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A quick search on Instagram reveals that there are over 62,000 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 10 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

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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

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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.

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2. Group Like Items Together

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?”

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3. Add Labels

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.

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4. Store Herbs and Veggies in Upright Containers

Samira Kazan’s fridge may just be the prettiest one we’ve ever seen. However, look beyond the gorgeous (and oh so Instagrammable) rainbow of veggies and she has some great food storage tips. This includes storing herbs and vegetables (like asparagus) upright.

As she notes on Instagram, “I trim the ends of the herbs and then keep in individual glass jars with a little bit of water in. This will help them last for around 2-3 weeks, as long as you change the water every few days.” Kazan says this also works for veggies like celery and carrots. Plus, if you open your fridge and see your veggies displayed in an appealing way, you’re more likely to eat them while they’re fresh.

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5. Create a Rainbow

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👉 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

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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.

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6. Make Eating Healthy Easy

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

If you’re still holding on to that set of spaghetti-stained plastic 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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8. Get Creative

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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9. Don’t Forget the Freezer

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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10. Be Realistic

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.

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