As much as I love organizing, organizing food is a tough one for me because food comes in all shapes and sizes and you’re left figuring out where they should go. Food also requires maintenance than a closet because of spoiling and expiration dates which can be tedious but if you keep up with it it won’t be as painful. Here’s how I try to keep our food organized:
Keep The Grocery Store In Mind
When you shop at the grocery store all the produce is kept in the same section, the dairy in the same section, etc. Keep those items stored together. It will make it easier to find them and also help you out at your next grocery run because you’ll know what aisle to shop
Keeping items or bins with labels visible gives you easy access to food items. Pantry organization all depends on how much storage you have to work with. My suggestion is to take it all out of the pantry and evaluate what you have and group the items together. Once you have a better visual of the groups then you can decide on storage. Our shelving is deep for our pantry so using containers to store food wasn’t really an option because it would require moving them around to find one another. I used stacking shelves for the top row because I had room to create more space. I used washi tape to decorate the plain white bin and put a label of chalk tape over it. I used chalk tape for it’s versatility. To read more about our labeled pantry, check out this post. For the second and third rows, I used baskets as it was easier to pull the baskets out to access what I needed. For larger bag items such as pretzels and chips, they went in a large basket instead of food containers. I used food clips to secure them.
Refrigerator storage all depends on what type of refrigerator you have. For us, we have a side-by-side refrigerator. I keep the milk and coffee creamer on the inside door because we use them so frequently. Salad dressings are kept on another shelf on the inside door as well. Most side-by-side refrigerators have produce drawers, which ours does. Vegetables are stored in one drawer and I usually store meat in the other one. There are three shelves in our refrigerator. The top shelf stores all of our condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.). The second shelf doesn’t have as much space and the shelf isn’t adjustable so this is where I keep the smaller items such as yogurt and eggs. The third shelf varies, we get a rotisserie chicken a few times a month and this is where it usually is stored. Juice is typically stored here too because it’s big and there isn’t room inside the refrigerator door shelves. The last shelf stores the dog meat that comes into our dog’s food as well as leftovers. I have chalk labels on the containers to easily identify what’s in there.
Freezer storage is similar to the refrigerator, it depends on what type you have. Continuing on the side-by-side model, the inside of the freezer door has small shelves so this is typically where I store butter and frozen vegetables. The rest of the freezer usually gets organized by size of the box/bag and stacked accordingly. Keep the items that are used most frequently at eye level.
There are organizers that are designed for the refrigerator/freezer. I wasn’t too sure about them at first but they are really helpful when it comes to accessing items that are stored in the back. It also prevents the scenario where you take everyone out of the refrigerator to find that one item you need. Group the frequently used items together in a bin.
For items that don’t require refrigeration such as apples and bananas, use a fruit basket for a nice display. You’ll free up space in your refrigerator and add a little decoration to your kitchen. Plus you’ll remember to eat them because you’ll see them everyday 🙂
How do you organize food? Any tips you’d like to share?