7 Steps to an Organized Fridge

Ok, so there is something you should know about me and home organizing. I love to be organized. Unfortunately, I’m bad at it. Ask Steve. He will be happy to tell you all day long, no doubt. I’m that bad. Luckily, there are some amazing bloggers who are good at it, so those of us who were not born with the organizing gene and are still in training can try to get it together. I actually think getting your kitchen organized might be more important than any other room. After all, we spend a lot of time there, and otherwise boring chores could be made into enjoyable activities if we aren’t stumbling over clutter and searching for the lemon juice. So after researching through the blogosphere, I can share with you these 7 steps to an organized fridge, so that at least one part of our homes can operate like a finely tuned machine.



7 Steps to an Organized Fridge


7 Step to an Organized Fridge


First things first… if you are wanting an organized refrigerator, chances are it has a clutter problem right now. Use these tips from ‘All You‘ to cut the fridge clutter! And be serious about it… let’s face it, no one is ever gonna use that outdated salad dressing you brought home from your vacation three years ago.



Visit ‘A Bowl Full of Lemons‘ to find out how to get these great fridge shelf liners. These would be perfect for catching those inevitable juice spills and jelly smears. Anyone else wonder how jelly gets out of the jar, inside the fridge?



Jessica from ‘Four Generations, One Roof‘ recommends using containers for everything in there organized fridge. Look how perfect hers looks! I think it would be even easier to organize this way, because you actually have a certain place for a certain thing. I really love how the kids’ snacks are at their eye level… Genius! Also, again another great soda rack / organizer.



Ginny at ‘Organizing Home Life‘ has the exact same theory… find out how to use bins for an organized fridge at her post, where she shares what has worked for her. The labels are important, I think. Otherwise you will be the only one putting anything where it belongs!

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge


From ‘Martha‘, you have to have a lazy Susan in your fridge. Take all those condiments out of the door and put them on the turntable, then move all those bulky juice containers to the door. Voila! Organized refrigerator!

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge


Create a snack zone, to keep the kids from tearing apart your nicely organized fridge each day! ‘Stockpiling Moms‘ created this zone by labeling it for the kids. Great way to keep your Costco buys from disappearing overnight!



Little Penelope Lane‘ has the same idea in creating a snack zone, combined with using the plastic bins. Love these healthy snacks!



Here is a bin system from ‘Crate and Barrel‘. Notice the soda bin in this organized refrigerator.

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge

Pretty easy to get an organized fridge, eh? Ok, off to the store for some plastic bins… and maybe some trash bags. Last time I cleaned out my freezer there was a tenderloin from 4 years ago! True story! Hope you enjoyed these refrigerator organization ideas. Check out our post on small kitchen organizing ideas. You also might like 10 Ways to an Organized Pantry! Then pop one over to our post 50 Organizing Ideas for Your Home and Dollar Tree Organization Ideas & Hacks over at TBD!


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Doak Turner
    September 24, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    thank you as this inspires me to get better organized, looking for better ways as side by side refridgerators do not store much food

    • Kathy Bates
      May 5, 2021 / 10:13 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

    March 8, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    what to do with left overs im tring to get some ideas here ,,, there are a lot of people f for one fridge and no one manages anything thanks for sharing and keep the ideas coming maybe one day ill be able to try alllll of them paula

  3. Gloria Mackoy
    January 29, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Very inspiring! Will apply someof your ideas.
    FYI… I noticed honey in the fridge door…as a former beekeeper, never store it in fridge. It will crystallize. Of course carefully heating will dissolve them. Remember, honey found in pyramids was still good!

  4. Canan
    January 12, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I can hardly see any vegetables or fruit. is it me or does it contain mostly processed Stuff in neat sqaure packaging.

  5. Margo
    January 1, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Some of he comments were unfair. I see leftovers, fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s all there. Never thought of it myself, but great idea to put jars in bins. How many times has something gotten pushed back and spilled all over!

  6. JunkYard Queen
    August 30, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Great information! Can’t wait to try some of these ideas in my house. These also look great to try in the camper.

  7. SopSarah
    July 14, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I love the lazy susan idea! I’ll be trying that out today.

  8. Amir
    June 12, 2016 / 6:18 am

    My soda 1.5 l bottles keep falling off the door shelf. Any ideas on prventing their suicidal behaviour?

    • Kathy Woodard
      June 23, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Anyone have an idea?

    • marian cronin
      July 21, 2019 / 3:03 am

      try to get stick on hooks. string elastic or strong cord about 4 inches above shelf. this should hold bottles in place.

  9. jay
    June 9, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Where did you get those clear plastic tray/drawers in the photos. They seem the perfect size for whatever you had in them.

    • Kathy Woodard
      June 23, 2016 / 8:49 am

      Im sorry, its not our project, so we don’t have the buying info… Sorry we couldn’t be more help!

  10. Kathy
    May 26, 2016 / 9:24 am

    And let’s not even mention the $$ in berries that go to waste!

