Organizing the Fridge
Here is something I tried that is working for me keeping my fridge organized.
I decided to 'flip' the storage in the fruit and veggie bins with the in door storage shelves.
The problem with storing fruits and veggies in the bins in the fridge was that they were just a big pile to have to paw through. Things got bruised doing this. The onions banged into the tomatoes. Things wound up on the bottom and forgotten and rotten. "Oooh yea, now I remember that pear I bought last June. I think thats a pear? Or a peach?" It was hard to tell which were the more recent purchses that needed to be used first. It was a chore to paw through it to see what needed to be purchased for shopping trips or to check to see what might need to be 'used up' before it went south.
I now put all the condiment jars in the former veggie bins. They all fit nice and tight and it seems like storing the jars this way they fit better and the bins hold more with everything nested. Then you pull out the drawer you can see all the caps with most of them having printed brand names on them and the rest are just recognized by color. (blue = mayo) Nothing is hidden behind another jar like happens with condiments stored on the main shelves or jammed into the door shelves requiring pawing through a jungle of jars and shoving everything to the side to see what lurks behind it. I've got more space on my main shelves now too.
All the fruits and veggies are now in the door shelves. Easy to spot. Nothing gets bruised. Older stuff goes on the top shelves and new duplicate purchses go on the lower shelves so freshness can be monitored and things rotated. This way you know which are the 'older' plums to be used first.
Seeing the fruit and veggies all displayed like that makes them more accessable and more likely to be grabbed when looking for a quick snack. It sort of prompts one towards healthy eating unlike the effort it takes to bend over and rummage through a dark bin with broccoli and garlic on top of the pile.
Has anyone tried this? I haven't found any drawback to this new system yet.