What does your fridge look like right now? Are items just shoved anywhere they would fit? Is your lettuce freezing because it’s on the top shelf instead of the produce drawer? While these are more common when sharing a fridge with roommates and have a designated shelf, it can happen to anyone and any refrigerator.

IF you want the madness to end, here are a few ideas to keep your fridge clean and organized.

Note: Some food items can go in multiple places. It depends on where you have the most room.

Top shelf

  1. Condiments
  2. Fruits
  3. Ready-to-eat food
  4. Eggs (towards the back where temperature is more consistent)
  5. Butter
  6. Cheese (that you’re going to use first)
  7. yogurt

Middle shelf

  1. Leftovers
  2. Eggs
  3. Bread
  4. Condiments
  5. Salad dressings

Bottom shelf

  1. Raw meats of any kind. (You don’t want the meat to leak on any other foods)
  2. Milk (It needs to go towards the back where it’s the coldest to maintain a healthy temperature)
  3. All drinks
  4. Other dairy products

The door

  1. Drinks
  2. Oils
  3. Condiments
  4. Butter

Crisper drawers

You can change the setting of the drawers to have one low humidity and high humidity drawers. The low humidity is best for fruits and some thin-skinned vegetables. High humidity drawers help keep wilting vegetables fresh longer.

    • Low-Humidity:
  1. Apples
  2. Peppers
  3. Summer squash
  4. Mushrooms
  5. Grapes
    • When ripe:
  6. Avocados
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Plums
  10. Nectarines
  11. Melon
    • High-Humidity:
  12. Carrots
  13. Leafy greens
  14. Green onions
  15. Broccoli

Keeping it clean

When you’re done organizing your fridge, you can rest assured that your food will last the longest in these places. An excellent way to keep everything is to make mats to go underneath the food on the shelves and the doors. If something spills, you can take it out and wash it before replacing it back inside.

Your fridge will look like someone’s Pinterest board after you spend the time to clean and organize it!