If you live in a condo, then you know that fridge space is extremely limited. I used to live in a one bedroom condo in downtown Toronto with my finance. WE lived there for over two years and our condo fridge was TINY! We quickly learned how important it is to be tidy and organized if we wanted to accommodate a typical Sunday grocery haul. So I have compiled 5 easy ways to help you clean and organize your fridge!
Begin by removing everything from your fridge. Including fridge shelves and drawers. Organize your food on table based on where you want the item to go in your fridge (example: Condiments should stay together because I want them all easily accessible on the fridge door). Quickly wipe down the shelves and drawers with a damp cloth and some cleaning spray.
1. Invest in Tupperware
The number one tip I can give anyone who is looking to declutter and organize their fridge is to invest in great Tupperware. A couple of years ago I purchased Fridge Smart Tupperware containers from a friend at work. These containers keep your produce fresh for an extended period of time by providing fruits and vegetables with proper ventilation, based on how they breathe. It sounds crazy, but I swear these containers keep produce fresher, for longer. You simply adjust the ventilation based on the diagram with the slider located on the container lids.
So when I return from grocery shopping, the first thing I do is wash and cut the produce. We then put everything in these Tupperware containers and store it in the fridge. This keeps the fridge tidy and organized while also keeping your produce fresh! Plus, it’s so nice to have all the produce already washed and cut, which makes packing your lunches so easy! Just grab and go!
2. Check expiry dates on a weekly basis “when in doubt, throw it out!”
This is so important to do on a weekly basis. Quickly go through your fridge and throw out any items that have expired. Remember to check condiments too!
3. Use extra shelves or drawers to maximize fridge space
You can find a lot of inexpensive drawers and shelves that you can purchase and use in your fridge. These units can organize your fridge and maximize space.
4. Wipe down dirty items
Sometimes items can spill or explode out of their containers – I find this always seems to happen with ketchup bottles (am I right?). While you’re cleaning out the fridge, I would highly recommend taking a damp cloth and wiping down any messy bottles and/or lids. If you manage to do this on a regular basis, then you can be certain that your fridge will remain tidy and stick free.
5. Ask yourself: “When was the last time I ate this product?”
If you’re like me, you tend to hoard items. I have this massive jar of lupini beans that I refuse to get rid of because it’s still half full. If I have this jar in my fridge in the next 2 months then I need to toss it out! If I still haven’t finished the jar, then clearly I am not eating them. Time to throw it out or donate it and make room for food that I will actually eat. Don’t give up prime fridge real estate for a product that you never eat!
I hope this post has inspired you to roll up your sleeves and start decluttering your fridge!
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