Fridge storage bins keep like items together, keeping food organized and making it easier to find what you’re looking for. They also help to prevent food waste by allowing you to store and rotate foods that are approaching their expiration date.
Choose refrigerator organizer bins that are clear so you can quickly see what’s inside. Then, label them using a dry-erase marker to make it even quicker and simpler to find the right item.
Organizing your refrigerator using bins makes it easier to grab food items. It reduces the time spent opening and closing your fridge, which wastes energy. And when you’re not keeping the refrigerator door open, you can save 40% more money than if you were, according to research from the Journal of Applied Sciences.
Choose bins that have dividers to separate different foods like cheeses and deli meats. Or consider a bin with an internal colander to allow moisture to drip away from fruits and vegetables to keep them fresher longer (Viv’s favorite). A pretty bin adds a nice touch to your fridge, while a lazy susan keeps condiments within reach for easy access.
To help your family easily find what they need, label the bins with a dry-erase marker. Viv loves to use script-style handwriting, which looks more upscale than plain white stickers. This method also allows you to quickly make changes and update your lists when cooking or buying more groceries.
Besides being more aesthetically pleasing, when food is properly stored in the fridge, it can last longer and prevent waste, saving you money. To keep things in check, use clear bins with dividers to group similar items (like cheeses and deli meats) or a set of stackable drawers that make the most out of space.
For more specific types of foods, look for pull-out bins with comfort handles that are easier to grip and come in a range of sizes to fit most refrigerator spaces. You can also find food storage containers with lids that snap to keep everything in one spot and easy to grab — remember to keep condiments and other bottles off the door’s surface since they tend to spill more easily.
Less Food Waste
A cluttered fridge often means foods get pushed to the back and forgotten until they expire. This is a big contributor to food waste that costs the average household PS19 a month and produces 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, according to WRAP UK.
Using clear bins to group like items together can help prevent this waste. For example, keeping cheese on one side of the fridge and deli meat on the other makes it easier to see what you have so that you can use it before it goes bad.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your food waste, start with your refrigerator. Bins can help you save space and prevent foods from worsening by reducing your time to open and close your fridge doors. Invest in bins with drain plates at the bottom and vents on top that you can open or close, depending on your needs. These features can help you keep greens and other delicate veggies from wilting and make fruits last longer by allowing ethylene gas to escape so they don’t overripen.
If you’re a fan of the KonMari method, this fridge organizing set will help you purge expired foods from your refrigerator. It comes with a variety of strong, clear bins that hold cans, jars, bottles, and more—plus dividers to keep fruits, vegetables, and proteins separated so nothing gets lost in the back of your fridge.
These slim bins, a favorite of Amazon shoppers, can corral smaller food items that often get lost in the back of your fridge—juice pouches and yogurt packs. Plus, they make a great spot for baby food, leftovers, and more.