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Despite the costs, refrigerators actually help you save time and money by saving leftovers and letting you make fewer trips to the market. To make the most out of this invaluable kitchen investment, here are some ways to get the most out of the precious space inside.

Eat leftovers first!

Leftovers take up a major amount of space in the average household refrigerator. Before whipping up a new dinner that would create more leftovers, consider feasting on what’s already in the fridge. They’re still good if stored right, especially if they’re from the recipes section.

Use stackable containers

Bowls and plates take up a lot of unneeded space. Invest in sealable plastic containers that you can stack up on top of each other to save space. They’re also great for keeping odors under control.

Label your food

Stick a small piece of masking tape on your containers with the date the meal was cooked. This way, you’ll know if you could free up some space by tossing them out. Don’t worry about sticker residue—masking tape is easy to remove from most surfaces.

Make a list

If you want to organize on a whole new level, you can even keep an easy-to-view list of what you’ve been storing for the week. Now, you can plan your meals more efficiently to save more space. It doesn’t even have to be on a piece of paper—you can just write on your refrigerator door with a whiteboard marker!

Check Before opening

“Duplicates” take space! Before popping open a new jar of food, check your refrigerator to make sure that you don’t already have a previously opened jar. Most unopened jars or bottles can be stored in your kitchen without refrigeration.

Remove “safe” items

Certain food items like whole tomatoes, whole onions, and whole potatoes don’t need to be refrigerated. Take them out to save space.


1. Produce You Should Never Put In The Fridge. The Huffington Post. [Online] August 31, 2012.

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