This past Mother’s Day, I helped my mom completely reorganize and revamp her refrigerator. My mom loves to cook, so it was important to her to have an organized yet aesthetic kitchen (We also recently tackled her pantry – check it out here)

If you’re like my mom, you probably have a plan on how you’d like your fridge to look. If not, don’t worry – these organizational hacks can help you keep your fridge Pinterest-worthy yet functional.

 Step 1: Deep Clean

·  Take out EVERYTHING. Before getting started, you’ll want to empty all the shelves, drawers, and doors. Keep similar items together so that it is easier to organize and put back in.

·  Clean removable parts. Soaking drawers and shelves in soapy water will make it easier to clean any hard to remove dirt and spots.

·  Wipe down the inside. Use sanitizing wipes or spray to clean the inside of the fridge before putting the bins back.

Step 2: Label Your Containers

Labeling brings an attractive and elegant look to any organizing task. You’ll need a cricut machine to make the labels (my mom loves the new Cricut Joy), vinyl paper, and a pretty font. For my mom’s refrigerator, we used “Ball Pen” font which can be found here, and Light Teal Vinyl by The Paper Studio, which we found at Michael’s.

 Step 3: Design

Before putting anything back in, you’ll want to see how your containers fit in the fridge in case the shelves need to be rearranged. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can start filling up your containers.

 Step 4: Put Everything Back In!

Last is the fun part – arranging your containers and organizing your fridge. Here are some tips to get the most out of your space:

Large Food Items

We used these stackable refrigerator bins for bread and cheese, and slightly smaller bins with lids for yogurt and dairy. They are clear, so you can see everything that’s inside.

Bottled items like drinks and milk should be kept towards the back.

Fruit and Veggies

We used these narrow fridge bins  to organize the fruit and veggie drawers, and used these stackable berry baskets from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Leftovers

Any leftover meals or open food packages can be put into smaller containers. These glass containers from Ikea are stackable, matching, and ecofriendly, and are also great for meal prep.

(TIP from Chef Toni: Cut up whole veggies when cooking and store leftovers in jars like these instead of storing half a veggie in the fridge– it looks cute and makes it easier for next time.)

Condiments

My mom and I transferred all of her bottled condiments into these adorable glass bottles.  Smaller amounts of condiments, like salsa or dips, can be stored in these mason jars. They are compact and can help you save a TON of space.

Watch the entire process!

So, there you have it – these tips should help you create a pretty, aesthetic, and organized refrigerator. If you’re looking for more home organization tips, click here.  More videos to come, so stay tuned!

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