Keeping a fridge well organized is a challenge all its own, but throw in a couple hungry kids trying to get in there to get their snacks and you’ve got a real situation on your hands. Luckily there are lots of easy storage solutions and tricks out there these days to help you keep your fridge as organized as possible. Try these 3 organization solutions to help you and your kids get what you need out of the fridge and into your bellies.
Snacks at their eye level
An easy first step to organize your fridge for your kids is to put everything you want them to eat at their eye level. Store things like juice boxes, yoghurt, cheese sticks or their favourite snacks on a shelf that’s low enough for them to reach and keep it towards the front. This way when they come home from summer camp or school, the first thing they’ll see is their snacks.
Store each snack in its own bin or container to keep things neat and tidy. You can buy special fridge storage containers or go to the dollar store for these. Let the little kids know this is their special snack section, making it more of a big deal will encourage them to go right for their own snacks.
For older kids who might be looking for a bigger snack than a cheese stick, keep leftovers in glass containers so they know what’s in there. Glass containers are also dishwasher and microwave safe, so they can reheat and eat out of one dish, making less work for clean up after.
Keep breakables up and away
Now that you’ve moved the kid’s snacks to the lower shelves and to the front, it’s time to move all the breakable things out of their reach. Things like eggs and glass jars should be moved to higher up shelves and towards the back. This also works for your food you don’t want them to eat. If they can’t see it, they won’t know it’s there.
Out of sight, out of their hands
We’ve got an easy trick when it comes to less-than-healthy treats such as ice cream and popsicles. Keep sweets in old food containers and bags they’d never think to open. You’d be surprised by how easily a pint of ice cream fits into a resealable bag of frozen veggies. This trick keeps treats out of sight, out of their hands, and into yours. Just make sure the kids don’t see you taking popsicles out of the brussel sprouts bag.
Try making these easy changes the next time you unpack your groceries. You’ll see results almost immediately and your kids will be getting their own healthy snacks in no time. Now if only the rest of your home was as easy to organize as your fridge… Happy snacking!