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Are you ready to organize and clean your refrigerator? New year, new fridge, right? Well, not exactly new fridge for me, but at least a clean one! I was so tired of opening my refrigerator and seeing the mess, so I decided today was the day to organized and clean it out!
I’m going to be real vulnerable and put a before picture right here! It’s a tiny bit embarrassing, but hey, I’m pretty sure we all have our little dark unorganized corners, right? Just me?
I literally have a bag of cranberries in there from Christmas! Somethings gotta change people! My poor fridge needs me!
As you can see my poor crisper drawers are all disheveled! Everything is just mashed in there like nobody cares!
So how often should you clean your refrigerator?
Well, I looked it up! Cuz I realize every self respecting human should know how often to deep clean and organize their refrigerator!
So we should be deep cleaning them every 3-4 months according to mollymaid.com.
How often do I clean my fridge? Well, that’s not what this blog post is about! So let’s just say it’s been over 4 months and leave it there, shall we? You probably have a perfectly clean refrigerator, you rock! Some of us however, need a little extra help getting started!
Where to start
Opening up the refrigerator and having creatures with long gray beards look back at you is quite a daunting task! The easiest way to start is just to start! That’s half the battle, right?!
Here’s what I did:
- Start by cleaning your kitchen. A whole lot of garbage is coming out, which means you’ll also be filling your sink with dirty storage containers and jars. Don’t add to an already messy kitchen. Empty the dishwasher and clean out the sink.
- If you compost, be sure to have a tub ready to collect all the nasty stuff to throw out.
- Next, empty the refrigerator. It felt so nice to completely clean it out, top to bottom.
- Now wipe down the fridge with a natural cleaning product. I used my favorite natural cleaning spray that I make with vinegar, water, and essential oils. I really want something natural that is going to be near my food! However, you could also use soapy water. Please don’t use anything toxic in your refrigerator.
Doesn’t it look so much better all organized and clean?
Do we really have to put it all back in? Yes, yes we do! So let’s do this!
- Go through all the food you pulled out and throw out all expired and rotten food, or food you just won’t eat.
- Now categorize your items. I don’t mean to label drawers or shelves, though maybe that’s not a bad idea, but just having food roughly organized in the fridge really helps me keep track of what I have. It also makes it so much easier to find things I’m looking for. For instance, I keep all my sauces on the refrigerator door, my milks on another shelf, and so on.
- Also, consolidate extra bottles of soy sauce, or anything you can consolidate. No need to have 10 half empty bottles of catchup people!
- Find a bowl or basket that you can keep random items in such as avocados, or lemons. This really helps to make the fridge look more organized and pretty.
And we’re done! Didn’t take long, right? Totally worth the effort!
A word on storage containers
For years I’ve used plastic Tupperware dishes, but last year for the first time I bought glass storage containers. I also switched to using mason jars for things like leftover soups and sauces. Wow! what a difference it has made in the quality and longevity of my food!! The flavor actually stays fresh for MUCH longer!
My containers also stay looking nice! You know how plastic Tupperware often gets discolored with food like tomatoes? There is no discoloration, or funny smells with glass. I cannot recommend switching to glass enough! Here’s a link to the ones I purchased and seriously LOVE!! Glass Food Storage Container Set
I also love my mason jars! Mason jars are all the rage in farmhouse kitchens right now, however they are also classic and timeless, and will be useful even when the fad has passed.
I use them for everything from canning to holding a fresh bouquet of flowers. They are durable, although we have broken a few, but they are cheap so it’s not a huge deal when one has to be replaced.
I also love that they come in all kinds of sizes. So much versatility! Can you tell I’m supper excited about my storage containers? Get your mason jar collection started, you can thank me later!
A note on storing your fruits and veggies
So you know those crisper drawers? The ones with a little slide tab that says high humidity, and low humidity? Well, turns out they are there for a reason! Which I’ve known, but haven’t really taken the time to learn what veggies and fruits should be stored in which drawers.
So here’s a quick look
- Lettuce, and all leafy greens, as well as green onions should be stored in the high humidity crisper drawer.
- Apples, bell peppers, and other thin skinned fruits and veggies should be stored in low humidity.
- Citrus stores best outside of the crisper. They like the lowest amount of humidity. My avocados do great outside the drawers too. I’ve also discovered that if they ripen on the counter I can put them in the fridge and keep them fresh for an extra week or two!
- Tomatoes should never be stored in the refrigerator. They lose their flavor and become squishy. Store them on the counter.
Now it’s your turn to organize and clean your refrigerator
I hope that I’ve passed on some helpful information on how to organize and clean your refrigerator! It takes some time and energy, but is so worth it in the end! I love opening my fridge and seeing all my beautiful jars and containers organized and ready to use.
How do you keep your fridge organized? share your best tips in the comments!