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Fridge Organization Ideas


Hi everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.tv. And welcome to my fridge organizing video. So in this video I’m gonna share with you
how to organize the fridge so you can find what you’re looking for and also maximize
the freshness of all your food inside the fridge. But first, if this is your first time watching
any of my videos and you’re just getting started on your journey to getting organized, there’s a link below to help you get started for free. Alright. So right behind me is the fridge and I’m just
gonna share with you how it’s organized and what you can do to organize your fridge if
you need to clean it out. Alright. So the outside of the fridge I just have two
important things. I have my exercise tracker that I use whenever
I exercise. And then I have a list of foods that Ed and
I came up with together based on things that we should be eating, as reminders on things
to buy, and things to make and stuff. And those two are important so they hang out
on the front of the fridge. Alright. So let’s look inside. On the door of the fridge, the door of the
fridge is gonna be more of a warmer section of the fridge compared to the back bottom,
which is the coldest part of the fridge. So what you want to keep on the door are condiments. Things that don’t need to be really cold. You don’t want to keep milk, yogurt, or any
other kind of dairy. And so for condiments, what I do is any condiment
that we use frequently, keep that toward the front, right here. And then any condiments that we don’t use
as often, but still gets used, goes in the very back. And as you can see, there’s only one of everything,
with the exception of the mustards, which they’re all different types of mustards. But what you want to do is only have one of
every condiment open at a time. So you don’t want to have two of the same
mayonnaises open at a time or eight peanut butters open at the same time. Which I did see when I started becoming a
professional organizer. One time there was eight peanut butters open
at all the same time. Most of them were all the same. And so you want to avoid doing that. Just open one at a time. Once it’s finished, go grab another one. Open it, recycle the old one and put it in
the fridge. So just one at a time. And then keep your bulk ones in the pantry,
in the cupboards, or anywhere else you keep bulk stuff in your house. Alright. So that’s that door. Let’s look at the other door right here. So this door has … This is more of the condiment
overflow door. If there’s not enough space here, condiments
go here. But there’s plenty of space right now. This compartment right here is kind of a weird
shaped drawer. So I keep all of our extra nuts because nuts
last longer in the fridge or the freezer. There’s chocolate chips, there’s raisins or
craisins, and then there’s chia seeds. So this is nuts and seeds. Right here, same thing. These are great. So for anything that you eat often. So Ed and I eat hemp seeds and chia seeds
almost every day, I have these little pourers. You just take it out and you just drizzle
some on your cereal, or your salad, soup, whatever it is. It’s nice and easy. You don’t have to mess with a bag, keep a
spoon inside. I do the same thing for our chia seeds which
you’re not gonna see it right here because I don’t have the container with me right now. But chia seeds I keep in one of those glass
sugar shakers that you see at a diner that has a little spout that opens and closes. It works excellent. You just drizzle some on whatever it is. And it’s just really nice and easy. You don’t have to fumble with opening a bag,
grabbing a spoon, and all that stuff. Alright. So juice goes up there. So let’s look at the rest of the fridge. So this is the fridge right here. So let’s talk about the shelves. The coldest part of the fridge is gonna be
the bottom of the fridge back. Bottom back is always gonna be the coldest
part of the fridge. So if you think about the air inside of your
house. The cold air always falls so if you have a
basement it’s always going to fall to the basement. While the hot air is gonna rise to the top
level of your house. Same thing with the fridge. The hot air is gonna rise to the top and be
in the top shelf right here. So anything you have that needs to be really
cold like milk, yogurt, dairy, anything else if it’s in that category, keep it toward the
back of the fridge. So in the very back is yogurt. There’s some keifer here. This isn’t dairy milk, but that hangs out
right there. And then there’s more dairy back here. It’s all the way in the back so it’s nice
and cold. Alright so if we go to the top shelf right
