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Decluttering is going well here and I'm attacking the fridge today. And so far I've disposed/recycled 15 jars of ???/expired/green mold/... :puke.<br>
Still a ways to go but dd#2 woke up in the midst of it. Anyways, so how do you organize the fridge? I've always just put stuff in where I find room (except the butter/cheese in the tray and the veggies and fruits in the bottom drawers and eggs in the egg tray). Do you have a system? I just thought now is the time to organize it so it doesn't take me 2-3 minutes to find xyz.
 

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in no way is my fridg....idair, super-organized, but in general i keep things to drink on the top shelf along with the giant bottle of amino's and box of bisquick (which really should go on the bottom shelf, but it is giant).....the bottom shelf has breads, tortilla's, flour....basically dry bready stuff. the middle shelf has everything else that doesn't belong in the door or veggie drawer. i.e. leftovers, cheese, dairy products, etc.
 

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Okay, I am on a super organizing spree. I am also thinking about my fridge and would love to hear suggestions. I am thinking HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING. Is that the answer?<br><br>
Or, should I get some kind of organizer? Is there something at the container store?<br><br>
What happens, too, is my fridge gets sooo gross and I don't even see it anymore, kwim?<br><br>
Okay, taking notes...
 

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I have sections for mine. One the door I keep one shelf for dressings and pet meds, one for mustards and sauces and one for marinades. Also small one for jams and of course the butter/cheese spot. I have two crisper drawers so fruit goes in one and vegies in the other and I have a long narrow spot I keep eggs. I keep a shelf for milk and beverages, one for leftovers and stuff we use a lot and the top shelf for pickles rtc. I also have a meat drawer but we also keep flat things like tortillas in it. It sounds like a lot of shelves and it is but it is a tall narrow fridge with a side by side freezer. I do a similar organization with the freezer. Each shelf for a different category.<br><br>
Of course I still lose containers of green mould in it!
 

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Unless we have a party of some kind, ours is organized so:<br>
furits/ veggies in bottom drawers<br>
cheese, homebrewing supplies, dried fruit are in "meat" drawer<br>
one shelf has eggs on the left and jars of nut butters/ seeds/ nuts/ tahini/ miso on the right<br>
condiments and jelly and bread yeast on the door<br>
tofu and other stuff we stock up on that lasts a while on the bottom shelf<br>
leftovers and open containers of tofu, soy milk, juice, etc. on the top shelf
 

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I don't but I say something on mission organization the other day that was a small fridge and they used containers that fit exactly in the fridge and stacked on top of each other. It really make a lot more room for so much more stuff, but for me that would become annoying after I while to have to put everything in a box. It seemed to work for them though.
 

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Good tip!<br><br>
We have a freezer on top, frige on bottom type...<br><br>
Ours isn't overly organized -- but I generally know where everything is. On the door is a little bin for my jar of minced garlic; sticks of butter; and cream cheese (if I have any). I also keep juice bottles; bottled water; syrup; condiments; and other jarred items (like pickles) on the door.<br><br>
One of the bottom bins in the general section contain veggies.<br><br>
The bottom shelf above the big bins: milk; meat; some left overs.<br><br>
Middle shelf: eggs (small space for that under another tray where I keep cheese); yogurt; bread<br><br>
Top shelf: fruit that needs to be eaten right away (if I don't see it--I forget to eat it). Other snack foods for the kids: like apple sauce or fruit cups.
 

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Mine is just kinda hodgepodge, but every time I clean it I try to organize it. Ideally, the top shelf would be for soymilk and condiments that don't fit in the door. Next shelf would be for yogurt, tofu, eggs, Earth Balance, things like that. Bottom shelf would be for leftovers and larger containers. First drawer is for (vegan) cheese, (rice) tortillas, etc. Second drawer is veggies and bottom drawer is veggie overflow.<br><br>
I do want to mention that I have read in several places that eggs should not be stored in the egg trays on the fridge door. That's the warmest place in the fridge, since the door is what gets opened multiple times a day, and your eggs will stay fresher on a fridge shelf.
 

