How to Keep Your Refrigerator Organized

A man broaches the topic of refrigerator cleanliness

The refrigerator is this sacred shared space in your home. A finite place that can only hold so much stuff. You have to keep it clean so you don’t end up with any gross crud molding in the corner. You also want to be able to find the essentials quickly.

In short, a massive challenge for any high-functioning household.

In our house, Jordan came up with an elegant organizational system, though she doesn’t really follow it. I’m the enforcer. If something’s in the wrong place, I act quickly, decisively, mercilessly. With a terrifying swiftness and bone-crunchingly powerful powerfulness.

Jordan’s fridge organizational system (™) is:

  • On the top shelf, liquids and condiments. Hee hee. For liquids we have beer (oh yeah!), seltzer (oh yeah!) and apple juice. And milk. Butter, pickles, maple syrup, things like that.
  • Food on the other shelves. There’s a section dedicated to yogurty items, but other than that it’s a food free-for-all. Veggies, leftovers, it all sort of gets thrown together. Except Jordan is always putting food on the top shelf, which I come down on with an iron fist.
  • We also have a shoebox in the fridge, which contains cheesy items.
  • The sides contain yet more condiments. They are organized into racial ghettos: American, Asian, European, Indian, etc.

This is not the only way to organize your fridge, although now that I come to think of it, it is actually the only way.

2 Responses to “How to Keep Your Refrigerator Organized”

  1. Karen
    March 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Do you know the “Fridge Whiz?” Yes, actually you do…it’s Jordan’s Aunt Deb. She is famous for re-swizzling refrigerators for people (especially me). So, you see, Jordan comes by her organization genetically. However, her Mother DEFINITELY needs an enforcer!

    • Pierre Bastien
      March 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Perhaps it’s rare to find someone who’s both a fridge swizzler and a fridge enforcer!