Is your refrigerator and/or freezer a chaotic mess with no real organization? Perhaps you toss everything on the shelves, paying little-to-no regard to how impacts the utility of your unit. Over time, this can lead to buildups of old food and beverages. By maintaining order in your refrigerator and freezer, you can reduce waste while making your items just a little easier to find.
#1) Use The Crisper Drawers
Most modern-day refrigerators have humidity-controlled “crisper” drawers at the bottom. The space inside these drawers is less humid than the rest of the refrigerator; therefore, it’s recommended that you use it to store leafy greens and other vegetables. Storing your vegetables here rather than inside the main compartment of your refrigerator will increase their shelf life while preserving their crispy texture.
#2) Fill It Up!
Refrigerators and freezers are designed to work the best when they are full. By filling the empty space, the unit can maintain the proper temperature using less energy. So the next time your refrigerator or freezer is looking empty, place some water bottles inside.
#3) Don’t Weigh Down The Door
One all-too-common mistake people make with their refrigerator is weighing down the door with beverages and condiments. This may not seem like an issue, but too much weight may prevent the door from shutting all the way. Even if the top half of the gasket might is secure, but the bottom half might be open, allowing the cold air to escape. Check your refrigerator door after loading it with groceries to ensure it shuts all the way.
#4) Adjust The Shelves
When was the last time you adjusted the height of your refrigerator shelves? Most people rarely, if ever, adjust these shelves. By raising or lowering them to fit the contents of your refrigerator, however, you can improve its capacity and essentially store more items.
#5) Separate Perishables
Place foods and beverages with a short shelf life in a separate part of your refrigerator. For instance, dedicate a shelf specifically for leftover foods. You can then check this shelf once a week, either eating or disposing of its contents.
These are just a few tips to create a more organized refrigerator and freezer. It’s also recommended that you consider the needs of family members when adding/rearranging foods and beverages. Families with small children may want to place juice boxes and kid-friendly snacks on the bottom shelf where the they can reach it.