How to Organize Your Fridge and Freezer

How to Organize Your Fridge and Freezer

What should you keep in the crisper? How about the door shelves? Our fridge storage guide breaks it down.

Top Shelf: Leftovers, prepared food and perishable items you don’t want to forget about, like yogurt, dips, and beverages.

Lower Shelves: Raw meat, where it’s colder and it can’t drip on or contaminate other foods. Eggs and dairy – not in the fridge door.

Meat Drawer: Deli meat and cheese – it’s cold in here and will keep longer.

Crisper Drawers: Adjust the settings so one drawer is on high humidity and one is on low.

Low Humidity: Produce with skin, such as apples, pears, berries, and tomatoes.

High Humidity: Leafy, green produce like fresh herbs, spinach, and broccoli.

Fridge Door: Condiments, salad dressing and other items that don’t perish quickly.

Freezer Shelves: Ice cream or other high-fat items.

Freezer Door: Leftovers, frozen vegetables or the ingredients for tomorrow’s dinner – the door shelves are the warmest part.

40 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature for your fridge.

0 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature for your freezer.


  1. Freestanding appliance thermometers are inexpensive and a great way to ensure your fridge and freezer stay at the right temps.
  2. Don’t leave food unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
  3. Don’t freeze fried foods, yogurt or items with high moisture content, like lettuce and watermelon.
  4. Label Storage bins and individually wrapped food items with a date so you know when to toss.