Tips for Organizing Your Refrigerator

Back-to-school time is here, and while buying school supplies is probably top of your to-do list it might also be time to consider whether you should upgrade your refrigerator as well. Why?

Because a well-organized refrigerator can help lower stress, contribute to a smoothly running family, and help kick-start your families school year in the right direction.

Choosing the Right Refrigerator

The Internet is chock-full of tips for organizing your refrigerator—everything from labels and baskets to pricey containers and customized shelving systems. But the most important organizing decision you can make comes into play before you’ve ever purchased a single grocery item: buying the right refrigerator.

Start by assessing your needs before you commit to a purchase. Don’t base your decision solely on the outside design of a refrigerator; consider your family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to make sure you get the best appliance for your needs.

      Measure the space you have available for a refrigerator, and make sure you take advantage of every millimeter your kitchen layout affords you. Make maximum use of all dimensions: height, width, and even depth. Choose a counter-depth model to gain a few more precious millimeters of storage space.
      Seek out smart design features like high-efficiency LED lighting, which lights up everything inside the refrigerator so you can quickly spot what you want.* Its sleek design also saves more space than the traditional incandescent bulb.
      Look for built-in modular storage features like adjustable dividers, shelves, and rails that you can easily rearrange to fit your particular needs.

Organizing Your Refrigerator
Now that you’ve chosen the right refrigerator for your needs, consider a few quick tips to keep your groceries fresh and well organized:

      An organized refrigerator starts with a clean one. Discard all food from the refrigerator which will allow you to clean all the corners and crevices. Remove any fridge drawers or shelves and soak in warm water mixed with dishwashing soap. Use a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid to wipe the interior. Clean the rubber gasket on the door with diluted bleach or vinegar, and be sure to pat it dry. 
    • GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER Always keep like items in the same designated area to help your family find them quickly and cut down on energy-wasting open-door time. (“Like items” can mean similar things like dairy products or functionally related items like sandwich ingredients.) Consider your family’s unique needs to decide how best to group your groceries, and then stick to your system.
    • DESIGNATE ZONES If you choose (like most people) to store condiments in the door, don’t feel like you have to keep all of them there. Designate a back corner of a regular shelf to house some of your less frequently used accompaniments. Your fridge will not only look more organized without so many small jars and bottles right out front, you’ll also gain some prime real estate to store other, more frequently used items.
    • KEEP IT CLEAN Even the best-organized refrigerator requires a periodic purge. Do a quick once-a-week clean-out on garbage day to get rid of any questionable leftovers or produce. Sending it straight from the fridge to the garbage bin to the trash truck will keep it from stinking up your kitchen.

Don’t let clumsy DIY solutions complicate your life and clutter your refrigerator. Spend the time up front to consider your family’s needs to make sure you purchase a refrigerator purpose-built for smart organization. And, of course, if your refrigerator has not been running like it should, we can help with that too! Our licensed technicians at PDQ Repair will make sure your refrigerator is running at its peak so you can worry about other things.

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