The fridge has a special spot in Canadians' homes. According to a recent survey we commissioned, for 3 in 5 Canadian millennials, organizing their fridge is important. Moreover, a majority of Canadians see effective organization of the fridge not only as functional, but also inspiring them to cook more at home (53%) and eat more fruits and vegetables (52%). To help Canadians put their best fridge forward, we partnered with noted interior stylist Sarah Gunn to create the ultimate "Fridge Goals".
A former Home & Garden Director for one of Canada’s top lifestyle magazines, Sarah is regularly featured on TV, offering design advice and DIY techniques. She’s known for her beautiful tablescapes, emphasizing the kitchen and dining room within the home.
When sharing her thoughts on fridge design, Sarah revealed something we expect many Canadians can relate to: "Your fridge is one of the hardest working spots in your home. But when it's cluttered, it can also be the most stressful!"
To help address this, Sarah shared these simple styling tips to help you take your fridge from messy and frustrating to stylish and functional:
1. Edit you eats
Each week, before grocery shopping, take a few minutes to clear out expired items and leftovers you no longer need.
Place soon-to-expire items near the front of the fridge as a reminder to use them soon.
2. Location is everything
Group similar items together, using trays or baskets to help keep things organized. If you’re unsure where different items belong:
- The bottom shelf is the coldest part of the fridge. Store high-protein items like eggs here.
- Use the top two shelves for leftovers, snacks, and yogurt. This a good spot for your Becel® with Avocado Oil too. It can be used as a 1:1 substitution to butter for when cooking, sautéing, baking and spreading so it is versatile with lots of different recipes.
- Store fresh fruit and vegetables in the produce drawers. If possible, set the humidity level high for vegetables and lower for fruit.
- The door is the warmest area of the fridge. Save this for condiments, sauces and drinks, rather than eggs or milk.
3. Layer up
Just like any space in your home, layering is key. When you are placing items in your fridge, stack larger items at the back and lower, smaller items in front.
4. Remove any guesswork
Accessories will tie your fridge together and make it feel complete. Remove any guesswork by storing food in clear glass or stackable containers. That way, when preparing a meal, you’ll be able to see what you need with a quick glance.
Whether you live with a roommate or need to organize school lunches, using colour-coded containers and assigning each person a section of the fridge ensures everyone knows what belongs to them.
Feeling inspired by Sarah’s styling tips? Feel free to share your re-designed fridges with us on social media. We’d love for you to tag us at @BecelCA and use #FridgeGoals to show how Sarah’s tips inspired you.