-8/pineapple small cans. What a great way to organize the pantry.” —JOPDR

Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

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Or if you’ve had it with cans of seltzer, invest in a SodaStream that comes with a carafe for your seltzer you can store in the fridge in a much smaller footprint. No more trips to the store to lug home heavy cans!


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Promising review: “Very happy I bought this. I should have brought this years ago. It has saved me money and space. I don’t have to keep buying sparkling water at the store and taking up space in the fridge. And I can carbonate it as much as you want.” —Aricka

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (also available in white or a larger bundle).

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Easily wipe up spills without disrupting everything in your fridge by putting in some cheap shelf liners you can pull out and rinse.


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No more “ignoring” those spill drips because you don’t want to be the one to clean them up. We’re ALL done it. (I think. Plz don’t let me be the only one.)

Promising review: “Works very well at keeping your glass shelves and drawers protected and clean. Easily wipes clean. Looks good too! These mats can also be used as a prepping area on your countertops too.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in several sizes).

If you prefer to DIY, check out a tutorial with dollar store placemats on One Thing By Jillee. Or, use press-and-seal plastic wrap to create a temporary barrier on fridge surfaces. Learn more about that on The Virtuous Wife.

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Prevent your crisper drawers from looking like a farmers market graveyard by lining them in produce life extenders that’ll help keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer.


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The longer those fruits and veggies stay alive, the less likely you’ll have to clean up rotting produce! These liners are made of anti-mold, moisture-absorbing material and can be trimmed to size.

Promising review: “I have had them in my vegetable drawer for just about 10 days. The most notable result was that strawberries that I purchased were still fresh after more than a week. Excellent product.” —Katrina

Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.95.

Find even more help with our tricks to make your groceries last longer.

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And keep fresh herbs in tip-top shape with an herb-saving container instead of finding them wilted in a produce bag a month later.


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Promising review: “You need to make sure that your fridge has a space tall enough for this item, but I honestly love it! It really does help keep cilantro fresh for an extended period of time. I would recommend this for a single- or two-person household, as it really is designed to hold a small bundle of cilantro. Very easy to clean and definitely as advertised!” —Mariel

Get it from Amazon for $22.

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Keep your condiments ready for squirting (seriously, stop pulling a muscle shaking the bottle of mustard to put on your turkey sandwich) with a DIY holder made from a recycled egg carton. Those lil’ sections that once nestled eggs can hold on tight to those lids.

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Or opt for a bottle emptying kit if you find all the stuff you’re trying to squeeze every last drop out of is in varying sizes. These handy tops will get tons of use outside the fridge too!


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Promising review: “This product is SO easy to use and seriously helps us squeeze out every last drop of product. There were several bottles in our fridge I had declared ‘dead’ and I was shocked at how much was actually left once I used on of the caps. My only complaint is that there isn’t a cap for the tip as some of the product can leak out of it when you close it.” —Kim

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

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Swap the baking soda and used coffee grounds for an air-purifying bag to make your fridge smell like less of a landfill every time you open it. AND it’ll take up zero shelf space.


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Promising review: “I love how long this works. I was forever trying to replace or remember to replace the baking soda in my fridge. Since I have hung this in my fridge it has reduced the smell of the onions that my husband is endlessly refrigerating. I hung it in the back of the fridge and just wrote in sharpie marker two years from the date I opened it. I’m thinking of getting more of the ones that are for clothes.” —rlp219

Get it from Amazon for $7.83.

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If drink pitchers are adding to your storage woes, swap ’em for some squared-off carafes that’ll fit in your fridge door.


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Promising review: “Love these carafes. They are tall but fit perfect on the side of frig door. Easy to handle, easy to wash, and pours easily as well. Super happy with this purchase!!” —TXGAL

Get two from Amazon for $19.99. Also check out a 3-quart pitcher that’ll fit in your fridge door for $15.25.

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Keep bacon strips (and other cold meats) safer for longer with this handy bacon keeper.


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It’s also BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I bought this just for bacon and it’s awesome. Don’t have to open the greasy package all the time. Just open and peal off what I want. Holds at least 3 lbs. Sturdy too.” —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

While you’re here, read up on how to store all your groceries.

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Divvy up your bulk buys into normal-size portions — both for storage and meal prep — with a vacuum sealing system to make sure you finally eat all that food from your ambitious Costco haul.


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Promising review: “Can’t say enough about this unit. I had a very old Seal-a-Meal that died after about 20 years or more. Some of the nice features: You can stop the vacuum to avoid squishing the food but still seal the bag. It will vacuum seal completely, just a little, or not at all — just seal. You can re-seal a potato chip or pretzel bag (and less snacking that way :-). I use it to seal the bag of brown sugar so it doesn’t dry out. I buy frozen fruit for smoothies and the bags can be resealed. I buy the pint-sized FoodVac bags which are very cost-effective and seal single serving leftovers. It’s so useful I leave it out on my counter all the time. I measure dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies and seal them for future, quicker baking.” —lwf928

Get it from Amazon for $89.

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Bring stuff you’d normally shove to the back of the fridge within easy reach by placing bottles of condiments and more on lazy Susans.


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Reaching for a bottle of ketchup to only topple over your hot sauce collection is never not devastating.

Promising review: “Bought this to organize and easily access condiments in my fridge. It’s a good size, non-slip, and really affordable. It’s not the prettiest but it’s in my fridge and matches the white. Meets my needs, so I am happy.” —msu4neeti

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven colors).

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Make better use of a tall shelf with this drawer add-on to hold items that make for an awkward fit elsewhere.


