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.
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.
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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Labels are key to avoiding major kitchen mishaps like confusing baking soda for flour.
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 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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Just add water and you've got the ideal storage vessel for fresh herbs and veggies.
5. Create a rainbow.
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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It's worth the upgrade from plastic containers to the more sustainable glass.
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.
Related Reading: How to Eat a More Sustainable and Nutritious Diet
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These storage baskets are as good as (rose) gold.
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.
Related Video: The Best Way to Store Food in Your Freezer
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