Professional Organizers Arrange Their Fridges With Clever Rules We Can't Wait To Try

If you’re anything like us, organizing your fridge isn’t exactly a task you relish. In truth, though, running a tight ship — in refrigerator terms — will save you both time and money in the long run, so it’s a lot more important than you might think. Pay attention: these rules from genuine experts will help take your ice box from crime scene to organizational dream!

Come up with a plan

As with any task in life, it’s best to go in with a solid plan of action. This goes double for something that involves organization: after all, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!” So, first things first: open your fridge, survey the chaos, and think about what you want to do. It’s time to maximize space and reduce the risk of produce going bad!

Empty the fridge and toss expired products

To organize your fridge, you first need to know exactly what’s in there. So, we recommend emptying everything out and laying it on the countertop. You’ll quickly see what you want to keep and if any foods are out of date. Unsurprisingly, professional organizer Cait Sirianni’s advice here is, “Toss expired food. Especially those old condiments and forgotten frozen meals: that makes room for items you’re currently eating.”

Deep-clean that sucker

With everything removed from the fridge, chances are you’ll get a clearer view of just how grimy it’s become. This is your opportunity to give it a deep clean: soak the drawers in warm, soapy water, and wipe the walls thoroughly. Then, when you put it all back together, try putting an open baking soda box in the back of the fridge. It will ensure the interior smells fresh for longer.

Take measurements

Now we’re really getting into the organization weeds: it’s time to break out the tape measure! In order to make the best use of your fridge’s space, you need to know exactly how much you’re working with. Measure the width, height, and depth of your appliance, because that way you’ll know where you can or can’t put tall and/or wide items.