Experts warn against common refrigerator organizing mistakes

The organization of the refrigerator will make it more spacious and functional, which will save us money and help us reduce food waste.

Organizing your kitchen can be difficult because of the awkwardly shaped containers and perishable food. Deep shelves are also a problem, as things can get lost and forgotten.

Refrigerator Organizing Mistakes To Avoid

Home organizers and appliance experts have identified the refrigerator organizing errors we make and shared some tips to help you get your fridge under control.


Modern refrigerators often have a temperature-adjustable deli drawer under the main doors. If you do have a deli drawer, then it is a good idea to make use of the extra space. Andrew Brown, an appliance technician at The Fixed House, says that sliced deli foods such as turkey, ham, and roast beef are best stored in the deli cabinet to keep them fresher longer.

Overfilling It

The refrigerator can easily become overfilled with items. Laura Price is the founder of The Home Organisation. She says that one of the most important things to remember when organizing your fridges is not to overfill them.

An overly full fridge will have a hard time keeping everything cool, and it’ll be less efficient. So always keep an eye on what you store. What is expired? What are you sure you won’t be using?

What doesn’t need to be kept in the refrigerator? The more items you remove that don’t belong in the fridge, the easier you will find it to manage your fridge and to know what you have.

Laura suggests moving things around and organizing the pantry to ensure that everything is put in its proper place. This will prevent your fridge from becoming disorganized. It will be much easier to clean your refrigerator if you take things out.

Laura Price wanted to help others enjoy the benefits of an organized lifestyle after she discovered that living in an organized home brought her peace while raising three children. The Home Organisation is a team of dedicated professional organizers.


Laura Price says that she tries to limit the amount of jars inside the fridge, as they are usually the items that are only used once before being forgotten. To prevent this from happening, we store jars of similar items on the front door so they are easily visible and accessible.

It’s easy to put them at the back of the shelf and never look at them again.

The Wrong Place to Put Condiments

Kristy says that condiments belong on the front door. It’s best to keep herbs on the door, which is where the temperature fluctuates the most. Perishables like milk should be kept in the middle of the refrigerator.

Kristy says that anything that does not specifically state it should be refrigerated shouldn’t be. Use your pantry to store any products that should not be placed in the fridge.

Not Zoning Your Refrigerator

Creating zones in your refrigerator for different food items will revolutionize the way you store your food and make it easier to cook.

It’s important to organize your fridge in zones so you can keep track of everything and avoid nasty surprises at the back. Laura Price says. Laura Price says: ‘We follow a standard pattern, starting with dairy products at the top and moving down to deli and leftovers. Raw meat and fish are then placed at the bottom. These natural foods should be kept lower so that they don’t contaminate the ready-to-eat food.


The egg shells can absorb bacteria and odors from other foods. It’s better to leave them in their original carton. Although it may look better to remove the eggs and place them in plastic containers instead of keeping them in their original carton, this is faster and easier and protects them from fridge odors.

Which shelf in a refrigerator should food be stored on?

Andrew Brown, an appliance repair technician, says that to prolong the shelf-life of your food while avoiding cross-contamination, you should arrange it as follows:

Raw Meat: Store raw meats and poultry such as pork, beef, chicken, and turkey on the lowest shelf. This is where they are coldest. This will prevent any juices from dripping onto other foods, causing contamination.

Dairy Products Store milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt on the middle shelves in the refrigerator, where the temperature will be most stable.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Store most fruits and vegetables in crisper drawers. This will help to maintain their texture and keep them from drying.

Deli meats: Store sliced deli meats like ham, roast beef, and turkey in the deli drawer.

Beverages: Store beverages such as juices, water, and soda on the upper shelves.

Eggs Store eggs in their original cartons and place them on the lowest shelf of your refrigerator, ideally near the evaporator coil.

Leftovers: Store leftovers in airtight containers on the upper shelves.

Condiments: Store condiments on the shelves of the doors, as the temperature will be less constant.