Living with Ivey’s Fridge Refresh

Right before the holidays is the perfect time to get your refrigerator organized. I was thrilled to collaborate with Ivey Leidy, a Integrative Health Coach and Certified Nutrition Expert, and all around lovely lady for a total makeover of her fridge just in time for Thanksgiving.

First things first, there is definitely a method to fridge organizing madness. Start here!

Step One: Remove everything from the fridge.

Every member of the family goes in and out of the fridge multiple times a day, which means it tends to get disorganized quickly.

Step Two: Declutter expired food and condiments.

You’ll likely come across less than fresh items in your fridge. Pay close attention to dates on condiments and sauces and toss anything that’s expired.

Step Three: Clean all surfaces.

Ivey, a healthy living lifestyle expert, recommends a non toxic, all purpose cleaner made from: 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups filtered water and 20 drops of essential oils. Essential oils that have natural antibacterial properties include lavender, peppermint, lemon, tea tree, cedar wood, eucalyptus and cinnamon, according to Ivey.

Don’t forget to clean the outside of your fridge as well. All those fingerprints on the stainless steel! Ivey has a great recipe for a non toxic stainless steel cleaner: ½ cup olive oil, 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 20 drops of lemon essential oil.

Step Four: Sort like with like and create categories.

– Examples of categories include fresh fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, condiments, breakfast, beverages and leftovers.

– Consider family favorites and kids’ snacks to set-up zones in your fridge.

– Just like in the pantry, keep fresh fruit and veggies easily accessible to encourage healthy snacking.

– Keep items you use everyday at eye level. Save upper and lower shelves for lesser-used items.

– Create categories for condiments, too. Think: dressings, everyday use like mustard, and cuisine types like Asian, Mexican, and Italian.

Step Five: Contain and label to keep things organized.

– Use bins to maintain freshness for eggs, berries, and produce. Although plastic, all bins are BPA free for food safety.

– Use portable bins for go to categories like yogurt and snacks.

– Go vertical with stacking bins and drawers on fridge shelves to maximize space.

– When possible, use glass jars and decanters for dressings, sauces, and beverages for a uniform look.

– Finally, remove items from packaging to save space. You’ll also be able to easily see your supply.

Thanks to iDesign for the amazing product we used for this project.