ORGANIZATION WEEK, DAY TWO - THE FRIDGE
Happy Monday guys and welcome to day TWO of organization week! I have been LOVING your pictures and posts so far of how you’re getting organized (especially since the Marie Kondo Netflix special came out- organization has been a hot topic!). I’ve always loved to be organized but let’s face it - it feels really good, however it’s a lot of work, and sometimes life just gets in the way. It gets busy, and things get shoved into drawers and to the back of the fridge. It happens to even the most organized of people. Don’t sweat it. It just makes it feel that much better when you get it all sorted again!
One area that was desperately needing a little TLC was our fridge. Through the holidays it was pure fricken chaos between all the food that needed to be made (and all the delicious food that needed to also be consumed LOL!) and I just never really got it cleaned out again. So I thought long and hard about how I wanted to sort it out so that it wasn’t so rammed full (I really actually want to use the word “clusterf*cked” here).
But first - the dreaded before shots.
I want to quickly remind you that this post is not sponsored. All of the ideas and opinions are my own, and I’ve chosen products that I personally like and stand behind. This is all just from one mama trying to get organized, to another!
See what I mean? Yikes. The first thing I wanted to do was try and give myself a little more room to work with. The easiest way to organize things is to “contain” them- using bins, baskets, etc. So I wanted to sort things into bins but I was limited in space in terms of fitting bins in there. The nice thing about most fridges is that you can move shelves higher, lower, remove shelves, etc. So the first thing I did was remove everything from the fridge, got rid of things that were expired, and then took out the cheese drawer, because I didn’t like the limited space I had under the drawer. I also moved a couple shelves up to give me more room for taller items.
I sort of visually pictured where I would want bins and what I would want in them and then headed out to see what I could find. My favourite bins for organizing so far have been by iDesign, and they have a “Fridge Binz” line that makes it really easy to give you ideas of how to sort out the fridge.
So as you can see, I kept the items in the doors pretty much the same. I have a lot of room in the fridge doors for tons of condiments, drinks, salad dressings etc and I feel like that space was already being utilized well. Fruit and veggie drawers also stayed the same. However, I really like how much cleaner and sorted everything else ended up looking like, and Kev and I have both agreed it’s a lot easier to find and access things. Here are some of the items I used:
(Used for yogurt cups & containers on top shelf)
(for meat, cheese and margarine on third shelf)
(for cheese on third shelf)
I also highly recommend the Rubbermaid Brilliance 22-piece Food Storage Containers! No spills/leaks, microwave dishwasher and freezer safe, and look chic when they’re stacked together to hold all of your leftovers/prepped meals!
Here are a couple more close-ups of some of the items I used! I’m really happy with the result and food prep has been going significantly smoother since reorganizing! I LOVE the feeling after and hope I can keep this system up because it has truly made things much quicker and easier! I hope this can inspire you or help you figure out how you’d like to organize your own spaces!