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Promising review: “This is actually really helpful and looks like it came with my frig. Like other reviewers, I wish this was a little bigger (maybe just more wider), but honestly it’s still a good value as I need more storage space for little things that would normally get lost in my fridge.” —BK from BK

Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

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And use a wire shelf as a more temporary fix while you’re prepping for a lot of cooking or bought an 18-pack of yogurt at the big-box store but have nowhere to put it. (That’s happened to me several times.)


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This basket will, as you can see, slip onto other shelves like in your pantry or laundry room to help satisfy your growing storage needs.

Promising review: “Very versatile. A few shelves in my fridge broke and needed a quick fix for a large weekend and a packed fridge. The shelf was a great size and great price.” —M.R.

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

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Also consider a ziplock bag organizer if you tend to store stuff in the handy bags because Tupperware takes up too much space. (It’ll also work in the freezer for all your slow cooker dump dinners!)


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FYI, this bb holds up to 20 lbs.

Promising review: “This is exactly as described. I bought the door unit and couldn’t be happier. The shredded cheese bags fit perfectly and free up room in the deli tray. So glad I found this.” —Dyan Boucher

Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in three sizes, including one that’s made for a fridge door!).

18.

Learn what shouldn’t be chilled so you won’t have to sacrifice precious space to the not-so-cool items.


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Place onions, garlic, and shallots and hole-y paper bag instead. Get the deets on The Yummy Life.

P.S. You can also store (whole, unwashed) mushrooms in a paper bag, stick the bag in the fridge, and they’ll last for a week.

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And stash the stuff that shouldn’t be in the fridge nearby with this slim, slide-out caddy that’s skinny but tall enough to place in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets. We all have at least one thing in the fridge that, tbh, doesn’t belong there.


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Promising review: “Great addition to my galley kitchen! I placed by my fridge for easy access while cooking and it has worked seamlessly for my needs! Easily stores spices, plastic bags, and aluminum foil.” —Elizabeth B.

Get it from Amazon for $33.47.

20.

Spare some shelf space by lofting beer or soda bottles with these magnetic strips.


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Promising review: “This gizmo is truly a favorite of mine. BottleLoft’s strong magnets hold soda or beer (by the caps) from the ‘ceiling’ of the fridge, making more room on the shelf, and it looks modern, organized, and great! I had to buy a new fridge and couldn’t pry the strips off the old one. That’s how strong they are. So I just bought more new ones!” —Bev

Get two strips (enough to hold six bottles) from Uncommon Goods for $38.

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Or stack bev bottles (beer, soda, champagne, etc.,) easily on a simple rubber mat to prevent a wet disaster.


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Promising review: “Each one holds 10 beers/Cokes/whatever in a pyramid which is not only cool looking, but a very efficient use of space. It’s a pretty small fridge but I can still easily get 80 beers in there, which lasts a long, long time. We also have one in our main fridge for bottles of wine/champagne/such.” —Alan Montgomery

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in black or white and as a two-pack).

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And keep opened bottles from making a boozy mess with this leak-proof wine-saver that’ll set firmly on a shelf.


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Note that this fits *most* wine bottles, but won’t fit champagne bottles!

Promising review: “Expensive but worth it! We moved and bought a counter-depth fridge, so it has a smaller interior. There is limited ‘standing space’ so I have to ‘trust’ other wine stoppers, which make me nervous. I took a gamble on this one, A TRUE WINNER! I pay $$ for my wine. A little more for a dependable stopper is well worth it!” —Bright spot

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

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Give everything a name (and the date that it goes bad) with a label maker that feels very ~official~. Um, this is also good for roommates or family members who buy their own groceries. Paws off my hummus!


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Get it from Amazon for $17.89.

Or, opt for a roll of 500 of these pre-typed labels that just need filling out under “Date” and Contents” from Amazon for $9.99.

25.

Store salads for a few days in a tiny fridge footprint by packing them in mason jars. (Just be sure to store them upright!)


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This one comes with a lid to hold your dressing. But, you can put a mason jar you already have to good use with our guide to packing a mason-jar salad. Oh, and when it’s time to eat them, dump them in a bowl! I found that out the hard way when I packed a work lunch mason jar.

Promising review: “This is the perfect container to put my salad in for the office. No more worries about if my lunch container will fit in the community fridge or if my lunch bag is staying cold enough until lunch time. Super portable and convenient, and the dressing cup holds the perfect amount for your salad.” —Jennylynn Morton

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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Preserve cut produce with a silicone food hugger to take up far less room (and create less waste) to store those goodies in the fridge. Avocados are expensive! This’ll help your tasty investment reach its full potential.


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Promising review: “I’ve used them for red onions, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes large and small, and the occasional banana. I LOVE them. I feel like the produce lasts longer than if stored in a plastic bag. I do occasionally have to trim a small slice off of the veggie before using the remaining portion. I have not had any issue with them retaining onion smell. I wash on the top rack in the dishwasher and when its finished just rinse the remaining dishwasher water out and dry with a towel before storing. I would definitely recommend buying these!” —A&D W

Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.95 (available in five colors).

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Encourage using up all the food you already have in your fridge with this magnetic dry-erase menu planner that’ll stick to the front of a fridge door.


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Promising review: “It fits easily and neatly on the refrigerator so the family can see dinner plans for the week. Plus, it has an extra section where you can start writing down the next week’s menu ideas! As a busy mom, wife, and teacher I find this comes in handy for meal prepping.” —Jennifer Kaczor

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

So now maybe you won’t have to watch the John Oliver segment on food waste on the reg since you’ll actually eat stuff in your fridge before it expires!!! (But you should still watch it.)


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I’ve made myself watch it several times because 1) I love him and 2) I’ve totally had to clear out old food out of my fridge several times because I didn’t store it properly or did some horrible planning. Prepared to be horrified about America’s food-waste problem. Even if you don’t care about its environmental effects, it is costly.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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