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July 20, 2021
Everything You Need To Properly Organize Your Fridge
In case those ASMR TikTok videos are inspiring you to get your life together, here’s how to do it.
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The four people in my household have drastically different dietary needs, and we all share a fridge. As such, the inside tends to turn into a disaster pretty frequently, with all of our different types of milk shoved into the one shelf that is tall enough to accommodate bottles and cartons. And don’t even get me started on the produce drawers.

At the same time, all that ever seems to pop up on my TikTok For You Page are fridge and home restocking videos, where people use their fridge not only as an appliance to store their perishables items but as a testament to their extreme tidying skills. It’s a type of capitalist ASMR, where the sound of bottles clinking together on fridge shelves sends tingles down my spine. Of course, what’s great for viral content isn’t always practical in everyday use (no one needs a giant plastic container for 100 cheese sticks that are also wrapped in...plastic), so I set out to find the best fridge organizers and food containers. My fridge may not go viral on your FYP just yet, but these items have helped me keep stuff easily identifiable and fresh for longer, which is what truly matters. Read on to see what’ll help your fridge look like a stock photo, rather than an explosion of condiment and leftovers.

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Give Yourself A Clean Slate

Before you start throwing all your stuff into storage bins and containers, you’ll want to clean up whatever messes are already in your fridge. I like using Lysol wipes for getting into nooks and crannies of shelves and to dissolve stuck-on messes.

Get Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon And Lime Blossom, 240 Count ($9)→

Keep Your Leafy Greens Fresh For Longer

These storage bags are a game changer when it comes to extending the life of your refrigerated veggies and leafy greens. A favorite among CSA and farmer’s market enthusiasts alike, they have a moist but not fully wet environment in the bags, which is ideal for fresh herbs, lettuce, kale, and more. Your produce stay fresher for longer, so you can reduce plastic waste and save your groceries from a soggy, rotten fate.

Get Vejibag ($40 - $66)→

Prep A Week's Lunches

These dishwasher and microwave safe glass prep bowls can hold anything from grain salads, stews, or portions of pasta that you can easily take to work. The pop top lids are also a breeze to seal and shut, and the clear glass bowls make it easy to identify your dishes.

Get Eats™ 4-Piece Glass Prep Bowl Set ($28)→

Keep Condiments Contained

It may seem counterintuitive, but clear plastic bins can help you save space in your fridge and keep everything neat. Organize each one by food or condiment type, and pull out the entire tray when you can’t decide whether your sandwich needs a dash of hot sauce or a thin layer of mayo. These trays have a front-facing lip so they’re easy to slide out with just one hand.

Get iDesign Linus Deep Fridge Bins ($13 - $16)→

Keep Your Wine Chilled With Minimal Space

If your fridge doesn’t have a ton of vertical space, it can be annoying to stash bottles on their side. Pulling one out can result in a house of cards-like demolition, so prevent that with this wine holder that’ll let you stack everything neatly.

Get iDesign Linus Fridge Bins Wine Holder ($10)→

Storage Bags You Can Also Pack Wtih You

Clear bags like this Porter set allow you to see when ingredients are on their last legs, so you can throw them into a quick stew or freeze them before they go bad. I also like to use them to prep lunches and snacks like cut up veggies.

Get Porter Bags - Flat Bundle ($40)→

A Ceramic Vessel For Summer Berries

You know those plastic clamshells that most berries and other small fruit are packaged in at the grocery store? I hate them with a passion. They can be hard to recycle, and berries often do better in larger containers that don’t crush the fruit. Instead of rinsing your fruit as you consume them, it’s best to give them a quick vinegar wash right when you get home. Then store them in a colander with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. I like this one from Marie Kondo’s line of organizational goods, which has a drip tray that’ll help the shelves of your fridge stay clean.

Get Marie Kondo Ceramic Berry Colander ($13)→

Separate Meat From Other Ingredients

It’s always baffled me that many home cooks avoid cross contamination between uncooked meat and other ingredients everywhere except their fridge. I typically use a sheet tray or a plastic bin underneath sealed packages of meat or containers of marinating chicken. If there are any leaks, the bin will prevent any liquids from dripping onto your other ingredients.

Get Rubbermaid Square Food Storage Container For Kitchen/Sous Vide/Food Prep, 4 Quart ($9)→

A Set of Chic Labels To Easily Find Your Favorite Ingredients

If you’ve ever stumbled upon fridge stocking tiktok, you’ve probably seen a variation of these simple labels that can be slapped on just about any kind of food container. The clean, modern look of this label set is easy to read and minimally cheugy, so you find what you need without having to squint at a less legible font.

Get Marie Kondo Fridge & Freezer Labels, 48-pack ($8)→

Or The Food Industry Solution

While a little less aesthetically pleasing than a permanent label, painters tape is what’s used in most professional kitchens to label and date everything from dry ingredients to sauces and cooked foods. This method also gives you more flexibility if you want to use the same quart container for stock one week, and cooked rice the next.

Get ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape, 3-pack ($11)→

If You Really Like Eggs

I tend to gravitate toward practical food storage in my fridge, but I’m willing to make an exception for one of my most used-ingredients: eggs. This stunning egg board can display up to 12 fresh, hardboiled, or deviled eggs, and has a large handle. Plus, nothing says you love eggs like dedicating an entire custom tray to them.

Get Farmhouse Pottery Araucana Egg Board ($85)→

And A Versatile Set Of Clear Containers

I love the look and feel of glass food containers for storing leftovers or prepped meals, but they can be pretty heavy and put undue strain on your fridge’s shelves. I’ve switched to these clear containers that have water-tight lids and can easily stack for Pinterest-worthy fridge organization.

Get Rubbermaid® Brilliance 22-piece Food Storage Container Set ($42)→

Keep Your Fridge Smelling Fresh

Once your fridge is all set up to be clean and organized, you’ll want to ensure it stays that way for as long as possible. This air purifying bag will help keep everything smelling fresh by absorbing excess moisture, odors, and bacteria.

Get Moso Air Purifying Bag ($8)→

Stand Up Your Leftovers For Easy-To See Storage

This set comes with two reusable food bags that have a wider base, which help the bag stand up freely inside your fridge or on a counter. It’s a small detail but it’ll let you create neat rows of ingredients for a better organized shelf. For smaller snacks or bunches of herbs, the traditionally shaped bags in this set can easily slide into your fridge door.

Get Porter Bags - Starter Pack ($70)→

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Jars

Glass storage jars are also a great way to pack in a ton of food into your fridge. These, with their rustic, cottagecare look can actually be used for canning vegetables from your garden, if you want to go that route.

Get Kilner Tall Storage Jars, Set of 12 ($128)→

Stack Up Your Drinks

The most common denominator among fridge restock TikTok is this can organizer. It essentially works the same as the cardboard box that most canned soda and beer are sold in, but it’s clear plastic and can be refilled with a variety of beverages.

Get Refrigerator Organizer Bins, 4-pack ($26)→

If You Want Everything To Match

If you’re looking to do a hard reset on all your fridge organization and food storage, Porter’s 8-piece fridge bundle comes with just about everything you need. The set comes with the brand’s reusable silicone bags, which can be used for organizing herbs or packing midday snacks, as well as their most popular glass and silicone food containers. Everything in the set is dishwasher safe too, so clean up can be done in a snap.

Get Porter 8-Piece Fridge Bundle ($130)→

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