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5 Common Misconceptions of Refrigerator Organizing

Refrigerators-who doesn’t have one!

Isn’t it frustrating when your family puts food stuff away in the refrigerator but not in the area that you wish them to be? Even when I tell my family where to put everything somehow they end up on different shelves or drawers. Then I spend time rearranging the food! I needed to reorganize my refrigerator.

My Usual Plan: Take a picture of the inside of the refrigerator. Take everything out. Clean. Load refrigerator. Done. This time I added a step.

I was looking for organized refrigerator images. And I happened to read the linked article. It was about how to organize food in the refrigerator.

Now I had an organized refrigerator but according to freshness experts I didn’t put my food stuff on appropriate shelves to keep it fresh. (References: Consumer Reports article)

Chefs organize their refrigerators follow food storage guidelines and placement was based on the varying temperatures in the refrigerator.

I had the milk on the door, leftovers on the middle shelf and meat in a veggie drawer. I always thought, my kids were always looking for the milk, so I put it on the door. After reading the articles on organizing the refrigerator by its varying temperature I decided to try it. And then I followed the guidelines I always use for my refrigerator plus, I even adjusted shelf heights!

Move those shelves!

Arrange shelves and drawers to accommodate tall, medium, and short containers. Experiment with the arrangement. (Did you know that 90% of refrigerator owners never switch shelf placements!)

Use clear containers for fruits, veggies, juices, salad dressings

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Make labels large enough to be placed at the front of the container. So, when you open the doors the labels are bold and visible. Everyone seems to obey labels.

Freshness guidelines

The Refrigerator Doors.

The doors are opened and closed all day long. The doors and upper shelves are the warmest areas of the refrigerators. It is too warm for milk and eggs

STORE: Condiments, juices, soda, water bottles, butter, lemon juice, salsas

The Top Shelves

These shelves are the warmest area of the refrigerator.

STORE: jelly, leftovers, peanut butter, hummus, yogurt (it is fermented and able to be on the top shelf)

Leftovers. Use smaller containers to cool off food better. Then place leftovers front and center so anyone can see it when they open the doors. Eat it first!

The Lower Shelf (Usually above the Deli/Meat/Cheese drawer) This is the second coldest area of the refrigerator.

STORE Milk, eggs, wine Adjust those shelf heights for various liquids.

The Deli Bin Depending on the refrigerator brand, it is in the middle of the frig and the coldest area in the refrigerator. It is ideal for sandwich ingredients which it is why it is called the deli bin.Some refrigerators even have temperature control options.

STORE: bacon, cheeses, brie, lunch meat, hot dogs, tuna fish, chicken salad.

Fun food!

Drawer Bins (Usually 2 drawers) The remaining bins are Crisper Drawers. They are designed to store different foods according to the degree of humidity needed by the plant. I must admit that I never read the manual (until now) about how to separate foods. These drawers have humidity temperature controls and now I know how to use them.

Fruit and Veggies separated by humidity levels.

Low Humidity

  • Apples

  • Grapes

  • Ripe Avocados

  • Peppers

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Plums

  • Ripe melons

High Humidity

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Green onions

  • Leafy salads

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There you have it! Now it’s a good looking, organized frig while keeping food fresh and long lasting!

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