My refrigerator has been a cause of frustration recently, and when Shauna shared about organizing her refrigerator last week, I knew it was time to do something about it. I decided that Saturday would be my day for cleaning the refrigerator.
There were two problem areas for me, and when I read Shauna’s post, I knew what the solution would be.
First, my large drawers are actually pretty small. I have one for vegetables, but it is a very inadequate space for holding the amount of vegetables I buy. The result is that I have a drawer full of veggies that is difficult to open because it’s over stuffed, and the excess vegetables end up stuck all over the refrigerator wherever I can find a place for them.
Trust me, this frig was much messier than it looks. There were all kinds of things stuck in all kinds of places that you can’t see here.
My second problem is that meat is usually put on the bottom shelf which happens to be the top of the drawers. Occasionally, a package of meat leaks. I hate when that happens! If the eat is not in bag (sometimes even if it is) or on a plate, the meat juice runs all over, gets under the glass, and sometimes ruins other food, such as vegetables, that are nearby.
Here’s how Shauna inspired me. She puts her meat in a drawer. I do put cooked meats such as hot dogs or lunch meat in a drawer, but I needed more space for a BJ’s size pack of chicken, a whole chicken, or a roast.
So, on Saturday I got busy cleaning the refrigerator and emptied it’s contents, cleaned all the shelves, and reorganized it. The rest of the frig was generally organized, but things always need to be redone periodically.
I used one drawer for meat. My drawers also have a little pop out part on the front of them. I used that part of the meat drawer for small veggies like a bag of baby carrots. The two shelves above that drawer are for vegetables only.
So far it’s working. I added one box on the bottom shelf to hold small veggies. They are rather piled on the shelf, but as the food gets used it looks like less of a mess.
Remember, I have a husband and three boys who are 21, 19, and 16. We go through a lot of food. My fridge looks nothing like Shauna’s neat and tidy frig, but it works for me.
What’s your favorite refrigerator organization tip?