  11. Kathy
    May 26, 2016 / 9:23 am

    I LOVE the Snack bin idea. Too many times my yogurt gets pushed to the back, never to be seen (or thought of) again. And as I was just doing my meal plans yesterday, what a great idea (duh) to plan the snacks (and portions) ahead, then to even have a place (LABELED) for them to go! I am too frequently caught without decent snacks, so I overeat and/or head for the chocolate. Thanks for the ideas. 🙂

  12. Debbie Mock
    April 11, 2016 / 11:50 am

    I think a lot of the negative comments comments come from people who don’t like change. I found this article fascinating and I am a family of two – myself and my chihuahua, Toby. To complain about nothing was shown where the leftovers would go is ridiculous. We all have brains but this goes to show you we don’t all use them. You can move the containers any way you want to accommodate a temporary issue. This works for holidays and special occasions also. It is your refrigerator. You can do what you want with it. The refrigerator police are not going to come and arrest you if a bin is out of order. (You may receive a citation. Ha Ha!) So lighten up! It is just refrigerator reorganization. I liked it. I just moved into a new apartment and I plan on using this technique. Thank you for sharing.

    • Julie
      January 25, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Haha! This was my favorite rhetort! Couldn’t agree with you more. Everything you said was perfect!!

  13. Mandy
    March 18, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This is one of my favorite articles yet. Thanks for the great ideas.

  14. Carole
    February 18, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I think that all the pics should be taken as suggestions. Just a way to get you thinking about your own fridge and inspire you to utilize your space to its fullest.

  15. Theresa
    February 4, 2016 / 12:16 am

    It’s easy to organize boxes . Organizing real food is a bit more difficult. Real food does not have a expiration date stamped on it

    • Deborah Jordan
      February 14, 2016 / 5:52 am

      So true Theresa

  16. January 24, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Great post! I teach these concepts all the time as an independent organizing consultant with Clever Container. In fact, our current catalog has an opened fridge on the front showing what a huge difference our bins make. It is so nice that to see this concept reinforced in print. I love how you cited many different resources that recommend the same solution to fridge clutter! Thank you!!

  17. Troobeesez
    January 9, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I got a chuckle out of that “HELP FOR HOARDERS” advert right near the top of the article!
    Innerwebs, you know me so well…

  18. Suzanne Holt
    January 7, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    These fridges look amazing. Betting my kids would not get used to this method, and the systems might disable rather than enable. I do like the idea though …

  19. Karen
    November 20, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Looks, clean and well organized, BUT not practical, and in my home would not stay this way and I don;t have any small children living at home, I would be very upset if it got out of order after buying all the plastic containers (that aren’t all that cheap) and spent that time that it must take placing all items in them. Like it was said in previous posts, where do you place the leftovers or the food that you prepare for the meals. Better yet, what about those Holiday Meals with family and friends, where do you store those? This organization might be put to better use for an extra fridge in the garage when you refrigerate and freeze the things that you buy in bulk.

    • vorchid
      March 16, 2016 / 1:50 am

      No need to buy containers, just use what you have.
      I have loads of takeaway containers or tupperware and ones with
      no lids, icecream buckets etc all work

  20. Sara
    November 8, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Goodness. All of these Negative Nancy’s…
    I thought the organizing tips were very handy and quite useful. And while the actual food products were not even a point in this piece…I found the snack choices to be very realistic and healthy. Im glad to know I’m not the only one to feed my Children “poisonous snacks” like carrots with humus and yogurt. Not all of us restrict our kids to eating only homegrown organic spinach sprouting from our kitchen windowsills.
    Great article!! Lots of useful tips!! Thank you!!

    • Troobeesez
      January 9, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Plus, this article conveniently gathers together LINKS to the bloggers whose fridges those photos are of! Click on the links and go THERE to gripe about someone’s food choices!

      This week someone quoted Roseanne Barr having said something about, “At the end of the day, if everyone’s asleep in their own bed, and there’s no internal bleeding, I’ve done my job.”
      I say, if a kid happens to get a little sugar in his yogurt squeeze, he might actually be SWEETER tomorrow! LOL. (and keep in mind, plenty of kids eat better/more if there is a fun factor once in a while, like squeezing a single portion of yogurt. We’d all probably be happier if everyone would lighten up. A lot.)

      • Kathy Woodard
        February 4, 2016 / 4:55 pm


  21. Judith
    September 11, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    My thoughts exactly. Lots of grab and go items but where
    are the leftovers, the meats marinating before dinner or
    salads just waiting to be served? No kids at home anymore so
    most of those items would go to waste but while raising my eight
    kids most foods they ate were prepared by me most grab n go items
    were limited to some freezer items. So costly to buy separately.
    But the Fridge looked wonderful you did a great job.

    • Dee
      October 17, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      I totally agree. I would like to see how to store an abundance of fresh food and homemade leftovers. However, these packaged goods are organized beautifully, I will admit. It just wouldn’t work for my family.