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Two tips: A small lazy susan can make a world of difference if you often have things hiding out in the back of the fridge and turning into science experiments.<br>
And (I stole this from the meal planning forum), if you don't have a problem with plastic, a lot of frozen goods can be frozen flat in zip-lock bags and stacked or "shelved."<br><br>
My fridge looks like this:<br>
Top shelf--beverages<br>
Next shelf--eggs and small leftover containers. I adjusted the shelf so that this is very short. Two egg cartons can stack in there, just barely.<br>
Next shelf--leftovers, dairy products, and mason jars full of fermentables, etc. Okay, and here's where the science experiments sometimes crop up.<br>
Next shelf--any veggies that won't fit in the veggy drawer.<br>
Veggie drawer<br>
Meat drawer
 

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My fridge is in no way organized (don't know what to do besides go through it every week) but it really really helps if you turn all the jars and bottles so the labels are facing the front, kind of like at the store. It looks nicer, really!
 

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Ha! I have no organizing tips. We just shove everything in until we can't fit anymore. This si one area we need to get proactive in!
 

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Oh yeah we do this too, it works great!
 

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I clean my fridge out before I go to the grocery store, that's when it's at it's emptiest point. I throw out any rotten stuff and give the shelves a quick wipe down.<br>
The door of the fridge is another story, mostly condiments and such so I tend not to move those and clean under them. It really needs it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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This is more of a fridge-cleaning tip than an organizing one, but it should help with removing any moldy items regularly. To keep my fridge clean I take one shelf or drawer out each week and take it into the shower with me. In order to do this, I have to move everything off or out of that item and get rid of anything nasty. Once in the shower, the shelf or drawer is cleaned effortlessly, and I can just give it a quick wash and rinse once I'm finished if necessary. Easy! Hopefully no one thinks it's gross to shower with parts of one's fridge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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top shelf: drinks and other liquids, things that need to be eaten ASAP before they go bad, fresh meat<br><br>
middle shelf: leftovers, dairy products<br><br>
drawer: lunch meats and all cheeses<br><br>
bottom shelf: bread products, large jars (like pickles), any excess veggies or random large items<br><br>
bottom drawers: veggies<br><br>
door: butter, eggs, condiments<br><br>
I always make sure I can see everything, or else it will definitely be forgotten and start to get moldy! I don't do much dairy or bread anymore, but this is the way I used to organize.
 

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My fridge is pretty organized, it's the only way I can keep up with what I need to get at the store. I clean it out every Saturday morning before I go to the store. But, it doesn't usually need much time because I do it weekly.<br><br>
Top shelf - Milk, juice and any other liquids or very tall bottles. Right now there is some vinegar and 2 tall tubs of yogurt.<br><br>
Next shelf down - this is my leftovers shelf. Any leftovers that we have go here right at eye view. That way they are more likely to be eaten. This shelf has been the best thing I did when reorganizing my fridge.<br><br>
Next shelf down - eggs, any smaller containers of cheese or berries<br><br>
Dairy drawer - cheese, tortillas, greek yogurt, feta, occasionally lunchmeat<br><br>
Bottom shelf - one side basket with fruit, basket with peppers, bag of carrots, basically any produce that is firm - other side is usually some sort of sliced meat, I usually make a roast of some sort on Monday and we use it for a couple days for sandwiches and stuff.<br><br>
produce drawer - lettuces, overflow from the above shelf<br><br>
bottom drawer - reserved for meat that needs defrosting. I wash this every week.<br><br>
The door has a butter compartment and 3 shelves. The top shelf is dressings and ketchup, the second shelf is mustard, garlic, lemon juice, soy, worchesteshire, and teriyaki. The bottom is for big or tall jars, right now mayo and coffee for my mom.
 
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