How to Organise the Fridge and Keep it Tidy

This post is sponsored by Avery Products

Earlier this year I purchased a new french door refrigerator with a freezer drawer.  We used to have a side by side fridge/freezer which I found was comfortable to reach everything and the shelves were not too deep which made it easy to organise the fridge and keep it tidy. However, with the new fridge I struggle to reach the top shelf and would have no hope in being able to grab what is at the back of the top shelf, yes I am that short LOL.  So, I created a solution initially to help me reach the items at the back of the top shelf, but I liked it so much I implemented the idea on the other shelves as it is keeping our fridge very organised and tidy.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

How to Organise the Fridge and Keep it Tidy

The key to organisation in any area of the home is:

  • labels
  • good storage containers

Labelling has many benefits, you know where to find things, you know where to put things back and makes it easier for other members of the household to find the items.  It simply keeps things organised and tidy.

Organising the fridge may sound OTT, but it has its benefits. Initially, I just started using the one tub (for yoghurts) at the top of the fridge so I can pull it out and grab what I needed easily.  I could see that the kids could always find where the yoghurt was and they put it back in the right place, which meant the fridge door wasn’t open for any longer than it needed to be. Soon I found other items were getting lost in the fridge, cream in particular, so I decided to create tubs for other items in the fridge. And… as I do, I decided to organise the fridge as I would a cupboard and labelled my new tubs.

Having the fridge this organised takes it to a whole new level and I don’t think it’s over the top at all.  Food doesn’t spoil, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

Avery Kitchen & Pantry Labels

I used the printable A5 Avery Kitchen & Pantry Labels which come in a range of different shapes and have a variety of uses. They can be used in the office, craft room, garage, the shed, bedrooms, various areas of the kitchen, pantry being the obvious choice, labels can be used anywhere and everywhere for general storage and organisation, you’re only limited by your imagination.

Don’t be fooled by the packaging, with the canister with pretty tiffany blue labels. Inside you will find the labels are a blank, white, premium linen textured material that is water-resistant (suitable for the fridge!). The bonus of these labels is you can design them to suit your style, add whatever text you want and print them at home! But of course you can create the pretty canister labels pictured if you want, they have included the template for you.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

It is super easy to use and personalise, you don’t need to download any software.  These labels are available from Officeworks at very reasonable prices. They come in many different sizes and shapes so you can find one that suits your style and needs.

  1. Visit  www.averyproducts.com.au/print – you can design and print from your computer or use the app from iTunes or Google Play
  2. Enter your software code (found at the top right of the label cover, or on the upper part of the labels). This matches up the program to the labels you want to use.
  3. Choose a template – there is a variety of pre-designed or blank templates available.
  4. Edit the text – you have a few options, either all labels can be the same or each can have different text.  You can also remove the design from some of the labels you don’t want to print so you can use them at a later time.
  5. Print – a great feature is that they print to the edge of each label, giving it a high-quality finish.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I chose the edit on design screen to create the labels for my fridge.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

or if you choose Easy Edit Wizard option this enables you to add your own background image.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

The labels have permanent adhesive so you don’t have to worry about them falling off and they can stick to various surfaces.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

Organised Storage for the Fridge

I’m not going into detail about what are the best containers to store your food; this post is about how to keep all the contents of the fridge tidy and organised.  I have found the best way to do this is using plastic tubs. When looking for tubs I wanted something that was easy for me to grab with one hand and can simply wipe over and clean if anything does spill inside.

I have used the following tubs to organise the fridge:

This is a picture of my fridge mid week. After a weekly grocery shop, it may have a little more in it such as meats and more snack items.  I keep a vacant space on a shelf for the kids lunchboxes, as they are made the night before and I keep them in the fridge overnight.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

This is what I see when standing at the fridge, gives you an idea how short I am and how hard it would be to reach the back of the top shelf.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

These plastic drsawes have wheels which make them easy to pull out.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

Starting from the top of the fridge,  I keep yoghurts (plain for cereal, greek for cooking etc) up there with cartons of eggs, which I find easy to pull down from the top shelf.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I also make mason jar salads ahead of time for lunch during the week. I’ll share this greek salad mason jar salad recipe next week.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

On the 2nd shelf I store spreads (margarine, cream cheese, cottage cheese etc) and creams, which I do have a lot of as I cook with them often, I like that they are all stored together makes it easier to keep an eye on the used by date and use them up before they go off (vanilla custard is my go-to recipe for this).

