Kristen Hong, who documents her beautifully organized and stocked refrigerators Instagram, is the author and blogger. Her next book,”Love the fridge: Organize your fridge for a healthier and happier lifeis a guide to fridge organization, meal prep, and nutrition. To help you get the organized fridge of your dreams, we enlisted Hong and some of our favorite organizing experts and asked them to help us pick out 20 of the absolute best products for keeping your fridge clean and organized, all for under $20.
Wide Mouth Mason Jars, 4 Pack
“Glass jars are my favorite food storage containers in the refrigerator,” says Hong. “The clear glass helps you easily see what’s in the fridge, and the jars are stackable so you can maximize vertical space.” The 16-ounce size is used to store homemade dips and sauces, fresh herbs and chopped produce for what she calls her “refrigerator salad bar.”
Mason Ball Jars, 2 Pack
Another thing Mason Jars Hong loves is that they come in a variety of sizes, so you can gather a set to suit a lot of different food storage needs. She uses 32-ounce mason jars to store homemade soups and salads as well as pantry. “This size of a mason jar also works very well for a dry pantry of dried beans and grains,” says Hong.
iDesign Linus Rotating Organize
“One of the easiest places to start when organizing your refrigerator is with spices,” says Hong. She loves this clear plastic turntable because it’s small enough to grab from the fridge and put right on the table at dinner time, so her family can easily choose their favorite condiments.
Luminarc Quadro Jug
Hong found a perfect solution for storing drinks in narrow refrigerator doors: “I love the shape and height of this jug,” she says. “You can pour store-bought drinks, or I like to use this pitcher for soaked water or homemade oat milk.”
Jinamart Refrigerator Organizer Boxes, 2 Pack
“I’ve had these stackable bins since I first started organizing my fridge in 2016,” says Hong. She praises the handle’s design, which she says is “durable and easy to use even for my kids,” and the versatility of the boxes.
mDesign Plastic Kitchen Cabinet, Refrigerator or Freezer Food Storage Box
Hong calls this container “a favorite of side-by-side configurations, because it makes efficient use of vertical space.” She uses them in the refrigerator to store boxed or bagged items to prevent what she calls “unintended avalanches.”
iDesign Storage Basket
Hong recommends these wire bins to people who are looking for an alternative to plastic refrigerator containers. It also gives them high marks for versatility, as they can work in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry.
turntable regulator lazy susan
People who cook regularly know how quickly packing small items—half a lemon here, a quarter of a red onion there, all those little bits of cheese, etc.—can become a forgotten jumble of moldy food. Split Lazy Susans are a great way to keep those organized, and since it’s obvious, you’re less likely to forget to use those little quirks.
Reusable silicone storage bag
If your refrigerator is on the smaller side, a lazy Susan may not be the best use of the space. Reusable silicone storage bags can also help keep those small items, like loose produce or leftovers, organized and in plain sight. And because they are reusable, they will save you money on disposable storage bags.
Bee wrap, 3 pack
Another ingredient to know if you’re looking to reduce waste and save money over time is beeswax wrap. It replaces plastic wrap and tin foil, and can be used to cover dishes or baking dishes, or to wrap bulk foods. This set comes with three rolls of different sizes, and can be rinsed with water and reused over and over again.
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Lalastar Pull Out Fridge Storage Drawers
If drawer space in your refrigerator is limited, extra plastic bins are a great problem solver. Unlike over-the-shelf plastic refrigerator storage bins, these are designed to hang under shelves to maximize space. The drawers are mounted on rails, so they slide out like regular fragile drawers for easy access.
Lisa Crone, who documents the process of making her tiny home functional and stylish on the site small houseYou love these multipurpose bins to store food in the fridge or freezer as well as to use in the pantry, or even to put cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
mDesign Stackable Plastic Food Storage Box With Handles
Ann Lightfoot, Professional Organizer and Co-Founder of Home Page Done & Done, calls this basic storage box “one of our versatile staples for organizing in pantries, kitchen cabinets, and refrigerators.”
MineDecor Plastic Stackable Storage Containers, 4 Pack
Busy families with little hands (read: kids) will love these ultra-durable food storage containers. The set of four boxes have snap lids, so they can be stacked, and large handles that make them easy to grab—and because they’re made of soft plastic, they can survive falls without cracking or chipping.
Food Storage Boxes With Handle And Lid
These large capacity BPA free plastic crates have a foldable lid, perfect for storing fruits like apples, oranges, grapes, etc. in an easily accessible container that keeps contents protected while stored. This food storage container works equally well in the pantry as in the refrigerator.
mDesign Slim Stackable Plastic Storage Organizer Bins, 2 Pack
People with smaller refrigerators don’t need to be left out of the organization frenzy: Look for styles designed as “skinny,” which are designed for use in smaller spaces. Just as with almost any organizational function, the refrigerator is where you should look to use the largest possible vertical space; These stackable bins let you do just that.
iDesign Linus Fridge Wine Holder
Beverages can take up a lot of space in your fridge, and if you find you don’t have enough room for large bottles of water, soda or wine, a horizontal bottle holder can help. Home organization expert Nonnahs Driskill, Founding Organizer at Get really organized!, he says of these bottle holders: “Buy two or more to use in the refrigerator for wine and water bottles, or in a cabinet for empty sports/water bottles.”
soda can organizer
If you usually buy canned drinks like soda, soda, or beer instead of bottled drinks, these storage bins will allow you to stack them to increase space. They have high sides to prevent cans from tipping over, and a flat surface that allows you to stack more than one container on top of another to maximize vertical space in your refrigerator.
mDesign Organizer Box for Tall Soda Cans / Pop Cans
The tall, skinny can is becoming increasingly popular – if you’re a fan of hard drinks, you’re familiar with these types of cans. If your favorite beverage comes in a tall can, this organizer is specifically designed to accommodate it.
Refrigerator Mats, 5 Pack
If cleaning the refrigerator is a scary chore, refrigerator mats can be a real lifesaver. This set of five brushes can be cut to fit the exact size and design of your refrigerator shelves, and makes cleaning up spills as easy as pie. And because the mats are made of a food-safe material, you can store unwrapped fruits and vegetables directly on them.