There’s nothing worse than spending money on food only to have it go bad in your refrigerator because you couldn’t see it or easily gain access to it. But with a clean and organized refrigerator, problems like this will be a thing of the past.
To help you see how this can be possible, here are three tips for having a clean and organized refrigerator.
Use Restaurant’s Color-Coded Bins
To better set up your home refrigerator, take a page out of the way restaurants fill and use their chillers and refrigeration units.
According to Richard Traylor, a contributor to WebstaurantStore.com, most restaurants keep color-coded bins in their fridges. Within these bins, you’ll want to keep certain similar products together so you can know what you have while also easily finding it amid all of the food in your fridge. And as you’re putting food into these color-coded bins, make sure you move items from the back into the front and then put your newer food into the back so that you can easily follow the first in-first out method.
Wipe Items Off Before Storing Them
One thing that can help your fridge stay cleaner is only storing clean items in your fridge.
While this might be something that seems easy, when you’re busy cooking, it’s easy to quickly use an item and then put it back in the fridge without noticing that there’s something spilled on the side. However, when you put messy jars, bottles, or other containers back into the fridge, it’s easy for that mess to spread. Knowing this, Kelli Foster, a contributor to The Kitchn, advises that you wipe down everything before storing it in your fridge, even if you’ve just bought it from the store or don’t remember spilling anything. To make this easier, keep a towel or washcloth close by your fridge so you can wipe and rinse easily throughout the day.
Line Your Drawers And Shelves
Even if you try your best to clean things off before you put them in your fridge, things can thaw or leak.
To prevent this from ruining your clean fridge, Alina Bradford, a contributor to CNet.com, suggests that you line your drawers and shelves. By using something like paper towels, newspaper, or parchment paper as the first layer on your drawers or shelves, if something does leak or spill, the cleanup will be much easier. Just make sure you always replace the liner you use once it’s soaked up something or become dirty so that your fridge will always be ready for the next mess.
If you’ve found that your fridge is always getting messy and disorganized, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you address these issues in your own home.