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

Leftovers usually sit on the 2nd shelf, so the kids can quickly glance and see if there is anything there they can have it as an after school snack (if there isn’t enough for a full family meal).

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I like to keep meat on a plastic tray, or within the shopping plastic bag to prevent any meat juices from dripping throughout the fridge.  Now if anything has spilt, I can take out the plastic tray and give it a good wash in the sink with hot soapy water, better than removing the fridge shelf. Read more about how to clean the fridge here.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

On the bottom shelf, I have a tub of snacks for the kids, things that they can put into their lunchbox or snack on when they are home.  This week I have in the tub some healthy chocolate and coconut bliss balls, boiled eggs and yoghurt.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

As you know, I cut up fruits and vegetables. Having diced watermelon and washed grapes at easy reach makes for a healthy snack option and vegetables to make dinner prep so much quicker.  I used to use the square green containers (pictured with leftovers) but have started using the rectangular Tupperware containers again as they are a better size for this fridge, making it a better use of space.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I can’t fault the crisper in this fridge so I am happy to store my fruits, cheese and some vegetables in the drawers.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

In the bottom slide out drawer, I store berries, cold meat, herbs, homemade hummus dip and cheese that won’t fit in the drawer above.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

How funny… looking at this picture I can see we have a little-hidden shelf under the milk shelf, I had no idea!  I’m going to put the butter that I store up the top down the bottom so I can reach and easily see how much I have.  Like the cream, I keep a lot of butter on hand for cooking.  Jars of condiments, jams and milk, are all stored in the door of the fridge.

It looks like my fridge needs a good clean to remove the fingerprints, I didn’t see them when I was photographing the fridge.  I’ll share with you in the next few days my quick and easy way to clean stainless steel.
Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.In the other fridge door, I keep more condiments and always keep sunburn relief gel in the fridge as it’s soothing on the skin when cold.
Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I do love how tidy this fridge stays because of how organised it is by simply using some great priced tubs and fun labels. The kids no longer yell out ‘where’s the margarine?’ and having all the snacks together makes it quick and easy for packing school lunches.

I have quite a few of the Avery Kitchen & Pantry Labels left from this packet…. wondering what can I organise and label next?


What products do you lose in the fridge?

 


This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, ensure leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

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48 comments

Caroline June 2, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Wow! This looks so awesome, and – some would say – more importantly, it’s practical and functional too. My fridge is not even in the same realm as yours, but even my ugly hand-me-down would look organised and beautiful if I did this 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the good work 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 2, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Your very welcome Caroline, glad it has inspired you! Having it organised like this really does help eliminate wastage and makes it easier to work out what we need on shopping day.

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Helen June 2, 2016 - 10:00 AM

That looks beautiful Kat! Would you mind sharing a picture of your freezer? I need some freezer inspiration too 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 2, 2016 - 10:02 AM

Yes, I am working on this and hope to share in the coming weeks 🙂

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me June 2, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Wow this looks amazing! I wish I had a fridge at my height, I have freezer at top and it sucks as so hard to get things out of my fridge and gives me a sort world #firstworldproblem I know but still ! xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 2, 2016 - 10:42 AM

LOL we have the opposite issue Em, maybe thought this could work for you too, make it easier so you don’t have to bend over?

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Peta June 2, 2016 - 1:03 PM

I’m looking into a fridge upgrade – which fridge brand and model is this one?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 3, 2016 - 8:06 AM

It’s a LG 30L French Door Refrigerator with Slim In-Door Ice Maker http://www.lg.com/au/fridges/lg-GF-SL730SL – I’m not a fan of the freezer drawer, I would have preferred shelves, but I compromised as I wanted the features and space the fridge offered.

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Shannon June 2, 2016 - 4:41 PM

I love those Kmart tubs. Will have to invest in a few to tidy up our fridge. I use a lazy Susan for our condiments in the fridge, it’s on the top shelf (I’m short too) and makes it easy to find the ones I need.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 3, 2016 - 8:08 AM

they are brilliant and very inexpensive too!

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid June 2, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Those pull out trays are the business – we’ve got a few. I wish my fridge was that organised and I especially love the snack idea. Bring on the Greek mason jar salad recipe, that’s what I say!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 3, 2016 - 8:12 AM

These are the first time I’ve used them, I agree they are brilliant!

