There are so many benefits to having an organized fridge and pantry besides Instagram and Pinterest bragging rights- less food waste, saving money on buying items you already have, and not wasting time trying to find something buried in the back of the fridge. We have some great kitchen hacks and tips on how to get your refrigerator and pantry in tip-top shape.
Create a Kid Snack Station
Keep little snackers happy with a designated snack station on lower shelves in bins. Keep favorite snack items like yogurt, cheese sticks, fruit, and juice boxes on hand. Not only does this save time, but your little ones can help themselves when they want to.
Group Like Items Together
It almost seems like a no-brainer, but your fridge and pantry will look so much more polished if you group items (drinks, vegetables, etc.) in the same area. Having categories will also make it easier to see what you have and what might need to restock.
We all heard about Chloe Kardashian’s amazing pantry- and one of the reasons it’s spectacular is that she uses all matching storage containers. All your leftovers will look so much more appealing (and space-saving!) stacked neatly together. Spending a little extra money to get a streamlined look will pay off in the end, with a beautiful, perfectly organized kitchen.
Store Tall Items in the Back
Don’t lose the small things in the fridge by placing the tallest items like a gallon of milk or juice containers in the back. This way, you will be able to see everything when you open the fridge door! Keep everything that you use consistently in a convenient spot, like butter in the door.
Use Clear Bins
How amazing if you could see everything in your fridge or pantry? By using clear bins to organize, you can absolutely do that. Stock up on stackable bins, to make the most of your fridge and pantry space.
Labels are the holy grain of organizers around the world, just be sure to keep labels general- using “fruit” instead of “Strawberries” and “veggies” instead of carrots.
Know the layout
Did you know that there is a method to stocking your fridge correctly? The door and top shelf are the warmest zones, while the middle and bottom get cooler. Keep condiments in the door, things that need to be cooler (eggs, dairy) on the upper shelves and meats on the lower shelf. The crisper is made for fruits and vegetables, as it is set to a lower humidity, and can extend the life of your produce. Be sure not to overstuff it, prevent airflow and causing food to go bad quicker. If you have a slim drawer in your fridge, that is best used for cheeses.
Get Rid of Packaging
To get a nicer, less cluttered look, take food items out of their outer packaging. This is for items like cheese sticks, yogurt, juice boxes, and soda. Also, prep your foods before you store them for easier access.
Having a clean fridge is a great way to keep it organized. Preferable weekly, but at least quarterly, toss out any expired items, wipe down all the shelves and take note if you need to regroup or restock any items.
How to save money
Organize on Your Budget
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get an organized kitchen. You can find many great pieces of organization items at dollar stores, target, Walmart, and Amazon. Not only that, when you use Fetch to scan receipts for points, you can earn free gift cards.
If your mom and dad every told you not to stand there with the fridge open because you were letting out the cold air, they were right. With an organized fridge, it makes it easier to go in and out, not letting out as much cold air and raising your energy bill.
Use Rebates, Savings and Coupons
Don’t forget to take advantage of free money with you find it! Using rebate and saving programs can save you money on everyday household items.
Which Fetch Gift Cards Can Help
If you are looking to organize your kitchen and save some money, Fetch can help you. Shop, then scan your receipts into the app to earn points, then cash them in for free gift cards to Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Marshall’s, Target, T.J.Maxx, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart and Wayfair. Easy peasy!