A person storing a container of fruit in a side-by-side refrigerator door

HOW TO ORGANIZE A SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

Side-by-side refrigerators deliver the space and versatility that make storing your groceries a simple task. Over time, though, your fridge doors and shelves can become cluttered. 

Knowing how to properly organize your side-by-side fridge can help save you time in the long run. Follow along with this guide for helpful side-by-side refrigerator organization ideas that can ensure your fridge is being used to its maximum potential.

A woman storing a container of fruit in a side-by-side refrigerator door A woman storing a container of fruit in a side-by-side refrigerator door

5-STEP GUIDE TO SIDE-BY-SIDE FRIDGE ORGANIZATION

Learning about optimal food conditions, specialized storage compartments and the storage needs of different food in your side-by-side fridge can help keep food fresh. Save time and money at the grocery store by maintaining an ideal environment for storing food with the fridge storage tips and ideas in this guide.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO ORGANIZE YOUR SIDE-BY-SIDE FRIDGE

SUPPLIES
  • White vinegar

  • Hot water

TOOLS
  • Clean cloth or sponge
An empty refrigerator shelf

STEP 1: CLEAN THE FRIDGE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR

Regularly cleaning your fridge can help you maximize storage space, organize your kitchen and ensure a fresh environment for your food by clearing out unwanted items. To clean your side-by-side fridge, start by removing all food and removable parts, including the shelves and drawers, before wiping down the inside and outside of the appliance.

 

To give the exterior of your fridge a thorough clean, use a gentle cleaner like affresh®1 to help return the shine to your stainless steel appliances. To clean the interior of your fridge, use a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water to hand-wash all surfaces and removable parts before rinsing and drying thoroughly. Be sure to give all areas of your fridge a good cleaning, from your crisper drawers to your shelves, creating a clean slate for organization.

A person storing items in a fridge door shelf

STEP 2: ORGANIZE THE DOOR BINS AND COMPARTMENTS

The bins situated on the interior side of your fridge doors are an ideal place for storing less perishable items like butter or soda and items with longer shelf lives. The proximity of the door also grants you easy access to the items you reach for regularly, such as condiments.

Containers of fresh ingredients stored on fridge shelves

STEP 3: DESIGNATE AREAS AND STOCK THE FRIDGE SHELVES

Front and center, the shelves of your side-by-side fridge are great for storing everyday, non-produce items like jarred pasta sauce, dips or containers for leftovers. To make it easier to grab the items you're looking for, you can try grouping similar foods together.

 

Keep in mind that there can be slight differences in temperature between fridge shelves, so it’s important to keep this mind when designating areas to store your items. In general, the lower shelves are usually a bit cooler than the upper shelves. For example, the upper shelves may be an accessible place to store items like milk or eggs while the bottom shelves are best for keeping perishable foods like meat.

A person storing apples in a fridge crisper drawer

STEP 4: PLACE ITEMS IN THE FRIDGE DRAWERS

Storage drawers are a particularly practical feature of side-by-side refrigerators. They provide a specialized storage environment to help keep sensitive ingredients fresh longer. Use your fridge's deli drawer for items like highly perishable meats and cheeses and crisper drawers for fruits and vegetables. 


Most side-by-side fridges come with two crisper drawers which allow you to adjust the flow of air to the bins, affecting humidity. Use a high humidity crisper drawer to keep thin-skinned fruits and vegetables fresh, like spinach, broccoli or strawberries. For thick-skinned fruits and vegetables like peppers or apples, use a low humidity crisper drawer.

A woman removing an item from a side-by-side fridge freezer compartment

STEP 5: ORGANIZE THE FREEZER SIDE

Keep the freezer side of your fridge looking and feeling organized to store items from frozen berries to your family’s favorite TV dinners. When storing items in the freezer side of your fridge, line items up vertically using freezer-safe bins and storage containers so you can easily see what you have and take out what you need.

 

Also consider organizing freezer items by expiration date. Just as organizing the items you use the most is helpful, ensuring items that will expire sooner are more accessible in the freezer can result in less food waste and less searching and re-organizing.

SHOP MAYTAG® SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATORS

Maytag® side-by-side refrigerators combine spacious interior design with adjustable storage options to help give you easy access to your most used ingredients. Explore the full collection of refrigerators by Maytag brand to ensure a more manageable cooking process and tame your messy kitchen.

Various frozen meals stored in a fridge Various frozen meals stored in a fridge

HOW DO I MAXIMIZE THE SPACE IN MY SIDE-BY-SIDE FRIDGE?

You can maximize the space in your side-by-side fridge by not only knowing where to store specific items in the fridge but also about the specific storage options of your appliance. Take full advantage of your storage space with these tips and helpful side-by-side refrigerator organization ideas.

SIDE-BY-SIDE FRIDGE ORGANIZATION TIPS & TRICKS

1. CONSIDER ACCESSIBILITY AND PLACEMENT

Take advantage of all the interior space in your fridge by keeping less frequently used items at the back of the shelves. The vertical shelves of side-by-side fridges allow you to place items high or low as needed, giving you the ability to keep your most-used items at eye level for quick and easy access when you need them.

2. UTILIZE ADJUSTABLE STORAGE FEATURES

Select side-by-side fridges like these side-by-side models by Maytag brand feature adjustable shelves that allow you to store items of different sizes from tall and narrow, to short and wide.

3. AVOID OVERFILLING THE FRIDGE

Avoid overstuffing your fridge, which can lead to blocked vents that prevent proper air circulation and your fridge not cooling properly. By appropriately filling your fridge, you can help ensure proper airflow and create an organized space where everything is easy to locate.

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1. affresh® brand products and the recommending brands’ products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.