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Jessica June 3, 2020 - 11:00 PM

I’m curious about how to use the containers with the blue lids. I have some but don’t know how to use the white ‘buttons’ for ventilation. Which foods need ventilation? I can only think of mushrooms. (I mean I know ‘how’ just not for what)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 4, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Jessica this diagram might help: https://bit.ly/2XtFnBa 🙂 Kat x

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Janine Bone June 3, 2016 - 2:33 AM

I’m also interested in which fridge you’ve got, and does it have a plumbed in ice and water dispenser?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 3, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Yes it’s plumbed with water and ice. It’s a LG 30L French Door Refrigerator with Slim In-Door Ice Maker http://www.lg.com/au/fridges/lg-GF-SL730SL – I’m not a fan of the freezer drawer, I would have preferred shelves, but I compromised as I wanted the features and space the fridge offered.

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TARA June 3, 2016 - 11:56 AM

I thought your fridge looked familiar – I have the plumbed LG 3-Door French Door Refrigerator with Door-in-Door (or magic door as the kids call it). I love it. I’m not a fan of the pull out freezer at the bottom either but mine has two shelves in it (and I also have another separate freezer). Everyone in our house drinks more water now and with the magic door we keep the stuff we access most in here. I would definitely recommend this fridge 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:18 AM

that’s good to hear Tara, I found the door in door doors to be very heavy, do you find that?

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Penny June 3, 2016 - 6:54 AM

Love the labels Kat. My family all love sauce – but none like the same, so I put all my sauces in one of those tubs and then just put the whole tub on the table at dinner time. Same goes for our collection of salad dressings! Could you tell me where you got the gorgeous tea, coffee and sugar tins in one of your photos? They’re just what I’m looking for ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 3, 2016 - 8:16 AM

They are lovely and colourful aren’t they Penny, I purchased them from The Reject Shop a few months ago, I’m unsure if they still stock them. Perfect colours to make my scheme in my home!

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Penny June 7, 2016 - 5:55 AM

Thank you ?

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Teresa June 3, 2016 - 12:07 PM

This blog was posted at the exact right time! I am re arranging my fridge today! I bought some clear containers suitable for the fridge from the reject shop!
Thanks for this post!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:20 AM

Love how timing works so well sometimes. Can you share pictures of how it turned out Teresa, I would love to see.

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Sharon June 3, 2016 - 12:16 PM

I use the pull out containers for my fruit in the middle of the fridge because my kids don’t look in the drawers below, but thanks, now I have a couple more ideas to try. Thanks. I always keep a permanent marker in the kitchen and we write the day and date the packet/bottle (e.g. ham, cream, yogurt) was opened so we all know if it is safe to use. The kids do it automatically now.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:21 AM

Great idea with the marker pen Sharon, as your right some condiments are throw away after 7 days of opening, this is a great way to keep track of that.

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Shanna June 3, 2016 - 12:42 PM

When I worked at a popular fast food restaurant that almost all surfaces are stainless behind the counter they had us use soda water in a spray bottle and lintless paper towel to clean the stainless. It is great gets all the oil and fingerprints off and leaves it very shiny as long as you go with “grain” on the steel.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:22 AM

great tip Shanna, I have never heard of this one before, I might have to try it!

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Rhonda June 3, 2016 - 2:19 PM

We own a Bed and Breakfast so I have a couple of fridges to keep orderly – one in the kitchen and one in the dining room which guests access (as well as a bar fridge in every guestroom) I have to place everything in the same place every day so I can quickly glance and make a shopping list (I shop every day) Like another reader, i too date every carton, can or jar that is opened – especially all the milks (soy, almond, lite etc) One thing that is of concern is keeping dairy products on the door of a fridge – where the temperature is most variable. I go through several litres a day however I am aware that this is not the case in many households. Do you find that your milk and cream do not ‘keep’ as well when on the door instead of on a shelf?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:24 AM

sounds like you have many fridges there Rhonda and that’s a great idea to keep everything the same in all fridges, that would make it easier for you. I keep milk in the fridge door and creams in a container on a shelf. I have heard about this, I don’t have the room to put it on a fridge shelf, so need to put it in the door, however, we use milk up very quickly, so haven’t had any spoil.

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Clementine June 7, 2016 - 1:15 PM

So, random (and possibly weird) question, why not put you eggs in the egg tray in the door?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:35 AM

Great question Clementine! Our new fridge didn’t come with an egg tray. However, I do like to keep them in the carton so I check the used by date. I often have 2 cartons in the fridge, so it’s easier to know which eggs are the freshest.

