Cans to Stabilize Condiments in FridgeI love condiments. But some of the bottles are a little too slender to stay up when I open the door. Today I came up with something I think might help some of you.
Organizing a Two Door FridgeI bought a two door fridge. The freezer side of the fridge was difficult to organize. The meat was one on top of another on shelves, so I used two plastic bin drawers that fit perfectly on the shelves
Freezer Organization with Shoe BoxesI have hurt my foot having a piece of frozen chicken fall out. Never again. Now that I am moved, and in a smaller kitchen, I have to have things organized.
Freezer Organization Using Binder ClipsWhen your bags of frozen foods start getting really tiny, they tend to get crumpled and lost in your freezer, leading to food waste and stale freezer odors. Use binder clips to hang your bags of frozen foods on the rack shelf. Just fold up the bags and clip on the rack from the top.
Hang Plastic Food Containers on Fridge ShelfI love these Sara Lee lunch meat containers. I use them for craft and office supplies. Hanging them up saves me space where space is already limited.
Organize your Freezer with Plastic Shoe BoxesI was sick of things sliding off each other so I spent about 45 minutes doing this.
Store Empty Containers in FreezerI like to freeze many of the vegetables from our garden, however I don't have cabinet space to store the empty containers. My solution to this dilemma is wash and dry the empty containers...
Easy Freezer StorageI've used shoe boxes and small basins, three on each shelf, to divide my freezer. This still leaves room above the boxes to slide in frozen dishes and pizza. Ice cream and miscellaneous fit in front.
Keeping Your Refrigerator Clean and OrganizedI use plastic placemats to line the top shelf of my refrigerator. I cut up the old placemats to fit the top shelf and it really helps when it comes time to clean.
Fridge Organizing With Metal Desk TraysI had a lot of the old fashioned metal desk trays. These now are in the fridge to help keep things organized, i.e. all the dairy products including: yogurt, sour cream, and sliced cheese are in one.
Improve Freezer AccessI use small meal size containers for berries to go with pancakes or deserts. The first trick is to turn over every second container, so that it's lid rim is down. I get one extra container per row that way.
Make a List of Frozen ItemsI make a list of items that I store in my chest freezer, and keep in taped on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door. As I use the items, I cross the item off the list. As I add more to my chest freezer, I add the item to the list.
Use Baskets To Organize FreezerThe article I read suggested using small baskets for different categories of food. The categories were: beef, chicken, pork, prepped foods, and prepared foods. I have a garden and don't consume that much meat so my categories combine beef and pork and add veggies.
Organizing the Chest FreezerOut with our chest freezer I have an old chalk board, I have marked it down in sections: right side, middle, and left side for both top and bottom sections. One part is fruit, another meat, another frozen meals, etc.
Vertically Organize Your FreezerI got really tired of trying to find things in my freezer. I went to Big Lots and bought some plastic boxes. I stood my bags of meat on end like a file drawer.
Use Baskets to Organize Refrigerator and FreezerI find that if I use wire baskets (or plastic) to organize my freezer and refrigerator, it is so much easier to find things and also to clean them.
Keeping Track of What is in Your FreezerWhen you freeze leftovers, keep a notepad by the freezer and write down what you have got in there. When you have a "don't know what to cook" moment, you will have inspiration.
Keep a List Of What You HaveKeep a list of all the foods in your fridge and freezer on a dry erase board and add/subtract foods as you eat/replenish them! It is great for being able to scan and see what you can make or what you need at a quick glance!
Keep Leftovers In Small ContainersBefore putting something in the fridge as a leftover make sure it is in the smallest container it can be, so it will take up less space and cost less to keep cool. No sense in keeping cool a whole crock pot when there's only one bowl left of soup.
Using Bungee Cords To Help Fill The FreezerI can fully stuff my freezer shelves AND avoid things falling out when I open the door by crisscrossing bungee cord straps between the shelves.
Keeping Track of What You HaveSometimes I get carried away by specials or forget I already have a lot of something and buy more. After my last pantry cleaning, I posted two lists on the refrigerator.
Line Refrigerator Drawers With Paper TowelsLine the drawers of your refrigerator with paper towels to absorb moisture, your fruits and veggies will stay fresher and it makes for easier cleanup of your drawers.
By Bobbie Gillette
Organizing Frozen VeggiesI always try to have frozen veggies on hand, and often use less than a full bag at a time. To keep from losing these partial bags, I keep a plastic crate in the freezer.
Refrigerator Lazy SusanThey actually make one for the 'fridge that has a corner portion that keeps it in place better than the round lazy susan. It is clear plastic and a good size. I find it very convenient!