Today is all about fridge organisation, and how I got this area sorted. There are several huge advantages to having an organised fridge, including saving time and money, using storage solutions more effectively, and making the fridge run as efficiently as possible. Here's how I whipped ours into shape!
So, we've just come back from a wonderful Summer holiday at the family beach-house. I love having so much quality time with our little ones and my husband while he's on his break. Beach time, parks, ice-cream and block towers made for a lovely few weeks, and a great way to unwind from a super busy December!
Not so fun, though, was coming home to this....eeek... I mean, could this fridge be any emptier?! Look at that poor lonely egg....
Because we go away for about 10 days every year, I always try to run the fridge and cupboard supplies down at the end of December so we're not wasting any food. Which means, when we come home in January, there is a major food shop to be done! The only thing we grabbed on the way home yesterday was milk and bread, but I needed to stock up on everything else. After posting some fridge inspiration on Instagram, I decided that now was the perfect time to get our fridge in order. This year, I'm all about trying to come up with systems that make life as easy as possible, and having an organised fridge full of healthy food is definitely one of my goals.
When the fridge is this empty, it's the perfect time to give it a thorough clean! I sprayed the shelves down with a water and vinegar combination and gave them a good scrub. I usually give the shelves a wipe-down each week/fortnight before I do the grocery shopping, so they weren't too bad. I also took out the side bits in the door and gave them a wash in some hot soapy water (these were bad as I rarely do this step!!)
Nothing like starting with a blank slate!
After hitting the shops, I laid everything out on the bench-tops so I could start to categorise. (believe me, every surface of the kitchen was covered during this organising process!)
I then starting placing things into the storage containers I had on hand. This included 3 handled baskets, which are great for easily grabbing whatever you need rather than having to reach into the back of the fridge. I also have a large storage basket in which I keep everything lunch related. I've used this for a few years now, and still love it for the convenience of grabbing the whole basket out so I can quickly put sandwiches together for the family.
I made some new fridge labels using this free download, and just printed the words out separately and stuck them on, as I couldn't manage to type directly onto the labels which was a bit annoying! But they still look cute!
Time for the fun part - putting everything back in! The fridge door pretty much remained as it was, but I found room to load up the spare milk containers (we go through SO much milk in this house!), and the sauces were moved to the bottom shelf (that weird looking bottle on the bottom is salad dressing if you were wondering!).
I also labelled the eggs with the date so I can tell which ones need to be used up when we bring in fresh ones.
In the main part of the fridge, the space on the right of the top shelf is now available to hold our mason jar salads. We usually make 4-6 at a time, and they do take up quite a bit of room! The things we grab for breakfast each morning, such as yoghurt and fruit, are now easily accessible, and there is room behind for 'back-ups'. The second shelf holds the lunch basket, cheese basket (parmesan, fetta, cheddar), and leftovers, which I label using washi tape so I can remember the date it was made!
Shelf three holds two handled baskets for fruit (which I try to mix up the variety of each week), and apples, which we always buy. The smaller container holds citrus fruit, and there is a space at the end of the shelf for defrosting meat for dinner. The bottom shelf holds containers full of prepared veg, which I still find to be such a time-saver, plus it stays fresh for so much longer! There is actually nothing at the moment in the crisper, but it's always good to have extra space!!
So glad to have the fridge sorted and organised with the start of the new year! I'm tackling the freezer next, and am hoping to post about that on Friday. Stay tuned!
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