We’ve all been there. Chances are that the same refrigerator has a number of items that you no longer need or want, but are still stored away due to lack of organization and space.
What if we told you there was a way to increase your food storage capacity simply by reorganizing your refrigerator? This is what Marie Kondo offers and her KonMari method, a revolutionary organization system designed to make our lives easier by promoting storage. If you want to know more about this effective way to increase space in refrigerators, read on!
Stock your fridge the Marie Kondo way.
Step 1: Empty your refrigerator.
Start by emptying all the contents of your refrigerator onto the counter or other easily accessible space. This will give you the opportunity to take stock of all the foods that are currently in your fridge, and get rid of any that are out of date or no longer meet your needs.
Step 2: Sort your items.
Sort all items on the counter into categories. This will help you create a visual representation of what you have and determine which foods are taking up a lot of space in your fridge. For example, separate condiments, beverages, dairy, and leftovers into separate piles so you can easily see the amount of items in each group.
Step 3: Clean the shelves.
Clean the inside of your refrigerator. Take the opportunity to check for damage and to clean the shelves if necessary. This will ensure that food does not spoil too quickly if there is too much moisture in the refrigerator.
Step 4: Use containers and storage solutions.
Using containers or storage solutions will help organize your food and avoid spills or mess if something leaks or breaks in the fridge. Using airtight containers helps keep food fresher longer and saves space in the refrigerator by arranging multiple items in one container instead of placing them on different shelves or in plastic bags or containers.
Step 5: Label your items.
Label your food items properly so you know when they are stored and when they should be thrown away. Always make sure to label each box with its contents and the date so that whoever opens the fridge will know exactly what each item is in before deciding whether or not it can be eaten!
Step 6: Start storage by reason.
Items should be arranged according to purpose and frequency of use, not arbitrarily arranged by shelf or compartment. For example, frequently used condiments should be placed at eye level, while infrequently used items should be kept on lower levels or in less visible places.
Step 7: Don’t dump your fridge.
Put everything back in the fridge, leaving plenty of space between items so that air can circulate around them evenly and keep them cool all the time. This helps maintain better temperatures so the food will last longer! Also, make sure all labels face outwards so they can be easily read when looking for a specific item on the shelves.
More tips from Marie Kondo to keep your space organized with ease.
To maintain a clutter-free space. Marie Kondo recommends taking inventory each week (or however often works best for you) and discarding expired foods or condiments that are no longer used before their expiration date.
It’s also important to make sure no product has spilled over since last week’s cleaning so your fridge stays neat and clean all week! Finally, don’t forget to wipe the shelves periodically with a damp cloth to avoid serious damage from spills!
Fight against hoarding.
The 2019 pandemic has brought many changes in the way we live and organize our lives. A major problem that some of us have developed during the lockdown is the tendency to fill the fridge with food. This is especially harmful for those who lead an active lifestyle and often eat at home. Not only does it take up extra space that could be used to store leftovers, as Marie Kondo said, but it also fills the fridge with all kinds of rotting vegetables and fruits that produce bad odors. !
By limiting the capacity of your refrigerator to 30%, you can be sure to keep all your leftovers organized and clean, without worrying that they will get damaged or contaminated. It’s so much easier than having to toss out those delicious lemons every week!