This $13 Amazon Find Finally Got My Small Fridge Organized — Plus, It Freed Up So Much Space
Just when I was beginning to feel like our refrigerator was organized, my family and I moved to a new house. We love our new home, but the fridge is almost half the size, so it always feels cramped and disorganized. Every time I open it to grab a LaCroix or make breakfast for my kids, I tell myself, “I need to figure out a system.” This week, I finally came up with one.
While a compact space can serve as motivation to declutter, I didn’t see myself buying fewer groceries because I have a smaller fridge. Instead, I needed to figure out how to make the most of the space I do have — taking advantage of every possible square inch while keeping most-used items visible and accessible. And choosing the right organizing products can be a huge help with that.
The biggest pain point for me was not having enough room to accommodate our canned drinks, so I fixed that problem by investing in a beverage fridge. The lack of door storage space, however, also bothered me. Previously, I stored everyday items like peanut butter and jelly in the doors. With less room this time around, though, these items go on the shelves, leaving me to often spend more time than needed digging behind leftovers when I’m getting my kids’ lunch ready.
What Makes the YouCopia RollOut Fridge Caddy So Great
The YouCopia RollOut Fridge Caddy solved that problem fast (and on the cheap). The clear, acrylic organizer has four compartments, and the dividers are adjustable, making it easy to customize depending on what you put inside. The best part? The organizer has wheels, so you can easily slide it out to grab something rather than reaching your arm into the back of the fridge.
It comes in four-, six-, and nine-inch sizes, for you to choose the one that makes sense for your needs. I went with the four-inch version, as my refrigerator is fairly narrow. I ended up filling mine with peanut butter and jelly jars, because they always get misplaced in the recesses of the fridge and I’m short on door space. Now, when it’s time to make my kids’ lunches, I simply pull the caddy out and grab what I need. It’s also easy to see how much PB is left, so I can re-order it as needed. In the future, I could picture myself using the caddy for yogurt, kids’ snacks, condiments, or even fruit!
If you do decide to take my advice and buy the caddy, there are a few things you should know. While all of the peanut butter and jelly jars I’m storing in it are around the same size, if you’re putting items of different heights in the caddy, I’d recommend putting the tallest in the back so you can easily see every item. Moving the dividers around can help secure taller items too, so they don’t topple when you pull the caddy out.
No matter what you store inside, though, this organizer is an inexpensive-but-impactful way to keep your fridge tidy and your routines convenient.
Buy: YouCopia RollOut Fridge Caddy, 4″ Wide, $12.99
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: The $13 Caddy That Finally Organizes My Small Fridge — And Frees Up Space