There seems to be a rule that no matter how big your fridge is, you’re always one shelf short. But people with small fridges are particularly familiar with this struggle. Getting everything you need to be stored and organized can be very difficult, especially if you are refrigerating a week’s worth of food. If your fridge is completely disorganized, you’ll have trouble both storing new food and finding the items you need when you need them.
We spoke to the home appliance experts at Lars Appliance Showroom to come up with this list of tips to help you make the most out of your small fridge.
Add An Additional Shelf:
Storing tall items horizontally can free up some additional space you can use to install an additional shelf in your fridge. For most people, this will provide enough space to fit in everything they need. A new shelf you can fill with food and groceries will certainly make a huge impact, particularly in a small fridge.
Use Storage Bins:
Not only can storage bins save up a lot of space in your fridge, but they will also help you stay better organized. Opt-in for storage bins with handles. If you need to take an item out of the fridge, you can easily take out the bin you need without having to take out everything else first. Storage bins are even more space-saving than most original food packages. Unless the package is protecting the content from going bad (i.e. canned food), you can move the food to a storage bin instead.
Best used when paired with storage containers, label makers can make all the difference in how you organize your fridge. While it might seem like a tedious task, labeling each item will help you store it in the designated location and will help with the clutter. Finally, you will easily be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
Use Cardboard Containers:
Do you throw out the cardboard 6-pack after you’ve drunk all the beers that came in it? If you are like most Americans, you likely do. But consider reusing the six-pack as it can be very helpful in organizing other types of containers such as condiments, jars, bottles, and others. Fill out the compartments and store them in the fridge for more space and better organization.
Regularly Clean Your Fridge:
Make sure to check what’s in your fridge regularly, so you can use all the food that’s close to its expiration date first. While you are inspecting the contents, consider cleaning your fridge too. You can use a white vinegar and water solution (50/50) to keep it fresh and clean.
Upgrade Your Fridge:
If you are constantly struggling with fridge space or are catering to a large family, a larger fridge might be a smart investment. Consider how much food you waste that goes bad, passes expiration date or you throw away because you can’t store it and you’ll realize investing in a new fridge is not that bad of an idea. Chances are, your new fridge will be more energy efficient too, meaning you’ll also be saving on your energy bills.