here, leftovers. What you want to do with leftovers is keep
them in the front of the fridge nice and visible so you see them, you remind yourself that
they’re there, and you eat them, and you don’t let them go bad. You don’t want to put your leftovers in the
very back covered where you don’t see them. So keep them nice within eyesight and within
reach. So I like to keep all of my leftovers in glass
containers because of BPA in plastics. It just doesn’t feel good to put food in there. I don’t always do that right now because we’re
in a temporary situation and I don’t have all my glass containers. But when I do, these are the ones I use and
I’ll put a link below. What you can do is put a label on the front
of your leftovers. If you want to write the date of when you
made something. So if you freeze leftovers and then you go
to take it out and put it in the fridge, if you look at the date and make sure it’s still
good. That’s just a helpful way to know how long
something has been sitting or how long it’s been inside of your fridge or freezer. And these containers, they’re leak proof,
they have nice tight lids, and they’re just great glass containers. Alright. Up here I’ll show you that later. The middle section, really nothing special. Down here, so … Actually let’s talk about
this first. Let’s talk about the drawers next. So the drawers, the drawers in your fridge,
they’re not just drawers for storage. They have a purpose. They’re for fruits and vegetables. And if you look closely on the drawer, you
should see a setting for high humidity and low humidity. And basically what that means is … One second. Just turn this off. Okay. So what that means is high humidity is gonna
keep all of the air inside the drawer. So when you turn the setting to high humidity,
it’s gonna close a vent that’s not gonna let air come out of the drawer. As opposed to low humidity, when you set it
on low humidity, it’s gonna open a vent, allowing the air to come out of the drawer into the
rest of the fridge. So in the high humidity drawer, which is this
drawer right here. You want to keep your leafy greens, your herbs,
anything that has the tendency to wilt, you want to keep that in a high humidity environment. So the best way to tell is … I feel like
it’s a little bit confusing. But the best way to tell is you can either
just look up high humidity foods and you’ll find that it’s mostly vegetables. Or when you go to the grocery store, look
at the way … Look at how the farmer is packaging the foods. So for example, here are sprouts in a clam
shell container. If you noticed, there’s no holes in any of
this container. So all of the air is being contained inside
here. This is a high humidity environment inside
this clam shell container. So that’s a sign that this is a high humidity
… This goes in the high humidity drawer of your fridge. Same thing for your spinach. If you notice, your spinach, when you get
them in these containers, there’s no holes. There’s no holes in the entire thing because
you want to keep the moisture locked into there. On the opposite end of the spectrum, low humidity
allows the air to come out of the drawer into the rest of the fridge. So for example, if you think about all of
your berries, so like the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, any kind of berry that comes
in a clam shell container, they’re always gonna have holes in them to allow the air
… And really it’s allowing fruits as they ripen, they release a gas. And so you’re getting that gas out of the
clam shell container. But they have holes. And so this is low humidity allowing the air
to flow out of it. So next time you go to the grocery store,
just be mindful. Look around. Look at how everything is being packaged. And that’s gonna give you a clue on how to
store things. So I just keep one drawer as high humidity,
the other drawer as low humidity. Pretty much vegetables in here, fruits in
here. And yeah. That’s how those drawers are organized. For herbs, what you’re supposed to do to maximize
the lifespan of your herbs is you’re supposed to when you get home, take the herbs out of
the bag, and trim off an inch at the bottom, and then put them in a little bit of water
like this. I do not always do this. I did this when I was organizing the fridge
and I actually really enjoy doing it. So I may continue doing it. But I don’t always do this. So I can’t always say that I do that. And the asparagus, the same thing. When you get the asparagus, you’re supposed
to trim off half an inch or an inch. Put them in a little bit of water. And it’s gonna maximize how long they stay
in the fridge. I don’t always do this either. But this is what … This is how to maximize
