The art of an organized refrigerator

Dec. 1, 2017

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Instead of reaching over cumbersome cans every time you want to use the ketchup bottle, organize your fridge the right way for easy access to everything.

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If you're emptying the entire thing in one sitting, toss expired items, never-used condiments and mystery items. Give the shelves a good wipe-down.

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Since the temperature in the door shelves tends to be slightly warmer, reserve this space for items that can handle the heat, like condiments and juice.

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The top shelves are a good place for items that don't need to be cooked. Leftovers, ready-to-eat foods and drinks should go here.

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The more-southern shelves hold the coldest temps, making them ideal for uncooked meats, raw eggs and milk.

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Consider investing in a clear plastic bin for meat to catch any spillage.

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If your fridge is equipped with two bottom drawers, store raw meats in one and fruit and veggies in the other (sometimes, this one will say "crisper").

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If one drawer is above the other, use the lowest drawer for meat. (If they're side-by-side, either drawer would be fine.)

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And not everything edible belongs in the fridge. These foods thrive at room temperature.

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