There is one challenge we all share: organizing the refrigerator.

By Jocelyn Ruggiero
Updated March 07, 2019
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Home organization specialist Jeffrey Phillip has a client list that includes celebrities like Gayle King and Katie Couric. No matter your star status, Phillip says there is one challenge we all share: organizing the refrigerator. He suggests seven products that will help tame the mess in this high-traffic appliance.

Open-style bins


These containers are great for grouping small items by task. Keep kids’ lunchbox snacks in one and the fixings for sandwiches in another.
InterDesign Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Trays, $14 at

Glass storage containers


They really are better than plastic. Not only are they way more durable, they can go directly into the oven or microwave.
12-Pc. Glass Storage Set, $50 at

Removeable labels


If you cook, these are essential for dating leftovers. These ones are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Jokari Label Erasable Food Labels with Markers, $9 at

Unified beverage containers


Aside from saving space, these rectangular glass pitchers are much nicer to look at than manufacturers’ milk and juice packaging.
Bormioli Rocco Gelo 2-Piece Glass Pitcher Set with Lids, $21 at

Lazy Susan

Home Depot

When you clean out your fridge, are its remote depths littered with forgotten bottles of Dijon mustard and fish sauce? Get a lazy Susan, and you’ll never lose a condiment again.
Copco Non-Skid Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan Turntable, $12 at

Fridge coasters


No matter how careful you are, from time to time sticky grime will drip down the sides of containers and bottles. These mats make clean-up easy.
Fridge Coaster Starter Pack Chevron Grey, $13 at

Dry-erase decals


Knowing what’s in your fridge is key to actually eating all of it. Write your to-cook list on one of these, and you’ll mitigate the effects of summertime farmers’ market overshopping. It’s an old-school but effective way to avoid waste.
Dry Erase Board Refrigerator Whiteboard Wall Sticker, $14 at