  22. Juno
    September 5, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Whoa, first step with that fridge is to get rid of all the processed foodstuffs! Soda? Philadelphia Cream Rubber? Chobani sugary “yogurt”? Those pudding-y things? Processed meats? Yikes! If all that stuff went, then there would be plenty of room for fresh fruit and veggies and leftovers from homemade meals. Stored in glass please, to avoid toxins from plastic containers. Everything here is either factory-wrapped “food products” or put in plastic containers. Either way, not healthy at all.

    • September 29, 2015 / 11:30 am

      Two thumbs-up to you, Juno!!!!

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      I was thinking the same thing – not a very healthy fridge selection. It may also be easier to stack up pre-packaged food items as they are all the same size, etc.
      I store a lot of our leftovers in mason jars in the fridge, keep everything in baskets (jams and jellies in one basket, milk products like yogurt and cream cheese in the other)… it works pretty well. Definitely makes it easier to find things.

    • Lapimienta
      November 18, 2015 / 5:39 am

      Oh please! Quit w/the criticism about unhealthy food in someone’s fridge! Not your business and NOT what this blog/website was about! It’s about organizing your fridge…..YOUR fridge, not someone else’s. If you want to get rid of all the processed/toxic/plastic wrapped stuff from your fridge, go right ahead. But you can still use the organizing ideas above to organize your healthy, glass only fridge. BTW, is your entire fridge made of glass? What about the fridge itself or the bins that came w/it? Did you replace those? Just asking…..but it’s none of my business, is it? So stay out of other people’s fridge!

      • Kelly S
        February 26, 2016 / 7:18 pm

        Hahaha, well said

      • Nicole
        April 25, 2016 / 1:55 pm

        True story! #thankyou
        Crazy people.. So rude ..
        Post is about ORGANIZATION, not health food!

      • Carol
        June 11, 2016 / 8:55 pm

        Exactly it’s about organizing your frig, period!

    • Davida
      December 10, 2015 / 11:54 am

      Judge much? This was a post about fridge organization, not about judging each other’s food choices. Some people drink soda. Or seltzer water. Some people eat Chobani yogurt.

      If you went at the judging from a cost basis, you could criticize the individually portioned foods (granola bars, cheese sticks, applesauce pouches) which, while more expensive, may reduce waste and save time or sanity.

      Leave your judgment at the door and look at the tips for organizing.

    • Sondra O'Canna
      January 16, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      I agree. In my research, I see many “organized” frigs with no real food.

    • bree
      March 7, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Juno, mind your own.

  23. Jan s.
    July 28, 2015 / 11:44 am

    This looks so clean and wonderful. However, I don’t see any leftovers. I cook every meal, and we have leftovers always. I put them in many of the same size containers and stack them on top of each other.

    • Kim
      August 14, 2015 / 6:37 am

      YES!!!I was thinking the same thing! Would love suggestions as to how to store those pesky leftovers! 😀

      • Laure
        December 15, 2018 / 3:40 pm

        I really like the anchor hocking glass storage pieces with sturdy silicone lids and different sizes of mason jars, and create portions out of leftovers for upcoming meals, sometimes freezing them. I haven’t yet tried salad-in-a-jar, but it’s on my list. I designate shelves for the dog, defrosting, eggs, prepared items, water bottles I refill myself (glass), and change the shelf labels as life changes. I have some of those clear plastic organizers that go in and out of use, ditto. But I really enjoy having a organized fridge, and love how easy it is to keep it clean because of containers.

    • February 3, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      It’s true, we almost always forget about the leftovers when organizing our refrigerator. My advice would be to designate an area in your fridge for leftovers only, preferably on top or eye level, and leave this area empty so that you can easily place leftovers there when needed.

    • Galina Galanos
      August 10, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      While leftovers are a rarity in our house, I use to double or triple my family’s favorite meals to reheat when I have no time to cook, or visitors arrive unexpectedly. I’ve solved the food storage problems by buying square and rectangular airtight containers only, and an assortment of resealable plastic bags. Square and rectangular containers, which I use mostly for solid foods, may be stacked to use space more efficiently, and resealable bags serve many different purposes: keep small/single portions of items used sparingly, flat-freeze meat patties, steaks, fish fillets, stock/broth/sauces, and anything I’ll wish to defrost in a snap, or be able to use part of it, without defrosting it all. I use masking tape and a marker to label and date everything that goes into the fridge/freezer; and flat-frozen items are stored vertically in the freezer, both to save space and to find them easily.

  24. July 13, 2015 / 6:12 am

    thank you for you sharing….

  25. Sarah Fields-Boyd
    April 2, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Your blog makes me happy and hopeful! I love your writing style, and I can’t get enough of your ideas. Thank you for working hard to get information to the common, unorganized, non-do it yourself ear. I still have a chance! 🙂 the fridge liners will make my fridge smile, and those containers – wow! Back inside to get started!

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