Fridge Organization Tips

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Fridge Organization Tips

One area that is sometimes overlooked in kitchen organization is the inside of the refrigerator.  Your pantry and cabinets may be neatly organized, but a functional organization system in a fridge will help reduce spoiled food.  It will also make it easier to cook meals, and you will be able to make grocery lists more quickly.  The ability to know what needs to be bought at a glance will make your life simpler.

Fridge Organization Tips

Arrange Your Fridge by “Department”

Grocery stores have departments to make it easier to find items, and you should mimic this inside your fridge.  Designate sections of your fridge for dairy, vegetables, fruit, meats, condiments, bottled water, soda, juices, leftovers, deli meat, etc.

Adjust Your Shelves

Almost all fridges have adjustable shelves, so don’t hesitate to move shelving around based on your needs.  If you find you want or need more shelving, there are products such as shelf risers that can help.

Use Drawers & Sections as Intended

Most refrigerators already have drawers or sections set aside for storing eggs, vegetables and meats.  Use these drawers as intended, but make use of storage products to better contain these items.

Store Tall Items in the Door

Make use of the fridge door for storing tall items.  Most fridge doors have door pockets deep enough to hold 2 liter soda bottles.  Adjust your door pockets and fridge door shelving as needed.

Use Clear Bins to Contain Smaller Items

Linus Fridge Binz come in various sizes.  They are clear and perfect for storing items such as yogurt and condiments together by type.

Use Water Bottle & Soda Can Holders

Water bottle holders and soda can organizers are great products to save space inside the fridge.

Choose Stackable Containers for Leftovers

There are many different types of containers from disposable to plastic to glass available to hold leftovers. Choose whatever type you like, but get a matching stackable set so you can easily fit more in your fridge.

Label Leftovers

Labeling leftovers, containers, and even fridge shelves will make it easier for everyone in your home to find items and put them away.   Erasable food labels  or freezer label stickers make labeling leftovers simple.  You can label ziplock bags using a sharpie marker.  The date is the most important detail to put on leftovers, but you may also want to put a more detailed description or indicate who the food belongs to, such as “John’s lunch”.

Check the Fridge Before Grocery Shopping

Before a grocery shopping trip, always check your fridge for the freshness of items, clear out spoiled food, and make space for the new groceries.

Create a Fridge Cleaning Schedule

Routinely clear out your fridge, ideally weekly or before each grocery shopping trip.  Give your fridge interior a thorough wipe down and cleaning at least once every 3 months. Put fridge cleaning on your schedule, so you won’t forget.

By | 2017-08-29T08:42:41+00:00 September 27th, 2017|groceries, kitchen, Meal Planning, refrigerator|0 Comments

How Getting Organized Can Cut Down on Chore Time

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How Getting Organized Can Cut Down on Chore Time

Saving time is one of the greatest benefits of getting organized.  Household chores particularly take up a lot of free time.  Here are some ways getting organized can cut down on chore time.

Doing Laundry

To save time doing laundry, put all dirty socks in a mesh lingerie wash bag before washing.  All socks will remain together and you will save time searching for socks during the folding process.

By having multiple laundry baskets sorted by lights and darks or by family member, it will be quicker to wash and put away laundry.

Organizing dressers and closets and creating a place for all clothing will make it much easier to put away clothes.

Organizing linen closets allows you to make beds, set out towels and put away linens faster.

Cooking & Meal Preparation

An organized pantry and fridge saves you time when searching for ingredients while cooking meals or packing lunches.

Grocery Shopping

An organized kitchen makes it simpler to make a grocery list, shop and unload groceries.

Washing Dishes

One way to save time unloading the dishwasher is to adjust the location of frequently washed items.  If you place the cups, glasses, plates, bowls and utensils that are used daily in the drawers and cabinets closest to your dishwasher, you will reduce the number of steps needed to unload the dishwasher, saving you time.

Cleaning Kitchens

Placing cleaning caddies under the sink or in a broom closet will help you to contain and find all cleaning supplies, saving you time.

Cleaning Bathrooms

Storing bathroom cleaning supplies in another organized cleaning caddy saves time searching for the right supplies.  Using trays on the bathroom counter can save time when you need to clear the counters for cleaning.

Picking up Toys

Setting up organized playrooms and with labeled containers and a home for each toy makes toy clean-up quicker and easier for children.

Car Washing

Having car washing supplies organized in your garage makes the car washing process run smoothly.

Doing Yard Work

Organized yard tools and garden tools allow you to promptly find what you need to get the yard work done quickly.

10 Meal Planning Tips to Save Time and Money

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10 Meal Planning Tips to Save Time & Money

Organized meal planning can help you in many ways.  You can save time and money by making fewer trips to the grocery store, and being able to easily access your recipes and ingredients.  Dinner time is a particularly hectic time for most families. These tips and resources can help you streamline your meal planning process.

Organize Recipes

Declutter old cookbooks and recipes you dislike. Gather recipes in an organized way using a recipe rolodex, binders, folders or flagged cookbook pages.  If you prefer digital recipes, scan your favorites, or set up organized digital folders or online bookmarks.

Use Digital Recipe Apps

All Recipes

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Designate a Recipe Area

Create just one area to go to when you need a recipe.  This can be in your kitchen, dining room, somewhere near the kitchen, or on your laptop or tablet.

Involve Your Family in Meal Planning  

If you feel overwhelmed, you can delegate a part of meal planning to another family member as a chore.  Some chores that children can help with are selecting recipes, searching the kitchen for ingredients, writing the grocery list, gathering coupons, checking the weekly grocery sales, assisting you with grocery shopping, or unloading the groceries.  If you give other family members ownership in these activities, it can help build teamwork skills.

Use a Shared Calendar 

Use a shared family wall calendar or a shared online calendar.  This will help track your family’s schedule around dinner time to determine if there will be time to cook and eat a full meal.  Knowing your family’s schedule can help you plan for days when you need to eat on the go, have a crockpot meal ready, or eat leftovers.   Choosing nights for dinner out can also be a part of your meal planning.

Take an Inventory of Ingredients

Once meals are chosen, check your kitchen for the ingredient and add anything you do not have to your grocery list.

Monitor Grocery Store Sales

For more savings, plan your meals while looking at the current week’s grocery sales.  Choose meals containing ingredients that are on sale that week.

Make a Grocery List

Have notepad or a dry erase board on the fridge or wall so you can easily add items to the grocery list.

Collect Paper Coupons

Clip coupons from your Sunday paper, and use a coupon organizer or a 3-ring binder with baseball card holder insert pages to organize your paper coupons.

Use Apps & Websites to Help with Grocery Shopping & Coupons

Apps such as Grocery IQ can help with your shopping, and websites such as or can provide you with printable coupons or details on grocery store discounts.