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18 Clever Ways To Keep Everything In Your Refrigerator Organized

R.I.P. to all the times you had to mourn the expired food you found way too late behind a bottle of juice.

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1. Buy a set of clear storage containers so no one has the excuse of the yogurt you're supposed to use up first being hidden behind tons of other stuff. Are we clear? *Crystal*

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You shouldn't throw everything in your fridge in bins, but this starter set will give you a leg up in the orderly direction. With these bins, you can pair like with like and prevent spills from rifling through your fridge shelves. (Definitely not talking from messy experience or anything.) Includes two bins, a condiment caddy, and an egg holder.

Promising review: "I have a double-door fridge and in order to fit larger bottles for juice and milk on a shelf, I have to move a shelf up, which creates a very narrow shelf. It was very hard to find things to go on this shelf. With the egg crate and low-profile bin, I was able to create almost a drawer-like setup where I could put yogurt and eggs and just slide out the tray without having to dig to the back." —Katie L.

Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

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2. Consider buying another sturdy egg holder so you can easily stack the container without crushing your eggs and quiche dreams.

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Promising review: "This is a perfect space saver, and so much better than reusing the disposable cartons! I love that it is longer than a standard carton, utilizing more depth of the fridge shelf. I stack two on a low-clearance shelf and can put 42 eggs in just a little more width than 24 eggs in regular cartons." —Kristen J

Get it from Amazon for $13.37 (21 eggs).

3. Prevent your LaCroix habit from disrupting your appliance's newfound order with a can dispenser.

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Promising review: "One of my best investments... love the organization... and it's a great quality! bought one for each soda (ginger ale and Pepsi) and then one for Perrier and another for V-8/pineapple small cans. What a great way to organize the pantry." —JOPDR

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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4. Easily wipe up spills without disrupting everything in your fridge by putting in some cheap shelf liners you can pull out and rinse.

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No more "ignoring" those spill drips because you don't want to be the one to clean them up. We're ALL done it. (I think. Plz don't let me be the only one.)

Promising review: "Works very well at keeping your glass shelves and drawers protected and clean. Easily wipes clean. Looks good too! These mats can also be used as a prepping area on your countertops too." —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in several sizes).

If you prefer to DIY, check out a tutorial with dollar store placemats on One Thing By Jillee. Or, use press-and-seal plastic wrap to create a temporary barrier on fridge surfaces. Learn more about that on The Virtuous Wife.

5. Prevent your crisper drawers from looking like a farmers market graveyard by lining them in produce life extenders that'll help keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer.

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The longer those fruits and veggies stay alive, the less likely you'll have to clean up rotting produce! These liners are made of anti-mold, moisture-absorbing material and can be trimmed to size.

Promising review: "I have had them in my vegetable drawer for just about 10 days. The most notable result was that strawberries that I purchased were still fresh after more than a week. Excellent product." —Katrina

Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

Find even more help with our tricks to make your groceries last longer.

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6. Swap the baking soda and used coffee grounds for an air-purifying bag to make your fridge smell like less of a landfill every time you open it. AND it'll take up zero shelf space.

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Promising review: "I love how long this works. I was forever trying to replace or remember to replace the baking soda in my fridge. Since I have hung this in my fridge it has reduced the smell of the onions that my husband is endlessly refrigerating. I hung it in the back of the fridge and just wrote in sharpie marker two years from the date I opened it. I'm thinking of getting more of the ones that are for clothes." —rlp219

Get it from Amazon for $8.42.

7. Keep bacon strips (and other cold meats) safer for longer with this handy bacon keeper.

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It's also BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "I bought this just for bacon and it's awesome. Don't have to open the greasy package all the time. Just open and peal off what I want. Holds at least 3 lbs. Sturdy too." —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

While you're here, read up on how to store all your groceries.

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8. Divvy up your bulk buys into normal-size portions — both for storage and meal prep — with a vacuum sealing system to make sure you finally eat all that food from your ambitious Costco haul.

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Promising review: "Can't say enough about this unit. I had a very old Seal-a-Meal that died after about 20 years or more. Some of the nice features: You can stop the vacuum to avoid squishing the food but still seal the bag. It will vacuum seal completely, just a little, or not at all — just seal. You can re-seal a potato chip or pretzel bag (and less snacking that way :-). I use it to seal the bag of brown sugar so it doesn't dry out. I buy frozen fruit for smoothies and the bags can be resealed. I buy the pint-sized FoodVac bags which are very cost effective and seal single serving leftovers. It's so useful I leave it out on my counter all the time. I measure dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies and seal them for future, quicker baking." —lwf928

Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

9. Bring stuff you'd normally shove to the back of the fridge within easy reach by placing bottles of condiments and more on lazy susans.