your asparagus. Alright. So that is that. Aright. So I try not to use plastic wrap. And a great thing you can do is use something
called … This is a wrap made of beeswax. It is excellent. I’ve been using it for almost three years. This one is new. But I’m gonna show you one that’s almost three
years old. And I’ll show you what it looks like. It’s excellent for anything that … Like
any leftovers or something that doesn’t have a lid or something like that. This one is about three years old. This wrapper. And it just sticks so well. I’m gonna show you something else in a second. But it’s really easy to wash. You just wash it in cool water with some soap. It dries really easily and it works really
well. Alright. So that’s right there. I did want to show you one other thing. Instead of using plastic wrap. I got this tip from Ed. He did this … He was doing this when I met
him and I thought it was so cool. So if you do want to use plastic wrap, you
can always just take a plate and cover it. Cover your bowl just like that. It’s great if you don’t need a tight seal
and you just want to cover something. It just kind of keeps the air out and keeps
other things out. So I thought that was really cool. And if you don’t have a muffin on your plates,
it creates … Oops. Let’s turn the light back on. If you don’t have a muffin on your plate and
you just have a plate over a bowl, it also creates a double self. So now I can stack something else on top of
here because it’s a nice hard surface. So great way to maximize space. And then since I’m telling you about all these
other reasonable options, I thought I’d share these silicone muffin liners that are excellent
for muffins and cupcakes. They just peel really nicely off of the muffin. And you can pop them in the dishwasher. They’re really easy to hand wash. And you don’t have the waste paper or foil
muffin liners. Alright. What else? Oh, this bottom drawer right here. So if you notice, there is vents. So this is gonna be … This is gonna allow
the air to leave the drawer. So I just keep … There’s butter in here,
there’s cheese, hard boiled eggs. So for hard boiled eggs, you could separate
them from the other eggs. You can label them with a smiley face or something
or just put them in a different spot. Anything that I chop up like extra lemon or
onion or something, I just put it in the small section and any time I’m going to reach for
something, I just check if there’s any leftovers. And I don’t usually use plastic bags. I try and minimize my plastic. But right now we’re in a unique situation
so we’re doing the best that we can. Alright. And onions, I keep onions in here. Onions, they’re best stored outside the fridge. That onion’s not gonna last long before I
use it. So I think it’s okay in the fridge. It’s all about doing the best you can. So when it comes to cleaning the fridge … Let’s
just go ahead and close that. When it comes to cleaning the fridge, you
can get into the habit of cleaning your fridge every two to four weeks. I most of the time clean the fridge right
when I get back from the grocery store. Before I put the new groceries inside, I’ll
just wipe down the shelves. It doesn’t take that much time. You can either take everything out of the
fridge if you have a lot of stuff or you can just go shelf by shelf. So a lot of times I just start at the top
shelf, move those things to the middle shelf, clean the shelf, put everything back, put
the middle stuff on the top shelf, clean that shelf. So nothing’s actually leaving the fridge. Everything stays inside. Get in the habit of doing it every two to
four weeks is a great idea. When you notice something has gone bad, go
ahead and pull it out immediately as opposed to just shuffling it around inside the fridge. And when it comes to organizing the fridge,
they make all kinds of organizers for the fridge. My opinion is that because the stuff in the
fridge fluctuates so often, like you go to the grocery store every week and the contents
changes in and out and stuff, I find that it’s actually better to have less organizing
bins in your fridge because the stuff fluctuates. Because when our stuff fluctuates, our system
has to fluctuate as well to keep up with it. And to make it all work because it’s all like
a puzzle. So I find less is more. But do what you like, do what you find works
for you and your family. And I think that was it. That was it. Hope you enjoyed this video. If you’re looking for more support on your
journey to getting organized, you can visit my website Alejandra.tv for more tools and
training on getting organized. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon. Bye.

