My Favorite Organizing Products Series : Part 2 - Pantry, Fridge + Freezer
I want to start out by apologizing, I'm so sorry it took me so long to finish writing this. With all the craziness going on in the world and being stuck in the home with my two little and trying to still work with virtual organizing clients, I got lost there for a minute. Without further ado...
Hello + Welcome to Part 2 of this 10 - part organizing series! We are exploring each area of the home, and discussing what products and tools we can use to get organized. I will share all of my favorites with you as well as a few tips along the way! If you didn't catch Part 1, please go check it out before or after reading this post. Feel free to shoot my any questions you have as well!
Here is the order that we're following:
2) Pantry, Fridge + Freezer
4) Laundry Room + Mudroom
5) Closet (Clothing)
6) Linen + Utility Closets
P A N T R Y.
We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home and that when your kitchen is in order, your whole life is in order... or at least feels like it is. Well, what makes the heart of the home beat? The pantry and fridge, of course! It's what fuels your home and your mind, body and soul.
Can you tell I'm just a little bit passionate about organizing food? But, it's with good reason! Having your food laid out in a way that helps you make healthier choices can be so good for your health and for your mind. I purposely place my treats and other unhealthy choices in hard to reach spots in our pantry. This gives me time to think about the choice I'm making and decide if it is the right time to indulge. It also keeps them away from my kiddos. I like to keep the healthy choices front and center so they are the only things my children can reach on their own (for now).
Having your food organized will also help with meal prepping, planning dinners for the week and grocery shopping. No more buying 3 boxes of cereal when you already have 4 back stock boxes. (I am totally guilty of this in the past!) Use the following items to organize the food in your pantry + fridge.
Glass Jars with Matte Black Lids from The Container Store - $9.99 - $15.99
I absolutely LOVE these glass jars!! There are 3 different sizes, ranging from 1.6 quarts - 3.2 quarts. You can use these for decanting ingredients that you need larger quantities of, such as flours, sugar or even noodles.
Glass Slant Jar with Matte Black Lid from The Container Store - $14.99
These 1 gallon jars match the ones above, however they hold much more than the 3.2 quart canisters. I love the slant on these jars and the large opening, it makes for easy access to contents. Perfect for cookies and snacks like crackers or pretzels. Decanting food not only looks better but more importantly, it keeps out unwanted bugs and insects.
Artisan Glass Canisters with Oak Lids from The Container Store - $12.99 - $15.99
I gravitate toward these jars for decanting ingredients that you need smaller quantities of. I love the look of the oak lids, it adds elegance to any space and is a nice contrast to the matte black lids of the larger canisters. The wood lid also has a rubber seal to keep food fresh longer than if it were in it's original container. These also come in black, if you want to match the jars above.
OXO Good Grips POP 10 - Piece Canisters from The Container Store - $99.99
These very popular canisters are at the top of my favorite products ever. I actually prefer glass but these BPA free jars are a great substitute and cost much less. The round button on the top can be pressed down to release the top, making it a perfectly airtight seal when secured on the canister. They have plenty of sizes and shapes which can be purchased in other sets or individually.
OXO Good Grips POP Cereal Dispenser from The Container Store - $19.99
Pop and Pour with these easy to use dispensing containers. The cereal dispensers can also be used for pretzels, crackers, rice and more!
iDesign Linus Pantry Bins from The Container Store - $12.99 - $24.99
These very versatile bins are another one of my all-time favs! I have used them in almost every pantry or cabinet I've done, as well as using them in my own space. I love that they are clear so you can see what's in them and can categorize foods, so they are easy to find.
iDesign Linus Clear Divided Stackable Bins with Handles from The Container Store - $19.99 - $27.99
These divided bins are stackable which makes them great for storing snacks of all sorts, together yet organized. The crystal clear finish makes it easy to find exactly what you need. There are two sizes to choose from, too!
White Plastic Storage Bins with Handles from The Container Store - $2.99 - $5.99
If you prefer a cleaner look, these are for you. Tuck away your food away in these affordable plastic bins. There are 3 convenient sizes for all your pantry needs.
Vertica Wire Stacking Bins from The Container Store - $18.99 - $21.99
These stackable bins are perfect for storing all kinds of stuff in your pantry. I like to use them for taller water bottles or produce. There a bit on the pricey side but they really create a regal look in your space.
Yamazaki Tosca Baskets with Wooden Handles from The Container Store - $19.99 - $24.99
If I am going for a lighter + airy look, I like to use these baskets instead of the previous product. They aren't stackable but I love the wood handle accent. I use it to tie all the products in together. It also comes in black!
The Home Edit 3 - Tier Shelf from The Container Store - $29.99
This 3 - tier shelf organizer is a must-have for convenience factors. Display your cans in a way you can actually see everything and reach what you need without pulling out or shifting around 10 other items first. It expands from 11-5/8" to 19", storing a total of roughly up to 18 cans.
The Home Edit Divided Lazy Susan from The Container Store - $29.99
Lazy Susan's have got to be one of the best inventions ever, am I right? I love to use them to store sauces, spices and baking goods. This one has a 11-1/2" diameter but they also make a larger and smaller one (not divided).
The Home Edit 2 - Tier Lazy Susan from The Container Store - $25.99
Make the most use of your space with this 2 - tier Lazy Susan. With it's 9-1/2" diameter, it is great for tighter spaces. The second shelf sits at 8-3/4" high, making this tall enough for many items!
iDesign Linus Expandable Cabinet + Spice Rack from The Container Store - $25.99
This spice rack is my first choice because not only is it clear and goes with everything, but it also expands and has a generous lip around each shelf to keep items from sliding off accidentally. It expands from 10-1/2" to 20" to provide ample space for all your spices.
Linus Tea Storage Box from The Container Store - $21.99
Keep your tea or other small packets organized with this handy storage box. These boxes are stackable and have 8 compartments, with a hinged lid to keep everything in place. This is also great for storing small items in a junk drawer!
iDesign Linus Packet Organizer from The Container Store - $12.99
Store all of your packages for cooking and baking in this organizer. It has interior dividers to keep everything upright and organized so whatever you need is always easy to reach in and find.
Linus Coffee Pod Holder from The Container Store - $19.99
Store and organize up to 29 coffee pods, like K-Cups, in this Coffee Pod Holder. With two interior racks to hold pods in place, all of your labels will be upright, making it quick to find what you're looking for.
Hampton Woven Storage Bins with Handles from The Container Store - $16.99 - $29.99
I like to use these baskets to store back stock items in a pantry. They add that Pinterest - Worthy look and feel, yet they are practical. The Hampton Bins are made of durable plastic strapping, which makes them an easy choice for the pantry. If food or crumbs should spill, you can easily wipe these bad boys out, unlike other bins made of natural materials such as Water Hyacinth.
White Elfa Utility Pantry Door + Wall Rack Solution from The Container Store - $113.00
If you have a pantry door, this Elfa Kit is for you! Especially for small spaces. Store all of your most used items on the door so they are easy to reach and well organized.
If you are looking to redesign your the whole pantry, take a look at this.
Custom Labels from The Nitpicky Cleaner - Starting at $1.99/ea
Take your organization to the next level with these Custom Labels, handmade by moi! We have multiple fonts to choose from, or you can find one you like and I will do my best to find the font that matches it. Get the exact quantity, size and style that you want and need in your life. No beautiful pantry is complete without Custom Labels. Email me, Angie, at firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours today!
F R I D G E.
The inside of the fridge can be one of people's least favorite things to look at. Are you one of those people who dread putting groceries away, cooking or prepping lunches because you can't stand the sight of your fridge? Then the following products are for you!
Linus Deep Fridge Bins from The Container Store - $11.99 - $14.99
These stackable bins are my favorite fridge organizational tool. Keep food organized by food groups or by who is eating them with these bins. They have a handy built in handle and the clear sides allow you to find whatever you're looking for quickly. Put our Custom Labels on for added organization and to make it easier for the rest of your family to put things back where they belong.
Linus Deep Divided Fridge Bin from The Container Store - $19.99
I love using these divided bins to store snacks and fruit. It's perfect for containing small packages of yogurt, jello, pudding and fruit cups. Or use it to store two different kinds of fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges.
Linus Fridge Bins Wine Holder from The Container Store - $8.99
These stackable wine holders are perfect for storing multiple bottles of wine in the fridge and maximizing the vertical space. You can also use them for storing larger bottles of fancy water but we all know... us mamas need that wine!
Linus Fridge Bins Egg Holder from The Container Store - $15.99
These stackable Egg Bins are another one of my must have items! It's nice to be able to see at a glance how many eggs you have on hand. It holds and keeps up to 14 eggs safe and visible.
Linus Fridge Bins Soda Can Organizer with Shelf from The Container Store - $19.99
Store up to 9 cans of water, soda or juice with this clear organizer. The removable shelf is a great way to add more storage to your fridge if there is vertical space above the organizer. If you don't need the added shelf, purchase this cheaper one.
Linus Fridge Bins from The Container Store - $8.99 - $11.99
These bins are more like stackable trays. They are great for using every square inch of space in your fridge. Use them to store smaller items such as lunch meats, spare butter and cheeses. (Shown in the bottom right corner of the picture.)
Linus Water Bottle Holder from The Container Store - $15.99
Keep your water bottles contained with this see-through water bottle holder. It holds up to 9 average sized water bottles.
Linus Pantry Bins from The Container Store - $12.99 - $24.99
Store larger quantities of fruit or veggies in these tall, clear bins. Great for taking advantage of the vertical space in the refrigerator.
Clear Compact Plastic Bins 4 - Pack with Clear Lids from The Container Store - $29.99
Store snacks, meal ingredients or produce in these clear, stackable bins.
Anchor Hocking Glass Butter Dish from The Container Store - $5.99
Keep your butter fresher, longer and looking nice in this Glass Butter Dish.
Sliced Cheese Stay Fresh Container from The Container Store $2.99
The perfect solution to that ripped package of American Cheese. Can also be used for sliced deli cheeses.
Cream Cheese Stay Fresh Container from The Container Store - $2.99
Keep that cream cheese nice and tidy with this neat little box. Holds one standard 8oz block of cream cheese.
Anchor Hocking Beverage Dispenser from The Container Store - $29.99
I like to use this in households with children and fill it with watered down all natural juice. It's a convenient way of decanting your beverages that make them appear nicer in your fridge.
Glass 34oz Water Bottles from The Container Store - $7.99
A classy way of decanting your water. Great for carbonated beverages due to the airtight seal.
Glass Pitches from The Container Store $7.99 - $9.99
We personally like to pour our milk and juice into pitches for a nice uniform look. Removing as much packaging and labels from items in the fridge creates a cleaner feel.
Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Set from The Container Store - $39.99
I personally have this set plus a few extra individual pieces and I am in love! I was always a glass/pyrex girl all the way, but seeing that I love all things to be clear and neutral colors, I always hated the blue covers that tend to crack easily. This set is so airtight, it's amazing! Plus food looks fantastic and so appetizing in it! We are working on putting ALL of our food in the fridge into these containers. That's how much I love them!
Borosilicate Glass Food Storage from The Container Store - $3.99 - $9.99
I prefer glass over plastic, however sometimes it isn't possible with kiddos in the home. When my kids are older, I will be purchasing something like these again. I love that the top is see through and the seal is gray instead of a bright color. They are oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. These come in Round, Square and Rectangle shapes.
F R E E Z E R.
Organizing the freezer is probably one of the last things on your to-do list, if it even makes the list. But, I promise, the relief you feel after everything is organized, is well worth the effort. This is especially important if you freeze a lot of left overs or purchase a lot of frozen foods. It can help you with meal prepping and making healthier choices on a daily basis. Also, you know there's something you forgot about hidden in the way back.
Many of the items shown above in the fridge section, such as the whole Linus line, can also be used in the freezer. These are the other items I recommend you consider when organizing the ice-box.
Multi-Purpose Bins from The Container Store - $3.99 - $6.99
These are by far my favorite tool for organizing freezers! They work great in side by side freezers and drawer freezers. The hold boxes and bags of food nice and upright so it's easy to find what you need. I am a fan of Amy's brand of natural + organic frozen meals and these bins keep mine organized.
Yes, these Stasher Bags can get a bit pricey. However, I have tried many other knock off brands and the quality is no where near these bad boys. Anything that holds food in a bag that I purchase, such as frozen cut fruit (for when I'm too lazy to cut it myself), gets poured into Stashers because it keeps food fresh much longer, looks neater and my kids can open and close it themselves, which I haven't decided if that's a good thing or not.
Most of the time, however, I am putting fresh cut fruit & leftover's in these to store in either the fridge or freezer. I love that they are non-toxic, made of platinum silicone and are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Oh and you can also write directly on them and it comes off easily, I've tested it. However I still use freezer sticky labels just to be safe.
They have several different sizes ranging from "pocket" to half gallon in absolutely adorable colors (I love the tropical collection they have now!) and you can save 5 percent on bundles.
Linus Divided Freezer Bins from The Container Store - $14.99 - $21.99
These are a very close second to the Multi-Purpose Bins. The only reason I choose the other ones over these, is the variety in sizes. I do love that these are made from the same Resipreme plastic as the rest of the Linus Series, which I love and always use in the fridge. So if the sizes of the Linus Divided Freezer Bins works for the project I'm doing, I will always choose these first. This is especially important in a side by side freezer where you see the plastic more, these are much more aesthetically pleasing, albeit the price is a bit steeper.
Freezer Storage Baskets from The Container Store - $5.99 - $7.99
Here's another more affordable way to organize your freezer. They are made from vinyl-coated steel wire, which resists rust and won't scratch the interior of your freezer. Choose from two different sizes to help keep your frozen foods nice and tidy.
Phew! That was a whole lot of products thrown at you, so please let me know if you would like any individual assistance on product recommendation and implementation. I am always here to help you navigate. I hope you stick around for Part 3, as we dive into the bathroom next. It's going to be a good one!
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I know I'm not the only one who gets all distraught when my home is disorganized and a mess. I simply don't want unnecessary clutter, which can be avoided, to be yet another cause of stress in your lives. Control what you can, tame the chaos and take back your house then release the rest. I'm here for you, every step of the way!
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