Once you've cleared your fridge of those items that don't need to be in there (see my previous post), then it's time to fill up all that space with items you can, and should, put in your fridge.
- LAZY SUSAN / TURNTABLE - this has been a game-changer for us. We are a nut butter family: peanut, almond, cashew and more. But, whatever you put on this, it will change your whole fridge set-up. Some people put yogurt and other dairy items on here and stack 'em up. I bought ours at Bed Bath & Beyond for less than $7. We have a Copco 12-inch non-skid turntable, and, if you use a 20% coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond, with tax, you pay less than $7. There's no more reaching or digging in the back...you can see what you need at eye-level.
- AVOCADOS - once they've ripened, put them in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.
- BANANAS - once they've ripened, put them in the fridge...their peels will turn black, but the fruit itself will still be good for several days. I actually take ripe bananas, peel them, mash then in a freezable container and then freeze. After frozen, it's a real treat and low-cal too...it's like banana ice cream! Another option is to cut the banana into chunks and freeze...pull out what you need for your smoothies
- CANDLES - cold wax can burn more slowly and drip less. Added bonus: all your candles are in one place to quickly grab in case of a power outage.
- COLOGNE & EAU DE TOILETTE - help retain their scent for approximately two years, but perfume should be stored at room temperature.
- COOKIES - the homemade kind. Homemade cookies stay fresher longer when refrigerated and they seem to taste better. A cold oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a glass of water...yum!
- FILM - if you're a Y2K baby and beyond, film is an old-school term, like typewriter or telephone or record player. For those who use old-school film, it's best stored in the fridge, but return it to room temperature before opening the container to prevent condensation on the film's surface.
- FLOWERS - cut flowers will last longer if stored in the fridge overnight.
- LIPSTICK - if you buy extra of your favorite color(s), store in the fridge rather than in your purse or bathroom drawer to improve longevity.
- NUT BUTTERS - my personal favorite...the cool temp of the fridge preserves the oil. Before refrigerating, stir once and the oil shouldn't separate from the rest later.
- SEEDS - garden seeds are best stored in a moisture-proof container to prolong their viability.
- WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR - put the bag of flour into a freezer bag, seal and place in your fridge, which will prolong it's shelf life by up to six times than if you just stored in your pantry.
Buy yourself a large bag of baking soda at Costco. Pour about a half cup in a bowl or empty yogurt container or something similar and place on a lower shelf in your fridge. And, then repeat but this time place in your freezer. The baking soda will absorb any odors that appear in your fridge. You don't need to buy those fridge/freezer boxes of baking soda...just pour some into a bowl and replace every three months. And, that Costco-sized bag of baking soda...you'll be amazed at what baking soda can be used for. What are some ways you use baking soda?