Now that the holiday season is in full swing it’s time to get my new house up to snuff before the guests start arriving. I’m starting with the most basic of basics – the refrigerator.

Everyone has seen the famously organized refrigerators on MTV’s “Cribs.” Well, honestly, keeping a refrigerator organized is relatively simple. It will also save you time and money.

First I gathered my supplies…

Then I cleaned the whole inside with the glass cleaner. I threw out any food that was expired, spoiled, or food we bought but no one liked it. I used a grocery list to jot down items that need replaced. I ended up removing…

  • 8 fast food catsup packets
  • old apricot preserves
  • 5 cucumbers
  • 1 serving of orange juice
  • old ricotta cheese
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • applesauce jar with 1 serving left (my daughter had a yummy snack while I cleaned!)
  • large bag of kale

I began returning items to the top shelf first. The hubby’s beer stayed right where it was. :) I moved the lazy susan to the top shelf (because I’m short I can never see what’s in the back up top). This way I can just spin to see what’s hiding up there. This also left me with just enough room for one bottle of white wine. You never know when unexpected holiday guests may arrive — always be prepared.

I label everything. I probably over label, if that’s even a word (I even use stickers since my youngest child still cannot read.)

I also love the type of baking soda that hangs on the side of the refrigerator with a built in replacement indicator. They are more expensive than the plain box, but it frees up shelf space and eliminates any guessing as to when it was placed in the refrigerator. Because, somehow I always would forget to write the date on my baking soda box.The leftovers were labeled with contents and date prepared and then grouped in one area. This eliminates searching all the way to the back of the refrigerator looking for last night’s (hopefully not last week’s) pizza.

The fruit, veggie and pantry drawers were measured for grip liner. The liner keeps your food from rolling around when you open the drawer. It will also keep the fruit and veggies fresh longer, because it allows air to circulate underneath the produce.

Finally, the doors. I decant all liquids that I can. My pitchers fit better in the doors. I also try to save those rubber mesh sleeves to put around the glass containers. This eliminates the noise of them clanking together every time someone opens the door. I have children. Not always so gentle.

The finished product…

So do you like? Can you tell I was always obsessed withe seeing celeb refrigerator’s on MTV’s Cribs? Still miss that show. Anyway, do you have an organized refrigerator or one that needs a little help? Send me photos or questions. Let’s organize all our fridges this holiday season.

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4 Responses to “Cribs” Fridge for the Holidays

  1. Malory says:

    Cleaning the fridge is so relaxing to me! I always feel invigorated after.

  2. Christine says:

    I sooo agree. I don’t feel right if my fridge is messy. Do you have any suggestions? Always looking for easier ways to keep it together. Which reminds me, I need to move onto my freezer next.

  3. Wren says:

    You are pretty amazing at doing such a great organization job!… and you also remind me why I got rid of my fridge when we bought our new house in April 2010. :-)

    Yep, you read that right, I HAVE NO FRIDGE.

    Since we were just using it for beer and dairy, we didn’t like that we were wasting all of that energy just to run a 3/4 empty appliance, and we always wanted more freezer space (we buy meats and breads in bulk), so we got rid of the fridge and bought an energy efficient deep freezer instead.

    We use a cooler for the beer and dairy, kept cool by frozen water bottles (one door shelf of the freezer is for this), and we swap them out every 4-5 days (we have a 5 day cooler).

    This forces me to go to the grocery more when I want fresh veg and fruits, but they are always that, fresh, and not hiding in the recesses of a fridge rotting when I forget that I have them.

    Of course, if we had kids, I don’t think this would work! :-)

    • Penney Blakely says:

      Wren, that is so fantastic! I am completely jealous of your ability to live fridge-less! I’ve looked into an ambient air fridge for the winter for years (we live in Michigan), but there isn’t one commercially available and we just aren’t enough of do-it-yourself types to make one on our own. The cooler idea might actually make it plausible though! I’m so glad you posted this comment!

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