A quick search on Instagram reveals that there are over 40,000 posts tagged #fridgegoals. Fridge inspiration or “fridgespo” is a thing and it might just be what you need to get you in gear to finally organize your own.
While it’s easy to brush off all these beautifully arranged fridges with their rainbows of perfectly aligned cans of mineral water and adorably labeled bins as trivial eye-candy, a clean, organized fridge can actually save you time, space, and money, and help you eat better.
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Don’t believe us? Here are ten photos (along with some helpful organization tips) that might just inspire you to give your fridge the makeover it deserves.
1. Use fridge trays and containers for storage. View this post on Instagram
How's your fridge organisation? It surprises me sometimes the lengths people go to to organise their fridges with even more containers than what's already supplied with the fridge. A lot of marketing and planning goes into designing a refrigerator I would expect and they would take into account what needs to be stored where for optimum freshness. Not everything has to go into the fridge, for example, longlife products and unopened sauces and jars. They can be stored in the pantry until opened. It is good to keep similar items together in the fridge like jams, pickles, relishes etc in a pull out tray. Sauces, taller bottles, water and milk in the door and make use of any dairy, egg or meat sections supplied with the fridge. Keep salad ingredients in one container so all you need to do is pull out that one container when it comes to making a salad. Other than that, the more containers you have, the more you have to clean. Image via @thecontainerstore who have a great range of clear storage solutions so you can see what's inside. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #konmari #konmarimethod #konmariemethod #konmarie #konmarilife #konmarifolding #mariekondo #mariekondomethod #netflix #netflixshows #netflixandchill #netflixseries #clutterfree #clutter #clutterfreeliving #declutteryourlife #iloveabargain #bargainshopping #bargainshopper #shoppingspree #shoppingaddict #shoppingday #minimalisme #organiseyourlife #domesticgoddess #clutteritis #refrigerator #fridgeorganization #fridge #fridgegoals
A post shared by Anne Murphy (@domesblissity) on Aug 2, 2019 at 6:00am PDT
Let’s be real—everything looks better when it’s organized with a consistent system. This photo from Anne Murphy is the definition of #fridgegoals. By placing food in clear plastic bins, bottle racks, and egg crates you can easily see what you have while bidding goodbye to bulbous bottles and cans awkwardly rolling around your shelves.
Sorbus Fridge and Freezer Bins, $34.99 on Amazon The first step to decluttering your refrigerator and freezer. Buy Now 2. Group like items together. View this post on Instagram
The only thing better than an organized fridge is a fridge with labels! You can order ours online, or buy our book and they are included at the back! ✨ Products, labels, and our book are available on THE shop page [thehomeedit.com/shop] ✨ #thehomeedit #fridge #organization
A post shared by THE HOME EDIT ® (@thehomeedit) on Jun 6, 2019 at 6:55pm PDT
There’s a reason why this photo from The Home Edit looks so good: similar items (like cans of ginger-ale and tubs of sour cream) are all grouped together. The result is a fridge that’s well organized and visually appealing. Grouping items together in this way means never having to say, “Where did that last can of La Croix go?”
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, $13.99 on Amazon Read all about it (and get bonus refrigerator labels, which are included with the book). Buy Now 3. Add labels. View this post on Instagram
Watching @mrshinchhome labelling up her fridge got me inspired to label up my own! Unfortunately I don’t have a label maker but the gorgeous Jodie from @96creations got my vision instantly and made me the most amazing stickers! . I absolutely love them! Please head over to her page to order, she can do any size you need in different styles and colours! I like the black because it stands out! Fridge goals right here! . #fridge #fridgegoals #fridgeorganization #hinchmystorage #hinch #imahincher #mrshinch #mrshinchhome #hinchspiration #stickers #decalsticker #vinyldecals #decal #decals #vinylstickers #sticker #stickershop #smallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #homeorganization #home #homebeautiful #homedecor #homesweethome #housedecor #calligraphy @atnumberninetysix
A post shared by Jennifer Hall (@hall_at_home) on Sep 22, 2019 at 5:50am PDT
If you’re the kind of person who tends to just stuff items in the fridge (only to have trouble finding what you need later), a labeling system might be exactly what you need to keep everything organized. We like how Jennifer Hall has labeled different areas of her fridge to create designated sections for things like cheeses, uncooked meats, and sauces.
