Our refrigerators are often the last place that we organize, but they’re some of the most highly used spaces we have in our households. That’s why we’re taking some time today to talk about refrigerator organization, as posted by your local maids here at Maxi Maids.
Place Dates on Your Perishables
If you’re sick of losing your perishable foods, be sure to keep the dates visible! While it’s usually easy to take a quick look at the date on that gallon of milk you have in the fridge, you can’t check the date on the Italian food that you bought a couple of days ago. So toss your leftovers in a plastic container, and throw a date on the lid (a wet-erase marker works well!). You can do the same with most baggies too!
Designate Your High-Traffic Shelves
I strive to keep my highest-traffic shelves accessible. Set aside a shelf or two to keep your favorite foods, as well as those leftovers that only end up in the fridge for a handful of hours. That jar of capers that you use once per month… that can be kept on the bottom shelf of the door.
Invest in Uniform Containers
If you have a mismatched set of containers, you’re probably wasting some fridge space. Invest in a set of plasticware and a set of glassware containers. I prefer the clearest kind of containers, so that you can tell what food is in the container without cracking the lid.
If you think about it, you can bring fridge measurements with you to the store when you’re investing in your next set of containers.
Keep It Cool (Or Don’t)
Remember, you don’t have to put everything in the fridge! In fact, there are numerous foods that you shouldn’t keep cold. This article, 18 Surprising Foods You Don’t Have to Keep in The Fridge from Eat This, Not That, points out that some food keeps better at room temperature. Here’s a summary of their list of foods to keep out of the fridge:
- Citrus Fruit
- Hot Sauce
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
- Stone Fruit (Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, & Plums)
- Bell Peppers & Hot Peppers
- Tropical Fruit (Kiwis, Mangos, & Pineapples)
- Soy Sauce
Keep Dairy Cold & Consistent
While there are foods that just waste space in your fridge, there are other foods that should be kept quite cold. Keep your dairy products in the coldest portion of your fridge (it’s usually the back towards the bottom). Don’t put your dairy products (milk, yogurt, and cheeses) on the door of your fridge; they’ll be more likely to spoil.
Why Keep It Clean?
While it’s nice (and appetizing) to gaze into a clean fridge, it’s also crucial to keep the surfaces of your fridge clean in order to keep food from spoiling quickly. Airborne bacteria can find its way to your food, where it’ll make itself at home.
Well, those are our tips for the day! We hope you make the most of your fridge space! As always, count on us for more cleaning and organizing tips; after all, we’re your Springfield source for maid services and professional organizing!