Dollar Tree is filled with organizational supplies. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Go to Dollar Tree For Supplies

Some people assume that if they want to have an aesthetic looking fridge, they have to spend a fortune somewhere like The Container Store. While they might have the biggest selection of organizational tools around, that doesn’t mean that it’s the only place that you can go. Amazon sells a lot of affordable sets of fridge organization bins. There are even some at Dollar Tree. If you don’t find the fridge organizational items at your local Dollar Tree, you can order it online and it will be shipped to your local store.

These are just a few items that you can use to organize your refrigerator. Credit: Dollar Tree

Besides the fridge organization tools and boxes, Dollar Tree also has pretty much everything you need to get this project done. They have cleaning supplies, food, and containers that you can use to store food in your pantry. If you don’t already make it a habit of shopping there, I highly recommend it. Keep in mind that some of the best items are in the newer stores located in more affluent areas. So even if you need to drive a few minutes out of the way, it’s worth it.

Make sure you only take meat out of the freezer when you are ready to use it. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Store Meat on the Lower Shelves

According to the University of Illinois, you should always store meat in the bottom shelf of your fridge. “Store raw meat, poultry and seafood on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so juices don’t drip onto other foods and cause cross-contamination. When thawing meat in the refrigerator meat should be placed on a plate or in a container to prevent juices from contaminating other foods.”

Keep meat at the bottom of the fridge. Credit: Shutterstock

In truth, it’s best to keep your meat in the freezer until you’re ready to use it. Hopefully, you will only keep meat in the fridge just before you’re feeling ready to cook it. Like  we mentioned on other parts of the list, you should always label the meat with the date that it was originally frozen, and make sure it’s used before it spoils. 

If you’re gone, leave your family notes about what needs to get eaten first. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Leave Yourself and Your Family Notes

For a lot of you, the suggestion to leave notes on your fridge is obvious. There are plenty of families who have this tradition that carries over from generation to generation. However, if you don’t already leave notes on your fridge, you should probably start. This is a great way for you to communicate with your loved ones, especially if you work on different schedules.

There are all kinds of notes you can leave your family. Credit: Shutterstock

If you have it in the budget to buy a new fridge, you might want to consider buying one with a digital screen on the front. These can be useful, because you can use a phone app to send digital messages to the front of your refrigerator. This is great for sending funny photos and messages to your family, but it’s also great if you forgot to leave a physical note before you left the house for work.

The Bottle Loft. Credit: Uncommon Goods

8. Hang Bottles From The Roof of the Fridge 

One of the best ways to get more space in any organizational situation is to take advantage of vertical space. This is a common tactic if you’re trying to decorate a small apartment. But it obviously makes a lot of sense inside of your fridge too. Earlier on this list we mentioned hanging bags from the top of the fridge. But this can also be done with bottles as well.

This rack helps suspend bottles of wine off of the roof of the fridge. Credit: Shutterstock

A company called Uncommon Goods makes a magnetic bottle rack where you can hang beer and soda from the ceiling. For those of you who drink on a regular basis, this might be very useful. Obviously, if you don’t drink very often, something like this wouldn’t really work well in the amount of space that you have. But it could be perfect if you have a secondary fridge that is dedicated to just adult beverages.

It’s best to check your fridge to make sure that items is in stock. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Check For Items Before You Buy Them

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that they buy something at the grocery store and that they already had at home. This is usually more common if your fridge is disorganized. It can also happen if you have multiple people in the household buying groceries too. But if you want to avoid this, it’s as simple as opening your fridge and pantry to see what you have in stock before you go to the grocery store.

Make a list before you go to the grocery store. Credit: Shutterstock

Also make sure that you communicate with your family when you are planning to go buy groceries. Even if you are stopping by the grocery store after work, try to make it a habit of calling your family members to ask if they need anything. Also don’t be afraid to ask someone to double-check the fridge while you’re at the store. This can help you save money in the long run, and avoid food waste.

Be sure to clean out expired food regularly. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Keep On Top Of The Cleaning Regularly 

Earlier on the list, we already talked about how important it is to keep your fridge sanitized. For a lot of you, this is probably common sense at this point, considering that most people are more aware about germs and viruses than ever before. However, you should still clean out your fridge regularly in terms of getting rid of the things that you no longer need.

The more you clean your fridge, the easier it will be to find what you need. Credit: Shutterstock

It’s much easier to keep your fridge clean in general if you regularly go through and get rid of the food you know has gone bad, or simply won’t eat. This becomes a lot more difficult if you have a lot of people living in the same house. So be sure to check in with your roommates or partner before you throw something away that hasn’t gone bad yet.

