Creating enough space in the fridge to hold all your food is sometimes tricky.

In fact, we’ve all been there - you scramble and rearrange, but it feels like you can’t spare to take anything out. Worst of all, this happens even if you have a large fridge.

And if you live with a tiny fridge, well… I feel ya.

Lucky for us, there are dozens of awesome fridge storage hacks that help save space for very cheap - sometimes entirely for free.

Keep on reading to find out!

“I tried organizing my fridge to make more room and somehow I have less space than I did before. I even threw like five things in the trash. How does that make sense?” - said everyone who ever tried organizing a fridge

Mason Jars as Salad Containers

Mason jars can help you keep salads fresh for weeks.
Mason jars can help you keep salads fresh for weeks. Source: SimpleMost

Storing groceries in Mason jars largely increases their shelf life - they can remain fresh for two to three weeks with this hack.

And better yet, it saves storage space!

Stack Bottles with a Binder Clip

Binder clips are useful to stack bottles inside your fridge.
Binder clips are useful to stack bottles inside your fridge. Source: Good House Keeping

Bottles are usually a little awkward to store inside fridges - most fridges don’t seem to have a good enough area for it.

But luckily, in 1910 the binder clip was invented by a man named Louis E. Baltzley. Funnily enough, that was three years before the invention of home refrigerators.

The more you know, right?

With a simple binder clip you can create a firm stand to keep a stack of bottles in one place (like the image above)!

Use a Lazy Susan as a Turntable

A lazy susan will make it easier to reach the depths of your fridge.
A lazy susan will make it easier to reach the depths of your fridge.Source: Martha Stewart

Here’s scenario number 1:

You wonder where something is for weeks. When you finally find it deep down in the back of the fridge, it’s already gone bad.

Here’s scenario number 2:

You want something from the back of the fridge. You scramble things around to reach it and end up knocking things down in the process.

Using a lazy susan as a turntable (or an actual turntable) fixes both problems in one go - simply turn the plate to reach anything on the back!

Egg Cartons

Egg cartons can be used to stack condiment bottles neatly.
Egg cartons can be used to stack condiment bottles neatly.Source: Chasing Foxes

There are two great things about this egg carton fridge hack:

  • Not only does it save space for these condiment bottles that are sometimes awkward to store, but…
  • It also already keeps them upside down, making it easier on you to get the desired condiment out when needed, even there’s only a little left!

However, there’s yet another hack you can use to save condiment storage space: put them all inside same-sized bottles! This solves the awkwardness of those weird shapes conflicting with your limited fridge space.

Clear Bins

Clear bins make it easy to spot and organize everything in your fridge.
Clear bins make it easy to spot and organize everything in your fridge.Source: Decorating Your Small Space

The beauty of using clear bins is that they save a lot of space by keeping everything organized and within their own boundaries…while keeping everything visible and easy to find at a glance.

Alternatively, you can also label the bins for extra convenience!

Magnets

Yep, organizing the fridge is so hardcore we are now defying gravity.
Yep, organizing the fridge is so hardcore we are now defying gravity. Source: Tatertots & Jello

Take advantage of the vertical space in your fridge by gluing strong magnets to small plastic containers. Ba-da-bing! Instant storage hack!

With these plastic containers and these magnets you can make this hack for less than $20!

Foods You Should Not Refrigerate

There are many things you don’t need to refrigerate.
There are many things you don’t need to refrigerate.Source: MNN

It’s very common to refrigerate these, but they really shouldn’t be - knowing this will save you a lot of space you can use for other things:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Coffee
  • Tomatoes
  • Honey
  • Onions
  • Oils
  • Garlic
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter

And suddenly you have room in your fridge once again!


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