Refrigerators may be one of the most important appliances in our homes. After all, the fridge is the lifeline for our food. They do come with a few storage compartments, however, it’s unfortunately not enough! The fridge can become a cluttered mess quickly which makes searching for food frustrating. Further, a disorganized fridge can also increase rotten leftovers as things are pushed to the back or forgotten about.
We’re going to show you how you can organize your fridge on a budget! All of these products and ideas can be found at your local dollar store. We’ve compiled some excellent DIY ideas as well as products you can order right from the Dollar Tree! So let’s get organizing and save you some money while doing it!
A great way to add additional storage in your fridge is to use plastic storage bins. The dollar store is filled with a large assortment of sizes and colors!
Choose your favorite color and have all the bins match or utilize this idea, clear bins! Clear is always a great idea because not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it helps you see everything clearly. These storage bins also have a lip which will help you pull the bins out of the fridge smoothly.
https://www.dollartree.com/essentials-plastic-fridge-storage-bins/235334 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
Kids are constantly asking for snacks, especially after a long day at school! So why not implement this awesome refrigerator snack box.
The organizers often come with at least 2 or 3 drawers so you can designate a drawer for each child. This way they won’t fight over snacks and in result will create fairness! If you don’t have children you can use this idea for your own snacks or use it as additional storage for lunch meats, cheese, and more!
https://pinningwithpurpose.blogspot.com/2013/12/refrigerator-snack-box.html PHOTOS AND IDEA HERE: PINNING WITH PURPOSE
Increase the shelf space in your fridge by utilizing these wire shelves. They serve a great purpose in your kitchen cupboards, in the pantry and would be an amazing tool in the fridge too!
You no longer have to stack containers on top of one another once you start using these shelves!
https://www.dollartree.com/essentials-white-wire-cabinet-shelves/235346 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
This storage idea is for the outside of your fridge. We often clutter the fridge door with decorative magnets, drawings from your little ones and so on but why not create a practical magnet?
These magnetic fridge baskets would be great to commonly used store spices, pens, or anything that you might need easily accessible. Simply hot glue a few dollar store magnets to the back of these storage containers and attach the baskets to the side or front of your fridge.
https://www.dollartree.com/long-slotted-multi-purpose-plastic-baskets-3ct-packs/236537 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
How are you storing your soda cans? If you’re storing them in the fridge in the box the came in, let me stop you right there!
The next time you stock up on your favorite soda or sparkling water be sure to use this awesome soda can organizer! Not only does this organizer keep the soda cans neatly stack, but as you take out the first can, the next one will slide right into place!
https://www.dollartree.com/essentials-plastic-fridge-soda-can-storage-organizers/235333 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
Now that you’ve implemented drawers and bins in your fridge it’s time to ensure that they stay organized. A great way to do that is to implement labels.
The dollar store offers a great assortment of different kinds of labels. These will range in different colors and shapes – there really is something for everyone!
https://www.dollartree.com/assorted-self-adhesive-paper-labels/206421 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
A great way to keep a running inventory of the items in your fridge is to use a whiteboard. The dollar store often has magnetic whiteboards in all different sizes.
Place it on the front or the side of your fridge and record your grocery list. You can also use this as a place for reminders for the whole family!
https://www.dollartree.com/jot-dry-erase-boards-with-eraser-topped-markers/178414 PHOTOS AND PRODUCT HERE: DOLLAR TREE
In addition to a whiteboard, a magnetic note pad would also be an excellent idea. While you keep a running inventory on your whiteboard, start building your grocery list on the note pad.
These notepads will come in handy because come grocery day, you can simply rip off that sheet of paper and take your grocery list with you. You’ll definitely stay on top of your groceries with this idea!
https://www.dollartree.com/jot-60-sheet-magnetic-list-notepads/195976 PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE
Thankfully fridges come with built-in shelves and drawers for storage however some of these storage compartments are not very deep. This wire basket idea helps to increase linear storage space inside your fridge.
Place this wire basket inside your fridge door. You could use it to store loose eggs or anything you’d like!
http://raisinguprubies.blogspot.com/2013/01/simplify-your-kitchen.html PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: RAISING UP RUBIES
Another great way to maximize the storage space inside your fridge is to use these suction cup caddies. Head to your local dollar store and pick up a package of suction cup hooks and a few baskets.
You’ll want the baskets to be about the size or a pencil holder. Then simply suction the hooks to the wall inside of your fridge and then use the holes to hang the baskets. Then you’ll be ready to store snacks, cheese, lunch meats, or anything your heart desires.
https://www.dollartree.com/colorful-rectangular-slotted-plastic-storage-baskets/197539 PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE
Lazy Susan’s have proved to be an amazing tool in the kitchen. They’re great for storing overstock in the pantry, for sharing condiments on the kitchen table and are even great for storing condiments in the fridge!
If your dollar store doesn’t carry lazy Susans follow this tutorial to make your own using round cake pans and a package of marbles from the dollar store. Store everyday condiments on the lazy susan and you’ll have a constant 360-degree view.
https://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/dollar-store-lazy-susan-organizing-idea/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE
In contrast, some dollar stores carry ready-made Lazy Susan’s and if that’s the case you could skip the DIY hack and try implementing this idea! You can use a lazy Susan in your fridge as well as many different areas in your kitchen.
If you’re able to find one you could use it in the fridge as a condiment caddy or a snack station! For more ways to use it in your kitchen check out these Unique Lazy Susan DIY Hack Ideas: 15 Simple Ways To Organize Your Kitchen.
http://www.forkly.com/kitchen-hacks/lazy-susan-diy-hack-fridge-snack-station/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: FORKLY
Stackable trays are another great organizing tool that will help you maximize your linear space in the fridge. All too often we stack containers upon containers only to create a cluttered mess. These stackable containers allow you easily access common fridge items without having to shuffle everything around.
Further, much like the snack boxes, we talked about earlier, you could also use these as a snack station in the fridge. Assign a tray to each child so that they know exactly where their snacks are.
https://www.dollartree.com/search/go?w=stackable PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE
For more budget-friendly organizing ideas, check out these Genius Ways to Organize Your Pantry Using Dollar Store Items.