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How to Organize a Refrigerator

Chill out! Use these helpful tips to get your refrigerator organized.


  • Step 1: Remove nonperishable items Remove items that don't need refrigeration. Food items such as tomatoes, onions, and potatoes can be kept at room temperature.
  • Step 2: Group taller items together Group taller items toward the back so you can see the items in the front.
  • TIP: Stand all bottles upright to prevent spills.
  • Step 3: Keep meat on bottom Keep all meat in the bottom drawer. This will prevent cross-contamination through any drippings.
  • Step 4: Keep vegetables in crisper Keep all fruits and vegetables in the salad crisper.
  • Step 5: Store leftovers Store leftovers in airtight containers.
  • TIP: Label each container with a date.
  • Step 6: Store condiments Put items that will not spoil with changing temperatures, such as condiments, in the door compartment.
  • Step 7: Go through refrigerator Go through your refrigerator on a weekly basis. Throw away items that are past the due date. Enjoy the ease of an organized refrigerator.
  • FACT: A refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less to protect food from bacteria growth.

You Will Need

  • Organization
  • Airtight containers
  • Labels (optional)

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