Quick Tips, Easy Tricks: Optimize Your Kitchen and Your Cooking

PART I

Fridge Hacks That Will Change Your Life

You’re super organized: to-do lists, sticky notes, and color-coding are part of your daily routine. But, as it seems for most people, your fridge isn’t as organized as the rest of your life—abandoned leftovers, forgotten produce, and a mix of condiments that you can’t sort through. Say goodbye to the disarray with these clever fridge hacks that are sure to help you keep things organized, accessible, and fresher longer.

STORE CONDIMENTS ON A LAZY SUSAN

Always digging around for that jar of mustard or bottle of dressing? Stash a Lazy Susan in your fridge and use it as a designated condiment holder. When you're desperately in need of hot sauce, all it takes is a whirl to locate the exact bottle you need.

STORE LEFTOVERS TOGETHER

A carton of Chinese takeout in one corner, yesterday’s half-eaten lunch in a drawer, last night's roast chicken remnants stashed on a shelf sound familiar? Finding the leftovers you want is usually half the battle. Designate a specific drawer or shelf for leftovers so you'll know exactly what your options are. The Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator offers customizable shelf arrangement and interior storage to accommodate containers of various shapes and sizes, making it easier to maintain your "leftovers-only" spot.

INVEST IN SQUARE (NOT CIRCULAR) CLEAR CONTAINERS

For smart storage, go with square- or rectangle-shaped containers instead of round ones—they take up less space in your fridge and stack efficiently. Make sure they're clear, so it's a cinch to see their contents at a glance and nothing goes to waste.

Label food containers with their contents

Labeling your bagged items and food containers helps ensure leftovers get eaten, produce doesn’t go to waste, and everything gets put back where it belongs.

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LABEL ITEMS WITH PAINTER'S TAPE

Plain old painter’s tape: a simple tool that's essential for anyone who wants to stay organized. Labeling your bagged items and food containers with their contents and expiration dates helps ensure leftovers get eaten, produce doesn’t go to waste, and everything gets put back where it belongs. The tape is easy to write on and sticks well, but it comes off in a snap without tearing or leaving behind a sticky residue.

KEEP A GROCERY LIST ON YOUR FRONT DOOR

Attach a dry-erase whiteboard to the outside of your fridge so you can write down grocery items as they run out. This way, your shopping list will always be up-to-date. Before you leave for the store, all you need to do is take a picture of the whiteboard on your phone—instant shopping list. The Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator has a Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel exterior that resists fingerprints and cleans easily—a bonus when you’re touching the fridge to update the grocery list, or when little hands touch the door handles and other areas.

This feature was produced in collaboration between The Foundry and Frigidaire Gallery.
The editorial staff was not involved with the creation or production of this content.

©2016. TIME Inc. All Rights Reserved

This feature was produced in collaboration between The Foundry and Frigidaire Gallery.
The editorial staff was not involved with the creation or production of this content.

©2016. TIME Inc. All Rights Reserved