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This Fridge Organization Advice Will Stop Your Food from Going Bad

A fridge's doors are open to reveal fresh vegetables and fruit.
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We can’t all have perfectly stocked fridges that look like a professional came in and organized them. That doesn’t mean you can’t take away some tips that’ll help.

According to one expert, there’s a way to organize your fridge that’ll help prevent spoiled food, and it’s actually pretty simple.

Shira Gill, a professional organizer, recommended cleaning out your entire fridge, wiping everything down, and then going back in for organization. When you do, the key to ensuring your food doesn’t go bad is to keep everything with upcoming expiration dates—as well as leftovers—near the front.

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Organize your items with these handy containers.

“Put anything that would expire or go bad right in the front of the fridge,” said Gill. “Must-eat foods. Put produce in crisper drawers and dairy, eggs, and leftovers on upper shelves. Put beverages and condiments on shelves in the door.”

Since your food will be right there as soon as you open the door, you’ll be more likely to eat it. This means it won’t get lost in the back of the fridge.

Gill’s other trick? Decanting. The expert said that it’s not just about where you place the food, it’s also about if it looks appetizing, and decanting can help.

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“I suggest decanting as much as you can out of packaging,” said Gill. “What I see a lot is people shove in leftovers, etc., [but] it doesn’t look appealing so it doesn’t get eaten and it expires.”

Now that you’ve got your fridge’s organization squared away, check out these tips for organizing your pantry, too.

[Via The Spruce]

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