Comments (100)

  1. Happy you back 😍😍

  2. great fridge tutorial! now i know why my berries mold i seal them no air in high humidity. wow thanks for that!

  3. What do you typically use in place of plastic bags?

  4. Such a good tip, inspecting packaging to determine humidity needs for produce and reusable wraps and covers! I love these new videos focused on smaller, approachable ways to get organized even in temporary places. I’d love tips on how to keep measurements of places or to-be-organized areas in mind and at hand. We moved recently and I’ve been having trouble determining if something I see when I’m out will fit nicely in a space that I would like to add more organization.

  5. Do you worry about chemicals from the silicone muffin wrappers leaching into your food when baked? I have thought about them, but am on the fence. Thanks

  6. fyi if there's an ice maker, the coldest will be at the top… not every fridge is built the same

  7. Every Sunday I Look Forward To Your Videos!! 🤗🤗🤗

  8. I hit like before I even watched this
    Glad you're back!

  9. Hi Alejandra, it’s great to see you again, more relaxed and confident. Your fridge is goals.

  10. Have you moved again? Your kitchen looks different. Glad to see you back!

  11. GET THAT PEANUT BUTTER OUT OF THE FRIDGE!!!

  12. I love these back to basics Organizing tips…I forget alot , so these videos are super helpful…thanks again Alejandra !! 😍 👍

  13. That fridge looks like the one I just bought. It is my dream fridge. Great tips. Now I know how to store my food in my new fridge. I am so excited. 😍

  14. I find it interesting that you say herbs as ‘urbs’. In the UK we say herbs!

  15. Thank you so much for explaining the high humidity vs. no humidity veggies & fruits so simply. Great video – as always!!

  16. Your fridges where you are is different than in the uk. Our fridges have constant cold air in all parts in them.

  17. To keep my carrots 🥕 fresher for longer I keep them submerged in cold water too 🤗

  18. I like that fridge. Seems to have great areas for organization

  19. Sooooo my fridge is definitely not as nice as yours. I definitely need this layout and drawer options.

  20. Alejandra is the best

  21. Till now I didn't get any mail from you..

  22. Regarding 3 days free trial .. workshop by you

  23. Hi Alejandra! You’re back! Or are you? 🤔 Rental house? What happened to your new sprawling fresh organized home? Where’s Moji? I’m confused? 🤔 we love and miss you! Feel free to record a life update bc you’re organizational fans love and miss you?!? 🤷🏽‍♀️

  24. 7:54 there ARE holes in the spinach container!

  25. Omg !!! Yay !!! A new video !!! Thank you so much. So happy to see you back adding videos Alejandra <3 I watching all this time your old videos again and again 😀 you are an inspiration x

  26. What happened to your gorgeous house?

  27. These videos are awesome and so relaxing, you should try ASMR you have a relaxing voice:)!love from Australia

  28. Yay, I'm so excited that you're back 🙂

  29. Thanks, another great video.

  30. Subtitulos en Español por favor!!!

  31. Wow…she is back!

  32. I don't like my milk to be really cold..That means I have to put it on the top part of my fridge..right?

  33. Does anyone else get anxious seeing a person standing besides the open fridge talking, wanting to close the door all the time?
    Also: those are TWO fridges. If you have twice the space it is a bit easier to organise already…
    It's lovely to see you back though! ^_^

  34. Thank you a thousand times for being the voice of reason when it comes to not over-organizing a fridge!! Drives me up the wall to see Pinterest-perfect fridges with bins everywhere–there is no room for change!

  35. What happened with her new house? This is a different house.

  36. I learn something new every time I watch one of your videos. Thank you!

  37. I love your videos so much!!! I can't believe you're back after what seems like ages and I feel so much more organized now. Keep doing what you do!!!

  38. i am LIVING for these videos!!

  39. Do you live in a cabin now?

  40. Don’t you dare mix up your low and high humidity foods…or she’s gonna freak out on you! And if you put the ketchup on the wrong shelf you might wake up with a knife in the back!!!

  41. Wipe everything down before putting it in the fridge,its dirty,don't be surprised,the dirt you will find

  42. I’m glad you’re making videos again!

  43. This is not a new video. Alexandra released it before and I saw it; but I still love her videos

  44. Thanks! I was hoping you’d recommend a stainless steal clear though. 🙂

  45. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a nice day 😘

  46. love that you showed a bees wax wrap 🙂

  47. Fridge unboxing
    https://youtu.be/dXt2tbl0C0s

  48. So glad to see another video! More more more you are so fun to watch 😉 I always learn something!

  49. Plz do makeup organisation

  50. So, I have a request for a video. I've always wanted to know this of professional organizers and general people who love to organize. Where do you store all your organizing tools like bins, lazy Susans, helper shelf racks, etc? I tend to store mine in the basement storage area but then I end up storing them in the office and bedroom closet as well. I would love to see ideas of storage for organizational tools – I hang on to them because I change my systems around all the time.

