Quick 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 spend a few minutes organizing 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. Keep reading for a few quick tips to get started.

Women reaching into fridge for drink.


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.


Always keep like items in the same designated area. This will 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.


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.


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. Send it straight from the fridge to the garbage bin. This will help 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.

Not finished organizing the refrigerator? Want some more tips on where and how you should store certain items? Head over to this blog post for more information.

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. Call us today or visit our contact page to shoot us an email.

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2 thoughts on “Quick Tips for Organizing Your Refrigerator”

  1. Do you recommend any good ways to truly keep the fridge smelling nice? I seem to always have a certain odor in my fridge that I cannot get out with baking soda, vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. I try to refrain from harmful chemicals in my fridge – just doesn’t seem right. TIA.

    • Good thinking on using natural cleaning solutions in your refrigerator. Using chemicals where you keep your food is a bad idea. Mixing baking soda and warm water is a great detergent and usually does the trick.

      The most common causes of foul odors in your fridge are improper storage of foods, over stuffing of food inside refrigerator, non cleaning of refrigerator, water collection inside drain tray, and food spoils inside refrigerator.

      If your fridge smells, step one is to clean it thoroughly. Turn off the appliance, and remove everything from shelves and drawers. Soak removable shelves and bins in the sink with warm soapy water. Wipe down fixed parts (Don’t forget to clean the seals) with a cloth dampened with soapy water and vinegar and dry all surfaces thoroughly before placing everything back in the fridge. This is the most difficult task, and the most important.

      To prevent smells from returning, here are a few tips to consider:
      1. Set your fridge to proper temperature, between 37-41 degrees Fahrenheit.
      2. Store food properly by keeping it in air tight containers.
      3. Keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge and replace regularly.

      If you discover that bad odors in the fridge are still lingering, it might be time to call a technician. Some odors are caused by water leakage, poor air circulation or another malfunction. An expert can help you diagnose your problem and get your fridge back up and running so you can use these tips to prevent bad odors from forming in the future.


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