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5 Tips For Organizing Your Refrigerator

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5 Tips For Organizing Your Refrigerator for easy meal prep to save time and money, so food stays fresh all week.

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5 Tips For Organizing Your Fridge

You’ve decided to tackle the oh-so anxiety-inducing task of organizing your refrigerator. Refrigerator organization can be both painless and rewarding when done the right way. I promise, it will be worth it when you see your hard work beautifully displayed each time you grab a snack out of your fridge!

Why I Chose a Sub-Zero Refrigerator For My Kitchen

You may remember from this post that we renovated our kitchen earlier this year (final kitchen reveal post coming soon!). Having the opportunity to create my perfect kitchen was an absolute dream, and as a home chef, appliances were top of mind. When preparing meals refrigeration is where you start and end, so when it came to choosing the right refrigerator I was looking for two things: adequate storage space and optimal food preservation. Sub-Zero checked each box.

Since I cook with so many fresh ingredients, I love that my Sub-Zero has a NASA-inspired air purification system. It scrubs away ethylene gas – which hastens food spoilage – and removes bacteria, mold and viruses every 20 minutes. How cool is that? Another major plus was that it came panel ready. This meant I was able to blend the refrigerator and freezer seamlessly into my kitchen cabinet design. Score!

While my new Sub-Zero has made refrigerator organization a breeze for me, you can organize ANY fridge with a few simple tricks. Here are my top 5 tips:

1. Familiarize yourself with the temperature and humidity in each zone of your refrigerator.

  • The door: The refrigerator door is typically the warmest zone. That makes it perfect for items with higher concentrations of vinegar, salt, and preservatives, like condiments.
  • The drawers: These are usually humidity controlled. This makes them ideal for produce like fruits and veggies.
  • The shelves: It’s best to store drinks and ready-to-eat foods like leftovers on the top shelf. This is because heat rises, so the internal temperature will always be higher on the top shelves than the middle and bottom shelves. I suggest you keep any raw ingredients on middle and lower shelves. Even milk, which spoils easily, will have the longest life on the bottom shelf.
  • My Sub-Zero refrigerator actually came with a freshness card inside the door. The card details which shelves and drawers to store certain types of food and produce for maximum preservation. The cards are also color coded and categorized to help keep foods grouped and organized. If you enjoy organizing, you’ll probably love this convenient guide.

2. Establish a system based on what you use most often.

  • Consider which items you reach for in your refrigerator most often and prioritize their placement. Position them in the easiest and most convenient spaces to grab – think eye-level and front row. See this list for my go-to Refrigerator, Freezer and Pantry Staples.
  • Another perk of my Sub-Zero refrigerator is that the shelves are shallow and wide rather than deep and narrow. This makes it easy to see everything in my refrigerator and freezer without forgetting about the food that used to get pushed to the back.

3. Use containers to maximize space and efficiency.

  • If you love organization as much as I do, these containers (affil link) are perfect for holding citrus and avocados, which keeps them fresh longer.
  • Use mason jars with screw top lids available on amazon (affil link) to store your pre-chopped veggies, onions, peeled garlic, etc so it’s ready to use for the week.
  • Store meal prep dished, leftovers or salads in clear glass containers (affil link) so you can see what’s inside. Here’s a link to my meal prep recipes for inspiration.
  • Use a deep container for thawing meat. This prevents a mess if the package leaks and helps prevent cross-contamination.

Bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to work with these Greek Chicken Meal Prep Rice Bowls – the perfect recipe to make ahead!This delicious Turkey Taco Salad is perfect to meal prep, to make ahead for lunch for the week!

4. Keep herbs in mason jars

  • Wash your herbs and keep them in mason jars with a little water, it will keep them fresh for weeks.

5. Use a Lazy Suzan for Beverages

  • A lazy susan makes it really easy to see all your beverages or containers and keep them at arms reach.

Now that your refrigerator is organized, I’d love to see the finished project! Tag me on Instagram @skinnytaste and bonus points if you share a before and after pic!

Disclosure: This post is created in partnership with Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cover. All thoughts are my own.

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17 comments on “5 Tips For Organizing Your Refrigerator”

  1. After this long, I think I’d like to see what you are doing now for organizing your fridge. Love how it looked then and I’d like to see how it evolved with use.

  2. I am in the middle of a house remold including my kitchen 😀 I have been following your meal plans without a stove or oven. It’s amazing what you can do with a microwave, instant pot, air fryer and multipurpose slow cooker… Thanks for these ideas, an organized fridge is always makes life easier.

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    Blanda Beauty

    Thank you for the post and the beautiful pics. While the jars look nice, i find it too much work to refill and rebottle. The one thing which made my fridge-life a bit easier, was to group the food by type (more or less). E.g. on the top shelf I put everthing made of milk, like yogurt, cream, butter, etc. It makes finding things easier and quicker.

  4. I don’t have a fridge that is only one layer deep. My best solution was to put big lazy susans on most shelves and pull out bins on the other. That is the only way NOTHING hides. Forget the jars. Big hassle, those.

  5. Which sub zero model did you get? I’ve been looking at all-fridge and all-freezer for our new home build to really maximize space.

    1. I have the BI-36F/O 36″ Freezer BI-36F, Overlay, Left Hinge and the BI-36R/O 36″ Refrigerator BI-36R, Overlay, Right Hinge

  6. Thank you for this — it’s time to clean and organize the fridge! One question (sorry if you already covered this at one point) – how do we keep salad/spinach/kale leaves fresh in the fridge. I tried to keep in their container and get so yucky after few days.

    1. For a bunch of whole leaves, it’s all about avoiding excess moisture. Wrap the bunch in a layer of paper towels, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer.