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Cool, calm and collected: Shelf-by-shelf process on how to organize your fridge

A well-organized refrigerator is a shelf-by-shelf process

By Ron Wolfe

This article was published February 11, 2017 at 4:50 a.m.

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Chef Jolie Mosley, lead culinary instructor at Pulaski Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock, shows how to organize a refrigerator for safety and convenience. The basic idea: Organize according to the coldest shelves, and raw meat goes on the bottom.

Refrigerators generally come with a few basic storage bins built in, but kitchen stores sell additional bins like these to help do away with clutter.

The inside of the refrigerator door is generally the least cool part of the refrigerator — not the place to keep milk, but fi ne for bottled fruit dri...

This refrigerator’s tidy appearance is thanks to things being grouped in clear storage bins. But real life is apt to throw in messy leftovers and reci...

Raw meat goes on the bottom shelf where it can’t drip on anything else. For extra safety, keep even plastic-wrapped meat, as here, in a bowl.

A rack-’em-up canned drink holder like this one stores a dozen beverages in the space of a few loose cans.

Water bottles like these Slimline Fridge Jugs take little space to contain a gallon or more.

The refrigerator’s middle shelf is likely the coldest spot in the cooler — the place to keep eggs, milk and other dairy products.

Inside doors are so handy, but these shelves are easy to clutter with things that don’t belong here — foods that require colder storage. Organized, th...

The best time to raid the refrigerator is not midnight, but right now for the kind of raid that probably needs doing the most.

Refrigerators generally come with a few basic storage bins built in, but kitchen stores sell additional bins like these to help do away with clutter.

The inside of the refrigerator door is generally the least cool part of the refrigerator — not the place to keep milk, but fi ne for bottled fruit dri...

This refrigerator’s tidy appearance is thanks to things being grouped in clear storage bins. But real life is apt to throw in messy leftovers and reci...

Raw meat goes on the bottom shelf where it can’t drip on anything else. For extra safety, keep even plastic-wrapped meat, as here, in a bowl.

A rack-’em-up canned drink holder like this one stores a dozen beverages in the space of a few loose cans.

Water bottles like these Slimline Fridge Jugs take little space to contain a gallon or more.

The refrigerator’s middle shelf is likely the coldest spot in the cooler — the place to keep eggs, milk and other dairy products.

Inside doors are so handy, but these shelves are easy to clutter with things that don’t belong here — foods that require colder storage. Organized, th...

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