The $6 Five Below Find That’ll Add So Much Extra Storage to Your Mini Fridge (It’s Perfect for Dorms!)

published Oct 4, 2023
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closeup shot of desk that has a red lamp, white planter, supplies and a blue bowl of popcorn. next to the desk is a mini fridge slightly open showing cans inside. on top of the fridge is a mug, coffee press, a green can, and a pink basket with utensils and coffee assortments
Credit: Photo: Christopher Testani; Prop Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart

During my freshman year of college, I had to get used to the harsh reality of living without a full-sized kitchen — namely, without a full-sized fridge. My setup, crammed into the suite’s shared hallway, consisted of a rented mini fridge and freezer with all of my (and my roommates) pantry items balancing precariously on the top. Needless to say, it was a long, long year of constant trips to the dining hall and a cluttered-looking hallway.

All across the board, it’s fair to say that dorm rooms are severely lacking in storage. You might not even have a closet in your room, and only if you’re lucky will you have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom. You have to get creative with organizers and bins just to make it livable — especially in the makeshift kitchen area. But listen up, mini fridge owners: I found a budget-friendly product from Five Below that will make a huge difference in your tiny kitchen. For only $6, this caddy will be a complete and total game-changer.

What is the Mini Fridge Caddy Organizer?

The best part of this 14- by 10-inch organizer is that it provides storage without taking up any extra space. Whether your mini fridge is in a dorm, home office, or in your bedroom, it’ll give you a spot to keep extra snacks, plates, utensils, and more. On either side, there’s a larger compartment toward the bottom and a smaller one placed right above it, and for extra stability, you can even place your coffee maker or another heavy item on top. The caddy even comes in white, grey, and black to best match and blend in with the color of your fridge.

Credit: Five Below

It’s hard to beat so much extra storage for just $6. We’re constantly impressed with Five Below’s range of inexpensive organizers — Apartment Therapy editor Alicia swears by the brand’s $3 collapsible bins — so we have no doubt that this clever item will earn your stamp of approval.