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Clementine June 8, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Good to know! Thanks Katrina

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Angela January 28, 2017 - 10:35 PM

This is a long way down the track from when the article was posted, but have just read again in my saved posts as I am also going to be upgrading my old fridge this year and this has been handy to get another point of view on the frenchdoor fridge system. I also use a heap of plastic tubs for organising on my shelves , but mine were just large containers minus the lids and I’ve never bothered to label them. I will be labelling these and the new ones in my new fridge which will probably also be a french door. I’m not keen on the freezer drawers at the bottom and will keep looking for your article on how you managed to organise yours. They look like a huge waste of space from what I’ve seen and I can’t stand seeing space wasted. I also don’t keep my eggs in the tray on the door and wouldn’t even know where it was for my fridge. We go through about 4 cartons a week and they stack on the shelf. I can go through a carton in a morning if I’m due to boil eggs for lunches and for breakfast or am making a quiche/frittata. It’s so much easier to just grab the old carton to take out or for my hubby to take out to the BBQ for bacon and eggs.

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Louise August 10, 2016 - 6:52 PM

All great tips! Thank you so much for sharing! I love keeping a notice board by my fridge of all the things I’ve run out of and need to purchase.

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Anita September 4, 2016 - 3:08 PM

Hi Katrina, love your fridge layout . being single i find it difficult to keep vegetables from going sour, do you have any tips on storage thanks anita

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 6, 2016 - 8:48 AM

I cut up my vegetables and store them in containers, making it quick and easy to make dinner. If you find them sweating in the container put some paper towel in to absorb the liquad and change it every day or so.

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Pat September 21, 2016 - 10:37 PM

I am about to change fridges, so it will be interesting to see how well I adapt to the new fridge. At present all is orderly, except the teeny little shelf above the crisper. It is a tiny space as I need the other shelves to be deeper than I previously had them. This makes it hard to see what is on that shelf as they disappear down the back. Found two opened packet so dates last time I delved in there. I usually only keep the unopened packets there and have the opened dried fruit and nuts in containers on the shelf above. Need to make some date cakes to use those slightly older dates up.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 22, 2016 - 10:01 AM

ooh yum I love date cake Pat, haven’t made one in years.

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Ileen Goldberg July 11, 2018 - 10:25 AM

We have an apartment size fridge and freezer. We shop for a month and I fill in during the month. I keep a detailed list. I have found over the years that labeling helps. I would like to add more storage containers. My biggest issue is fitting everything into the fridge and freezer.

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Margaret Cowan January 7, 2019 - 11:53 AM

A lot of plastic !

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Carol Cornish April 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

You don’t know how good it is to have an australian on here. To be able to buy the containers you use. And how helpful you are.
Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 30, 2019 - 10:26 AM

ooh yay, happy to help!

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Maureen July 3, 2019 - 3:20 PM

I love your fridge organization. I have tried to keep mine organized but my husband doesn’t see the point, doesn’t read the labels and just shoves them anywhere. I can’t even get him to put leftovers in a tub instead of putting the whole pot or frypan in the fridge with a towel over top. How do you get your husband and/or kids to keep it tidy and put things back in the right places.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 11:17 AM

We all share the load in our house. Regarding the kids they have chores which involve helping me out with dinner and cleaning. Regarding hubby, perhaps sit down with him and explain why keeping the fridge tidy is important, and how it saves you time when cooking and preparing lunches etc. It might be easier to do once he understands the reasoning behind it. Kat x

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Jacqueline September 27, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Hi there! Just came across your blog last night…so happy! I’ve become a ‘housewife’ for the first time after 20 years of being a ‘career woman’. Yes, I’ve always been organised and clean but really found my level of ‘organised housewife’ lacking lol
I’m really excited to start organising the house one space at a time and what better space than the fridge. Great ideas here and I’m super inspired. Love your work!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 1, 2019 - 3:52 PM

This made me smile Jacqueline 🙂 So happy to hear that my website is inspiring you! Happy organising! Kat x

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Elizabeth January 8, 2021 - 10:19 AM

Hi could you help. I would like to know where to get the clear containers with blue lids and side white vents you have in your fridge.
Thanks
Elizabeth

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 8, 2021 - 3:52 PM

They are Tupperware Fridge Smart containers that I have had for a really long time. I’m not sure if they are still available. I have just updated my fridge organisation for the current Home Refresh series. If you are interested you see the how my fridge is organised now on either my Facebook or Instagram under Home Refresh – Day 10.

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