How to Organize a Refrigerator
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, cofounders of The Home Edit, share how they make that daily dive into the refrigerator a treat.
1. Like With Like
A good rule of thumb: Group similar items together. Designate a shelf for beverages or a spot where all dairy products should live to make them easy to find.
To buy: Linus FridgeBinz soda can organizer with shelf, $20; containerstore.com.
2. Prep Space
Once a week, cut up fresh produce to have on hand for snacks and mealtime. Stash it at eye level in stackable, clear, airtight containers, then grab and go.
To buy: Snapware airtight storage set, $35 for 40 pieces; macys.com.
3. Instant Order
Reduce shelf clutter (and avoid losing items in the back of the fridge) by employ- ing acrylic bins to corral awkward-shaped packages, like yogurt pouches or deli meat.
To buy: Fridge Binz, from $8; containerstore.com.
4. Flexible Labels
Make the contents easy to identify at a glance by labeling bins with chalk markers.
To buy: White fine-tip chalk markers, $10 for 2; containerstore.com.
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5. Door Design
The storage space on the door should be used to stash condiments and sauces. That frees up shelf space, which stays cooler, for more perishable items.