CHUBBIEE Removal Write-On Labels, $8.99 on Amazon Labels are key to avoiding major kitchen mishaps like confusing baking soda for flour. Buy Now 5. Create a rainbow. View this post on Instagram
Being a nutritarian ain’t easy (I’m not going to lie) and that’s why prepping has become the way I live this lifestyle. ✅✊️✨ . . ✅ As a nutritarian I aim to eat 1 pound raw and 1 pound cooked veggies daily. I avoid animal products and processed foods including oil, salt and sugar. (You can learn all about this on my site – link in bio @hellonutritarian) . . ✅ You might imagine that finding food that conforms to these guidelines is difficult to do and temptation is literally everywhere—especially since I live with my family of 3 non-nutritarians. . . ✅ After over 6 years at this I know that the food I eat has to come from my hands. And prepping nutritarian food for the week is what keeps me safe and in recovery from years of being a binge-eater and food addict. . . IN THIS FRIDGE: I’ve got simple preps like pre-cutting fruits and veggies and portioning out baked sweet potatoes and sautéed kale that I’ll top with No-Oil Alfredo Sauce. And then I have oil-free cooked nutritarian meals including: Mac N’ Peas, Tofu Beet Burgers, Herbed Red Lentil Pasta and Tahini-Date Roasted Brussels Sprouts. All these recipes are part of my 6-week prep program you can learn more about in my story highlights. . . After over 3 years of prepping my advice to you in start small and grow out from there. I’ve never met anyone who tried prepping say they didn’t appreciate having healthy food ready for them at their fingertips. . . It is a time-commitment but it gets easier and faster with every prep session you dedicate yourself to ✊️✨ . . xo, Kristen . . #fridge #nutritarian #fridgegoals #fridgesituation #mariekondo #fridgeorganization #hnfridgeshare #MakesMeWhole #wfpbno #freshfridgefriday #plantpowered #ImSoMartha #mealprepdaily #oilfreevegan #abmfoodie #foodprep #kitchenlife #forksoverknives #foods4thought #healthyfoodshare #veganfoodshare #cleaneats #vegancommunity #hownottodie #eatyourveggies #wholefoodplantbased #eatclean #mealpreplife #hellonutritarian
A post shared by Kristen Hong (@hellonutritarian) on Sep 10, 2019 at 11:21am PDT
The duo behind The Home Edit organize many of their spaces using pops of ROYGBIV (an acronym for the sequence of hues that make up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). It’s easy to see why: Rainbows are pretty and make for a fun, visually cohesive space. We love this photo from Hello Nutritarian which features pre-cut fruit and vegetables colorfully arranged in individual clear containers.
Fullstar (12 pack) Storage Containers, $29.99 on Amazon Keep food fresh (and organized) in your fridge. Buy Now 6. Make eating healthy easy. View this post on Instagram
If you have good food in your fridge, you + your family will eat good food. 🥝 Are we leaving our choices to chance this week?! Or planning accordingly to our our goals?! • We wash, prep and store our fruit in glass mason jars. Place them at kid height in the fridge and enjoy all week! Each week our fruit selection is based on sales and which are most #budgetfriendly — always a good tip to keep in mind! • What are your favorite ways to store fruit in the fridge?! Are you a “prep as you eat” kind of person or a “prep for the week” person?! #beautymeetsbeast #BMBproject
A post shared by STEPH GILLILAND | ᴍᴇᴀʟ ᴘʀᴇᴘᴘᴇʀ (@beautymeetsbeastfitness) on Sep 25, 2019 at 3:35pm PDT
How you clean and organize your fridge can actually make it easier for you to eat healthy, delicious meals. The proof: This photo from meal prepper extraordinaire Steph Gilliland which shows a smoothie station she’s created in her fridge. To create your own, simply wash, prep, and store fruit next to your go-to liquid for a quick and easy smoothie. This organization technique also works for other items you frequently use together (i.e., sandwich or omelette ingredients stored alongside bread and eggs).