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Reaching for a bottle of ketchup to only topple over your hot sauce collection is never not devastating.

Promising review: "Bought this to organize and easily access condiments in my fridge. It's a good size, non-slip, and really affordable. It's not the prettiest but it's in my fridge and matches the white. Meets my needs, so I am happy." —msu4neeti

Get it from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in two colors).

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10. Learn what shouldn't be chilled so you won't have to sacrifice precious space to the not-so-cool items.

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Place onions, garlic, and shallots and hole-y paper bag instead. Get the deets on The Yummy Life.

P.S. You can also store (whole, unwashed) mushrooms in a paper bag, stick the bag in the fridge, and they'll last for a week.

11. And stash the stuff that shouldn't be in the fridge nearby with this slim, slide-out caddy that's skinny but tall enough to place in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets.

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Promising review: "This shelf is perfect for a small apartment kitchen. It was super easy to put together, it all snaps into place in just minutes. Small storage hacks are everything when you have limited space. This shelf fits perfectly between the fridge and the wall and glides out smoothly. It holds quite a lot of stuff in such a small place!" —Jess

Get it from Amazon for $41.82.

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12. Spare some shelf space by lofting beer bottles with these magnetic strips.

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Promising review: "This gizmo is truly a favorite of mine. BottleLoft's strong magnets hold soda or beer (by the caps) from the 'ceiling' of the fridge, making more room on the shelf, and it looks modern, organized, and great! I had to buy a new fridge and couldn't pry the strips off the old one. That's how strong they are. So I just bought more new ones!" —Bev

Get two strips (enough to hold six bottles) from Uncommon Goods for $38.

13. Or stack bev bottles (beer, soda, champagne, etc.,) easily on a simple rubber mat to prevent a wet disaster.

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Promising review: "Each one holds 10 beers/Cokes/whatever in a pyramid which is not only cool looking, but a very efficient use of space. It's a pretty small fridge but I can still easily get 80 beers in there, which lasts a long, long time. We also have one in our main fridge for bottles of wine/champagne/such." —Alan Montgomery

Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

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14. And keep opened bottles from making a boozy mess with this leak-proof wine saver that'll set firmly on a shelf.

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Note that this fits *most* wine bottles, but won't fit champagne bottles!

Promising review: "Expensive but worth it! We moved and bought a counter-depth fridge, so it has a smaller interior. There is limited 'standing space' so I have to 'trust' other wine stoppers, which make me nervous. I took a gamble on this one, A TRUE WINNER! I pay $$ for my wine. A little more for a dependable stopper is well worth it!" —Bright spot

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

15. Give everything a name (and the date that it goes bad) with a label maker that feels very ~official~.

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Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

Or, opt for a roll of 250 of these pre-typed labels that just need filling out under "Date" and Contents" from Amazon for $9.99.

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16. Toss the old plastic containers stained with curry from your fave Thai takeout join (yum) and meal prep with these airtight stackable storage containers instead.

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Set includes 7 plastic food storage containers and 7 lids with a 100% leakproof guarantee. But don't listen to me about them! Check out our full review of these Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers.

Get the 14-piece set from Amazon for $24.99.

17. Preserve salads for a few days in a tiny fridge footprint by packing them in mason jars. (Just be sure to store them upright!)

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This one comes with a lid to hold your dressing. But, you can put a mason jar you already have to good use with our guide to packing a mason-jar salad. Oh, and when it's time to eat them, dump them in a bowl! I found that out the hard way when I packed a work lunch mason jar.

Promising review: "This is the perfect container to put my salad in for the office. No more worries about if my lunch container will fit in the community fridge or if my lunch bag is staying cold enough until lunch time. Super portable and convenient, and the dressing cup holds the perfect amount for your salad." —Jennylynn Morton

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

18. Encourage using up all the food you already have in your fridge with this magnetic dry-erase menu planner that'll stick to the front of a fridge door.

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Promising review: "It fits easily and neatly on the refrigerator so the family can see dinner plans for the week. Plus, it has an extra section where you can start writing down the next week's menu ideas! As a busy mom, wife, and teacher this comes in handy for meal prepping." —Jennifer Kaczor

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

So now maybe you won't have to watch the John Oliver segment on food waste on the reg since you'll actually eat stuff in your fridge before it expires!!!

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Or just watch it anyway. I've made myself watch it several times because 1.) I love him and 2.) I've totally had to clear out old food out of my fridge several times because I didn't store it properly or did some horrible planning. Prepared to be horrified about America's food waste problem, even if you don't care about its environmental effects!

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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