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A mini refrigerator is an important asset for every college student and more or less a necessity. A compact refrigerator in your dorm room will make anyone feel more at home. It can store beverages, snacks, milk, leftover food and perhaps even that special treat brought from home! What you stock your fridge with will determine how healthy you eat while living in a dorm room.

The most popular items that students tend to stock their fridge are:

• Milk
• Cheese
• Sandwich meat
• Frozen meals
• Fruit & Yogurt
• Takeout & Leftovers
• Eggs
• Condiments

Now I will provide you with a few tips on how to keep your fridge clean and organized, because an organized fridge is not only a more efficient space – it’s also a big money saver! There are many techniques you can use to organize the various items you keep stocked in your mini fridge. This will help to keep items in your fridge from being pushed to the back, where they may stay. So stop throwing away your hard-earned cash and start making your fridge work for you.

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The key to successful stocking starts with your trip to the grocery store! Remember, you have a small fridge so you will most likely need to make multiple trips to the store because buying items in bulk simply won’t work when you have such a small space to store cold items. I suggest weekly trips! Also, you have to limit which freezer foods you buy because the freezer portion of most mini-fridges tend to be the smallest compartments. Which is okay, because fresh foods are better for you anyways!

Beverages: The great thing about soda and water bottles is that they won’t go bad when left out of the fridge! I usually keep a case of water and a case of diet coke beside my fridge and restock as I drink them because this allows for more room for other snacks and such. The best place to put drinks in a smaller fridge is almost always the door, saving the rest of your space for more bulky items like takeout boxes!

Deli Meats and Cheeses: Items like these are ones that you want to keep away from other items so they don’t get smashed. You will want to keep this location either on a bottom shelf or in a bin to keep it from dripping and contaminating other foods. Group these similar items together in the small bins at the bottom of your fridge! Condiments, salad dressings, cheeses, lunch meats, and other meats will be easy to find when they’re in a single location.

Fruits and Veggies: These items would probably fit best in a separate drawer all to themselves towards the bottom. A good way to store produce that’s sure to keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer, would be to place them into Green Produce Bags. This will accomplish two things. First, they keep your vegetables easily accessible in one convenient spot – no more expensive produce shoved to the back and forgotten about! Second, they keep your vegetables fresh longer, giving you more time to use them and lessening the chance of a spoiled, rotten mess.

Takeout & Leftovers: Leftovers can quickly become out of hand and take up too much space in your fridge. Designating a shelf just to leftovers will help to prevent them from getting pushed back into a corner and forgotten. One easy trick is to use tape and a marker to put the date and contents on leftovers before putting them in. Knowing what’s in each dish and when to toss it at a glance will be a big help in keeping your refrigerator organized!

Others: I would designate the last available shelf in your fridge to your other snack foods such as yogurt, milk, eggs, and condiments. These tend to be the items you will reach for first so I would place them on a top shelf for easy access.

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  1. Charley Small Fridge says:
    Hey great idea, it is interesting to see how people use their mini refrigerators. The more organized amongst us will be able to fit more in I reckon, but then again it depends what it is used for! Mine has a freezer, not separate but part of the fridge, which is a bit of a waste of space really – but some people might like frozen popsicles.
  2. Interesting survey – I suppose people buy a mini fridge for different purposes and that could affect what they put in it. Eg some people may store their lunch at work or students might use it as a beer cooler. Personally, I use mine for the latter!
  3. frostfrigobar says:
    minibar fridge is mainly for personal uses. Its comes with key lock features for better personalized and standard uses.
  4. Globalteckz Team says:
    We have a mini fridge specifically crafted for Offices, we initially thought to have a water cooler but due to limited functionality of water cooler we thought to buy frigobar.

    It works well – we can add variety of items specially, cakes, cold drinks and other stuffs specially for our clients.

    That I feel another advantage of mini fridges is that they are multi purpose specially in office

    Globalteckz Team

  5. I bought a 4.0 cu ft Frigidaire from Lowe’s for $150 about a year ago. I got it to keep in my bedroom and protect my food. It has worked fantastic and this frig can hold a lot than you think.
    It has a 4.5″x13″ freezer inside. The frig shelf holds 4 gallons of milk along with couple 2 liters and there is still plenty of space on bottom and top for more food. The door can a couple 2 liters,12 cans and still have space for cheese, sandwiches can biscuits, etc. The top of frig can be used to store cereal, bread, etc.
    If you want to keep people out of your stuff, this works.
    If you feel you need extra security, get a rubber coated cable and lock from HD or Lowes.
  6. I bought mini fridge just that my mother in law keeps an eye all time when i am going in kitchen for eating and doesnot leaves the kitchen untill i takeout something for myself to eat in that way it was really hard to eat something i was just hating this all but this mini fridge idea for keeping in my room save me from those eyes . Its very convenient and i like it soo much and keeps cool everything and works well 🙂

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