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Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

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Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

Today is grocery shopping and food prep day. We have our lists made and are ready to pre-cook our meals for the week.

When cooking ahead, before shopping is the best time for us to clean out and prep the refrigerator. That’s usually when it’s emptiest. Every couple of weeks, I use the day before shopping to quick-clean and tidy up the fridge. Once it’s clean and neat, we can cook our weekly meals and store everything with ease.

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

I’m going to tell you how I do my quick clean, but keep in mind, this is not a deep clean. It’s a spot cleaning that doesn’t require me to empty the contents of the whole refrigerator. This type of cleaning is what I do in between deep cleanings to tackle spills and crumbs. So let me share a few tips for keeping your fridge neat and clean.

1. Discard any and all products that are expired or you just aren’t going to eat. 

2. Move as much as you can to one shelf in the refrigerator and wipe the empty shelves. 

3. Once shelves are clean, line them with contact paper. Contact paper is a great way to make cleanup easier next time and make your shelves look pretty. 

4. Replace and organize the contents in the refrigerator. 

5. Store food in airtight, 100% leak proof, crystal clear, stackable Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ containers.

Once the refrigerator is clean, I can fill it with our grocery haul and pre-cooked meals. 

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

In my refrigerator, the top two shelves are the most important. I designate each shelf to hold specific items we’ll need throughout the week. The top shelf is fruit and snacks. The second shelf is where we store our precooked meals. The lower shelves and drawers are for dairy, sandwich supplies and for thawing foods.

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

After pre-cooking each meal, I store the food in Rubbermaid® containers. My favorite right now are the new Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™premium food storage containers. They are crystal clear, sleek and stackable. The containers can be purchased separately or as a 10 piece set at most Walmart stores. 

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

What I love about these is how easy it makes identifying the contents. I have colored storage containers and while they match my kitchen color scheme, I always have to open them to see what’s inside. These Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™solves that problem. Another great thing about these is they are stain and odor resistant. I’ve never had a problem with odors in my storage containers, but stains…yes! I make pasta and nachos almost every week and those two dishes are major culprits for staining my storage containers. With the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ containers, that problem is solved. No more red-hued storage containers for me!

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

I really love how these containers stack too, making it easy for me to group the items for individual meals together. And the biggest difference with the new Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™containers is they are 100% leak proof. Nothing is spilling out of these containers once it’s sealed. I feel like my food is also going to stay fresher with these because when I’m sealing it, I actually hear air being pushed out of the container.

I really love seeing my refrigerator clean and neat, don’t you? If you get these, don’t even buy pieces, just grab the 10 pc. Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ set so you have all of the containers you need to prep a full meal. The set comes with five containers and lids in various sizes. Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ is available nationwide at Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon and fine retailers.

Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

My husband absolutely loves these containers. After our Sunday meal prep, our refrigerator is jam-packed. I mean every crevice is occupied by something. Now when he looks through the containers on the meal shelf, he can easily find what he needs, grab it and go.


Are you still working on being organized this year? How would you use the NEW Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™containers to organize your home? 


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30 thoughts on “Tips for keeping your refrigerator neat and clean

  1. Boy do I need this post. Our fridge has been a mess since my daughter's been born. These Rubbermaid containers look so nice though, I might have to find these! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Meal.prep and plan saves me money and eases stress! Great tips and ideas.

  3. I love those containers! It's so nice to be able to see what's inside.

  4. My SIL is excellent at containering things (is that word?). Makes good sense, that's for sure!

  5. This is a great idea to do before loading the fridge up with my large grocery shopping trip! (client)

  6. Love those tips! My refrigerator is a complete mess at the moment. I love using Rubbermaid containers to keep things fresh.

  7. I could definitely afford to clean my fridge a bit more. Sometimes lettuce gets pushed to the back of the fridge where it goes to die (and/or mold). I think if I could see things a bit more clearly, that wouldn't happen!

  8. You have inspired me for sure! I love those containers. I have clear container, but not as nice as these ones. I love them and plus they are stackable. I have a small fridge and I need to optimize my space better. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Omg your fridge is so neat… Mine looks like a bomb site with about a thousand different things in it haha! Great post.

  10. I follow a similar process with my refrigerator. Good tips.

  11. Thanks for sharing your tips! Am also kin on using transparent storage containers for foods and even my other stuffs, so I could easily identify each 🙂

  12. Oh wow your refrigerator is clean! Love how you keep it organized especially even after you like meal prep! That's amazing! I am so terrible with keeping my fridge clean and organized so this gave me a bit of inspiration to try and get myself more organized!


  13. I know I bring leftovers home but mostly I just need to not bring them home or toss them really quickly. I know it's an important thing to do.

  14. I like these ideas. It would be super nice to have a roomy refrigerator again for our next shopping trip.

  15. I really need to set a day aside and clean out the fridge. I'm organized but not when it comes to food storage. Thank you for sharing! The photos are really helpful 🙂

  16. We actually threw away our old containers and invested in clear containers for our food. It's so great to open the refrigerator and SEE everything we have!

  17. I wish my refrigerator looked that gorgeous! With four kids, including toddlers, getting in and out of it, well let's just say it doesn't stay organized for long!

  18. You are SO organized! Good work! I took a few great tips here from your article so thank you for that! I also need to invest in some new food storage containers as well.

  19. Oh I love those containers! Im a huge fan of an organized and clean fridge!

  20. Your refrigerator absolutely puts mine to shame! Shamefully, I have everything crammed in there…but I do like to line my vegetable drawers with parchment paper Great tips on organization!

  21. Those containers are so nice! I always mark sunday as my clean the house day and that includes throwing away any leftovers and organising the refrigerator for the week ahead! Love your tips!

  22. I love your tips on organisation: I pretty much do the same thing. I haven't tried the contact paper hack though. Are these storage boxes available worldwide?

  23. This is great! I always throw away food but with the glass shelves I'd love to have something there for an easier cleanup! I am trying to stay more organized this year and get of items I no longer need and also store things properly so that they aren't in the way. I love Rubbermaid storage containers. I have an entire cabinet dedicated to Tupperware so I won't lose the lids! Haha!

  24. This is quite informative! I really like the containers as well. Being able to see exactly what your looking for makes it so easy to grab and go and you'll never guess what is inside. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Thank you for this! I really need to clean my fridge. It's looking pretty frightening right now. I'm a little afraid to start.

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