One of the sure signs of the holiday is food, so how do you get your fridge and freezer ready for the all the goodies? Gail Richard from the Container Store stopped by THV11 with some tips on getting organized:
Take Inventory: The first step in organizing your fridge and freezer is to take inventory and discard out of date items or any items you will not likely use. Cleaning out both your fridge and your freezer is a great plan once a month, but is a must before the holidays. Cleaning it out will make it easier to know what you have and what you still need, in addition to keeping both areas clean.
Organize by Size: Now that you have gone through the space, it's time to organize the contents! We suggest organizing food items by size. This creates a function for each shelf and makes it much easier to locate your small, hard to see items. Note that jars or bottles are often easiest to access if stored in the refrigerator door. Likewise bagged items, like frozen fruit or veggies, are best stored in the freezer door. Bins or baskets also work great because they allow you to group smaller items, making them easier to access and preventing them from taking over your space.
Accessibility: Keep the most often used items in front for easy access. The whole family - including guests - will appreciate it! You may also find that ready-made snacks are helpful to have accessible to curve your guests' cravings - fresh fruit or veggies that are pre-washed and ready to eat will suddenly seem more enticing!
Maximize Space: Look for organizers that maximize shelf space - for example, shelves or dispensers that can be added to existing shelves to maximize the vertical space.
Leftovers: Everybody has a small shelf that never seems quite big enough. Put it to use for leftover storage containers! Flat food containers are great for maximizing those narrow spaces. Stacking square or rectangle containers will also help maximize space as they complement the shape of your fridge. Don't forget to label your items before storing them!
Keeping Fresh: Lastly, in keeping a clean fridge or freezer, it is important to keep it fresh. To combat odors keep an open box of baking soda in the back corner and replace every three months OR use a solution like Fridge Refresh that lasts a lifetime!