Fridge organizing ideas
Not sure if this is totally cooking related, but it plays a significant role for me. I have a small fridge and lately it has just gotten out of control, I cannot tell what is what in there. Stuff just gets piled on top of each other, bunched up or shoved in the back and I can't tell what I have. So each time I need something I have to rummage.
The top shelf with juice, milk, large jars of mayo, syrup, etc. is OK, stuff usually is just two or three levels deep there and solid so easy to move around. But the middle shelf with leftovers, cheese, meats, extra veggies that don't fit into the veggie drawer, tofu, an off condiment jar that doesn't fit on the door, etc. is just horrible. It's a mix of plastic bags, odd sizes of containers (like sour cream, cottage cheese, salsa, margarine, yogurt, an occasional jam jar, etc.)
Another horrible issue is my lettuce spinner. I keep lettuce in it, because when I put lettuce in other types of containers, it quickly goes bad on me. It's the plastic mesh bowl inside of another bowl that keeps the lettuce good, but it is a space HOG. I don't want to buy the special plastic bags for keeping produce fresh, they just aren't environmental and I already have way too many plastic bags that I wash out. I need to go the re-usable route with this re-organization.
How do you manage? I have tried investing in clear containers, they seem to disappear or get used outside the fridge. Maybe I need some more. I'm also toying with getting some small shelves, the kind they sell for kitchen cupboards, with a short shelf on top and longer one on the bottom. That would help with the stacking problem . . . maybe. Or some lazy susans to help with the stuff getting pushed to the back? I dunno, what works for you?