Tracy's Treasury Ode to Organizing...
Featuring: Tupperware Fridgesmart!
Have you heard of
I got the hookup this year for Christmas (thanks,
Mom!). Prepare to be
FridgeSmart as a smart system of storing produce, based on how much ventilation it needs. You can open one vent, two vents, or no vents on the tupperware, according to what you're storing in it (there's a handy chart printed right on the side so you always know how to store various foods). And you can store various fruits & veggies together, as long as they're in the same ventilation family.
Why Should You Be Amazed?
Reason #1- FridgeSmart keeps your produce
FRESHER... longer! Way longer! Here's the difference between
strawberries stored in and out of FridgeSmarts for three
Reason #2- FridgeSmart frees up your
produce drawers. We used to have two shelves full of all
sorts of little containers of all sorts of little things we
don't use all that often, but keep on hand. All that stuff
fit in ONE drawer. I filled the other drawer with "grab &
go" snacks- like yogurts, string cheese, etc. (plus drugs for
our high maintenance doggie)
Reason #3- FridgeSmart stacks all nice and
modular, so it makes organization-lovers like myself quite
Now, you put those three fabulous features together, and what do you get?
A total transformation!
Just look at my refrigerator BEFORE and AFTER Fridgesmart.........
Buh-bye clutter, Hello SPACE! That is the exact same amount of food! I didn't mess with the bottom-most drawer (which you can't really see well in my pictures anyway) or the doors at all. Every bit of food you see in the before picture is in the after picture. All the stuff we don't use a lot (all those little containers that took up TWO upper shelves) fit into ONE vegetable drawer. And the rest fit into the other drawer. Our produce is now all in the upper portion of the fridge, in the FridgeSmart containers. A couple are stacked double deep just to show how consolidated they can be. With all this newly-found space though, I'd really spread them out a little.
Something I really like about having the produce "upstairs" and the jars and containers "downstairs", instead of the reverse (the normal way- produce in the produce drawers)... is that the junk we should eat less of as well as the random things we keep on hand but don't need often are out of the way, whereas the produce is the first thing you see when you open the fridge. This is good for me because any food we've bought that needs to be eaten soon gets the prime space (not crammed in somewhere and forgotten). And stuff that sits in the fridge all year is shoved away in a drawer.
As for the disadvantage of the Tupperware FridgeSmart containers... they're a pain to store in cabinets... the suggestion from the Tupperware lady is that you COULD just store your empty pieces right in the fridge, underneath the ones in use, until you get more produce to fill it back up again. Here's a comparison of storing just the filled containers and storing them with the empty ones. It really doesn't take up all that much extra space........
Now... I hate to break your hearts here,
but FridgeSmarts Tupperware containers aren't cheap. But
neither is wasted food. And FridgeSmarts are worth every
penny for all the space I gained in my fridge by reorganizing
it. (Ok, my Mom bought them for me for Christmas so they were
worth all of HER pennies. But I loved them so much that I
bought some more. So they're worth BOTH our pennies!) (I got
a sweet deal on mine on
though my exact set is no longer available, I'd still give it
If you decide to organize your fridge with Tupperware Fridgesmart then snap quick before/after pictures and send it to me with your name and what state you're from! I've recently decided to start featuring my readers' photos. And don't forget to check out other organizational wonders in my Ode to Organizing!