    Oh and I also wanted to add how great it was to learn about high and low humidity for produce. That clears a lot of things up for me about why some packaging has vents and others don't. One thing I like to do with spinach is put paper towels in there to help keep it from wilting too fast from the moisture.

  51. Is this a new house?

  52. I just can’t. I wouldn’t be able to organize all it. I would have to reorganize each time I take something out. What about thanksgiving or parties.

  53. This is obsession!! High humidity and low humidity? You're kidding me

  54. Aren't the holes in strawberries also for rinsing off the fruits?

  55. You seem to be such a nice person and your videos are amazing! Wow! 💕 It inspires me so much.

  56. Could you do a video on room organisation for students/teenagers? Because we tend to have heaps of stuff and not always a lot of room to put it, let alone neatly.

  57. Omg omg I love this!!! Super helpful

  58. Very well organised fridge. Great advice too about herbs and leafy veg etc. Just one thing you should never do and that’s – never put bananas in a fridge as they go off very quickly. They don’t do well in the fridge. ❤️

  59. 2:30 I SPOT HER STACH OF WEED!!!!!👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿 I’m telling god!!!

  60. I’m so glad you’re back, I hope all is well! ❤️🥳

  61. Have you done a video on laundry room and laundry

  62. Thanks for explaining low humidity vs. high humidity foods. Also…beeswax wraps are now on my shopping list

  63. Are you remodeling? Or is this temporary housing?

  64. she's like monica without the crazy cupboard.
    Also, it's much better to keep berries outside the fridge. Putting them on a windowsill enhances the taste, they are much sweeter that if you refrigerate them as they have extra time to ripen naturally.

  65. I thought I knew everything there is to know about this topic. This video taught me soooo much. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge Alejandra. You are the organization Queen. 💞

  66. high humidity low humidity… my fridge doesn't even have a freezer and sometimes the light wont turn on!

  67. Thank you for the tips regarding humidity and, yes, while I do love drawers to keep things from going bad in the back, due to lack of access, you can send yourself nuts trying to maintain a system where everything actually fits well.

  68. Do you still recommend the containers after reading the reviews and looking at those pictures?

  69. I like how clear your videos are.

  70. Easy to understand and follow.

  71. Awesome! Thank you…

  72. Great tips! Love the videos!

  73. Whats the truth how old is this video ?!?!?! Comment date consperacy

  74. my spinach in the plastic containers go all mushy if left just like that. I put them in a plastic container with paper towel on bottom and top of the spinach container to soak up the dampness and it stays fresh for me like that.

  75. Why are raisins in the refrigerator? You don’t pronounce the T in “often”. I’ve never seen chia seeds that need refrigerated either.

  76. How long something has been “setting”, not “sitting”.

  77. I tell my roommates drawers have purposes. I had a roommate keep potatoes in the drawers and now, I have a roommate keeping yogurt and hummus and cheese in drawers but meat and produce on the shelves.

  78. You don’t put bananas and peanut butter in refrigerators…

  79. You don’t keep muffins in the refrigerator either…

  80. It's interesting how americans keep bulk stuff. Not really a thing anywhere else.

  81. Whats an 'errrrb' ?? Do you mean herbs ? hahaa

  82. Thanks for the humidity tips. Always forget which is which. Glad you’re posting again. :). Miss your vids.

  83. I get you said you’re in a unique situation so your using plastic but I saw you have a lot of Tupperware’s and you could store your cut onions and lemon in there!!

  84. I love your personality 😂 and your videos

  85. I'm confused, can someone please tell me if she has kids?

  86. Yup I keep nuts& brown rice in the frig

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  89. Where is the meat?

  90. Thank you! This is great!

  91. This girl is amazing !

  92. I clicked on this video just to see the food in the fridge…

  93. I wish I was as organized as you are !!! Keep it up

  94. I wish I had someone like you to help me organize my house.

  95. Is anyone else watching this after the inside edetion video

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