Simple Ways To Keep Your Fridge Clean And Organized

Do you have to deal with not enough room in your fridge as well? We are a military family which means whenever we move, we don’t ever know what to expect from the new housing or neither can we choose appliances. Most housing is already setup and all appliances are installed.

We are currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where everything is so much smaller. Our apartment has a small fridge, which was a big change for us. So, I made a plan on how to organize and clean our fridge to maximize the space and time spent maintaining it.

Today, I want to share all my tips and tricks for Simple Ways To Keep Your Fridge Clean And Organize!

Here we go…

Fridge Organizing Tips - Before

Storing Meat, bread, and smaller jars (yes, we store our bread in the fridge because of the high humidity on Okinawa) in the fridge has been such a hassle for us. The meat compartment is to small, bread in its bag always suck on the rack or glassand smaller jars somehow always ended up in the back of the fridge and I had to empty an entire rack just to get to it.

Let me add that I have two toddlers that love to stick their heads in the fridge and rearrange everything. So, that should explain the chaos my fridge was in before I gave it a makeover.

Simple Ways To Keep Your Fridge Clean And Organized:

  • The first crucial part of this makeover is that I want to be able to clean the fridge in a matter of 5 minutes or less
  • Having multiple compartments that can be pulled out will allow me to clean quickly.
  • Organizing the fridge on a budget can be done if you shop items from a Dollar store (be creative, there are lots of items that can be used)
  • Use all available space to maximize your storage space
  • Adjust or add racks to achieve more storage space
  • Place items in the door compartments for quick access
  • Use long organizing trays that can be pulled out (this will make storing and reaching items in the back of the fridge – easy peasy)
  • Organizer cucumbers or carrots upright to maximize your veggie compartment
  • Organize Foods Based On Their Purpose Or Type
  • Store Leftovers At Eye Level
  • Line The Shelves
  • Wipe Down Sticky Bottles Or Jars

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  • Cut longer items in half or multiple sizes to store them better
  • Do NOT store items all the way in the back because they can freeze up
  • Place heavy items on the bottom of your veggie compartment so they don’t add marks on fragile items.
  • Clean the fridge every other week, to
  • When defrosting add the meat to a tray or into a ziplock bag in case, it leaks.
  • Toss out what’s old
  • Place a Baking Soda pack to the back to remove any odor
  • Clean racks and glass shelves with vinegar water and dish soap (combine all these ingredients in a spray bottle: 1cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1/4cup dish soap)

Fridge Organizing Tips- Freezer space tips

Freezer tips:

  • Add additional racks to your freezer to maximize your storage
  • Use the door compartment for Bread or Freezer packs
  • Separate Meat from Veggies and Fruit
  • Add freezer save organizing bins, to store smaller items or open bags
  • Clean the ice from the freezer back once a month depending on how fast your freezer is icing up.

Fridge Organizing Tips- Use all spaces possible

Fridge Organizing Tips- Veggie Storage

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Share below what you do to keep your fridge clean and organized, Thank you!




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  1. Hi Betty 🙂

    My husband & I were stationed in Okinawa many moons ago. :). I follow this blog, but hadn’t known you were stationed there! We have many fond memories from Okinawa!!

    I would love to hear from you by email.

    1. Hi Deb, I was so surprised that two of you actually commented about Oki, we love it here it’s our 2nd time being here and my hubbies 3rd. You are welcome to email me, you can find my email on the right-hand side on top of my website which is

      P.s Thank you for your service.
      xo Betty

  2. Hi Betty,
    We were stationed on Okinawa from 1985-88 and loved it! Lived off base one year then got housing on Kadena for 2 years. You really have to get creative for storage (especially off base) don’t you! Looks like you are doing a great job. Enjoy your time there, you will look back at it fondly.

    1. Hi Susan, so glad you stopped by! It’s actually my husbands 3rd time on Oki, and my second. The first time we lived off base and it was AMAZING! This time, we got into a tower on Kinser and are on the 9th floor. Scary to think of earthquakes, but we love the view.
      P.s Thank you for your service.
      xo Betty

      1. Gosh Betty, thank YOU and your sweet husband. Two trips for you and three for him! You all are the best!
        Take care and thanks for taking time to write! Let us know if we can do anything for you all from this end.
        Love from the States!

    2. Hi ladies 🙂

      My husband and I were there 1987-1991 while he was stationed with the army at Fort Buckner. After a year off base we moved onto Futenma housing.

      Many many good memories there – during those simpler times.

      We still play “Okinawa trivia” – we test to see who can recall a store or restaurant name. 🙂

      Blessings and friendship across the miles,

  3. Love the small plastic containers! What size is the refrigerator? My refrigerator is 24 x 80 (h), so it is shallow and better for urban areas that lack space. Will have to try the containers.

    1. Hi Tammara, our fridge is a 33 x 62 (h) it is a government issued fridge and that’s pretty much all you can get here.
      We used to have one of the biggest fridges back in the states, so coming here was a big change for us.
      I hope you will find some of the containers, to give your own fridge a makeover.

  4. Looking at your pictures having small containers inside your fridge just makes perfect sense! Does look like it makes life easier.

    Jasmine x

    1. Jasmine, I swear it totally does. Especially when you have kids that are constantly poking their heads in to see what else they can chum down.
      Before they used to pull all my stuff out the fridge to get to what the wanted, now they just pull out a container. Makes life easier for sure.