7. Ditch the plastic. View this post on Instagram
It’s time for the summer series of #StockedAndStoked! ☀️ (New post on Jessie-May.com) A seasonal breakdown of what it looks like for us to (generally) stock our fridge in the summer. There are so many ways to do so, and our fridge (aka my indoor garden ) is a living ecosystem that changes daily. I try to share my mental methodology for how I approach stocking our kitchen each week in this post, as well as in my previous two posts on the spring and fall fridge breakdowns too. I hope you find these helpful! ❤️ – Next up will be the release of my produce prep eBook (Ah!) which will hopefully give you an extra tool in the kitchen too. So so very excited. ☺️ – (Link to summer fridge tour in my profile.) Enjoy your beautiful Sundays and the generous bounty summer has to give . #JMFridge – psssst. There is a post on JM covering all of the jars and containers seen here (linked in the fridge post too). xx
A post shared by Jessie May (@jessiemaysnyder) on Aug 4, 2019 at 6:56am PDT
If you’re still holding on to that set of spaghetti-stained Tupperware containers from college, it might be time to upgrade to a more sustainable option made out of glass. This upgrade doesn’t have to be costly. We love how Jessie May Snyder has used a mix of budget friendly mason jars and glass containers to beautifully organize her fridge.
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Bayco Glass Storage Containers (24 Piece), $39.99 on Amazon It's worth the upgrade from plastic containers to the more sustainable glass. Buy Now 8. Get creative. View this post on Instagram
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A post shared by @ mamaagracie on Sep 1, 2019 at 3:31pm PDT
Who said sustainable had to be boring? For those of you who want to add a rock and roll edge to your fridge, behold these fabulous skull shaped mason jars that MamaaGracie has used to store fruits and veggies. We also love how she’s ditched her fridge bins for a mix of wire baskets to organize loose fruits and veggies.
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Skull Shaped Glass Jar, $11.49 at Walmart An out-of-the-box storage option just in time for Halloween. Buy Now SINARDO Wire Storage Baskets (set of 4), $19.53 on Amazon These storage baskets are as good as (rose) gold. Buy Now 9. Don’t forget the freezer. View this post on Instagram
Freezer storage solutions: Pantry bins, divided turntables, and THE labels Products from this post, along with custom labels, are available on THE shop page [thehomeedit.com/shop] #thehomeedit #freezer #fridge #organization
A post shared by THE HOME EDIT ® (@thehomeedit) on May 24, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT
While you’re giving your fridge a deep clean and makeover, don’t forget to show your freezer some TLC. We love this photo from The Home Edit because it combines several organizational techniques in one. To achieve this look, group like items (like popsicles or frozen boxed items) together in clear bins, removing bulky packaging whenever possible to maximize space. Extra points if you add a label.
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mDesign Turntable Storage Container, $17.99 on Amazon Ensure your cabinets are tidy while harnessing your inner DJ. Buy Now 10. Be realistic. View this post on Instagram
The champagne to food ratio in this fridge… felt familiar. 🤷♀️ Products from this post – along with THE book, and our other favorite items – are available on our shop page under shop THE feed [thehomeedit.com/shop] ✨ #thehomeedit #fridge #organization
A post shared by THE HOME EDIT ® (@thehomeedit) on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:13pm PDT
While it would be nice to have an Instagram-ready fridge filled with a rainbow assortment of fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses, and meats, if you don’t use these items daily, stocking them is a waste. This photo is the perfect reminder to be realistic about what you actually love and use on a regular basis—if that’s cold brew and Champagne, so be it! Only stock what you use, place it in a prime location and don’t worry about the rest.
What’s your favorite fridge organizing tip? Let us know in the comments.