It may be exciting to go grocery shopping, but don’t go overboard. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Avoid Overfilling the Fridge

One of the biggest mistakes people make is buying too much food. They get home from the store, and realize that there isn’t enough room in their fridge or freezer to make everything fit. This has become an even more common problem during the pandemic, because people are trying to stockpile and get ready to stay home over long periods of time. According to Forbes, grocery sales in the United States went from $1.2 billion in 2019 to $7.2 billion in 2020.

With people stockpiling more than ever, they tend to over-buy. Credit: Shutterstock

This is a huge jump in the amount of food we are buying and preparing for ourselves. So if you’re doing this, you’re not alone. It’s understandable if you want to overstock on items to reduce your trips to the grocery store. However, if the amount of food you’re buying leads to food waste, or you can’t fit everything, try to scale back. Remember that even during the worst moments of food shortage, we only went around 2 to 3 weeks without food in the grocery stores. It’s not necessary to stockpile for the whole year when we have online delivery and curbside pickup.

Stackable drink storage can help fit more beverages in your fridge.Credit: The Container Store

4. Use Stackable Storage for Drinks

If you’re on a tight budget and you can only buy one or two organizational bins for your project, I highly recommend focusing on stackable storage for your drinks. For example, a lot of you’ve probably seen those boxes that allow cans to roll forward when you pick one up. This is a huge lifesaver if you drink sparkling water or soda regularly.

It’s easy to find all of these drinks, and the won’t spill. Credit: The Container Store

Some companies also make storage containers that you can stack bottles of wine on top of one another. If you don’t like to keep her one in the door of the fridge, this can be a really great option to keep bottles of wine stacked vertically.

Some people like to keep their cosmetics in a mini fridge. Credit: Shutterstock

3. You Should Probably Skip the Trendy Mini Fridge for Cosmetics 

Back in 2018 to 2019, there was a trend in the luxury cosmetic market to have a “beaty fridge”. Some companies like Lush claimed that your organic skin treatments needed to be kept in the fridge. Drunk Elephant even sold a $400 gift bundle of their most expensive skincare that came with a mini fridge. A lot of people skipped the mini fridge and went straight to putting their products into the same space where they stored their food. But is it really necessary?

Refrigerating your cosmetics help them last longer. Credit: Shutterstock

Ahh, remember the good old days when people wasted money? According to dermatologists, putting your cosmetics in the fridge doesn’t actually do that much to keep them fresh. Elle Magazine interviewed a dermatologist named Dr. Gross, who had this to say; “A beauty fridge is unnecessary—a marketing gimmick—because whenever a product is released into the market it has to go through stability testing, which shows that a product is stable, that it will not decompose at room temperature, and that it’s not going to lose its efficacy even once it’s opened.”

Celebrities love to show off their perfect fridges to the world. Credit: Khloe Kardashian on YouTube

2. Get Inspiration From Celebrity Fridges

Believe it or not, one of the best places you can find fridge organization tips is to watch celebrity kitchen tours. Most people can’t afford to hire help to get the perfect fridge. But the vast majority of celebrities have professional organizers like The Home Edit, come through their home before they invite a TV crew to come over.

Trisha Paytas shows her beverage fridge. Credit: Trisha Paytas on YouTube

I highly recommend checking out Khloe Kardashian’s pantry, as well as Trisha Paytas’ kitchen tour on YouTube. There are also a lot of episodes of old school MTV Cribs that might give you some great ideas on how to organize your kitchen. If there is a particular celebrity you like the most, do a quick search to see if they have ever done an Architectural Digest tour. One of my personal favorites is the Kendall Jenner house tour.

Make sure you check the expiration dates before combining food. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Only Consolidate Foods When It’s Appropriate

If you bought into the trend of putting your food into clear containers, you are probably consolidating multiple boxes of food. This can be a really great way to make more room in your fridge or pantry. However, you really need to be careful about expiration dates. Never mix two foods together if they are going to go bad at different times. For example, don’t mix older milk with new milk. It will automatically make the newer milk switch to the older expiration date, and make it go bad faster.

Glass jars are more aesthetically pleasing. Credit: Shutterstock

With that being said, foods that you finish regularly should be fine. For example, if you eat the same cereal every day for breakfast, chances are that you’ll finish all of it before it expires. Since its shelf life is roughly one year, it doesn’t matter if it takes you a month to finish two boxes of cereal. However, if you have a product that is going to expire soon, you’ll waste that food if you mix the old and new together. Always finish the original food before you pour a new box in, and consider cleaning it out in-between refills.