Your refrigerator is the workhorse of your kitchen. It keeps produce fresh, it holds your leftovers, and it chills your chardonnay. In return, you need to give it a little bit of attention and keep it organized (although, that's more for your own sanity).
Here's the best fridge-related advice we gave you in 2017.
1. You've gotta take care of your fridge.
Just like you and your cast iron skillet, your fridge needs some TLC once in a while. Take care of it and it'll take care of your perishable groceries.
Caring for Your Fridge
We know it. And you know it. It's time you got around to doing it. Don't stress — we've got some stories to help you along the way.
Cleaning Out Your Fridge
3. There are some tricks to organizing the shelves.
What to put where? How to keep it all neat and organized? We can help with both of those things.
Fridge Organizing Tips
4. And to cleaning it.
Of course, you've got to clean the shelves, drawers, and even that rubber gasket around the door. Keep reading to learn how to do it.
Follow our instructions: How To Clean the Refrigerator
5. Plastic baggies can help you get even more organized.
Zip-top bags hardly take up any space at all. Plus, they're clear, so you can see what you have. And they're not as wasteful as you might think.
6. There are some ways to deal with those nasty odors.
Despite keeping a clean and organized fridge, stinky odors can still develop in there. We can help you find them and deal with them.
Banish Fridge Smells
7. You should add an empty egg carton.
An egg carton is narrow enough to fit on most refrigerator shelves. And by cutting the top half off, the bottom half is exposed and able to hold condiments. Simply put one upside-down bottle in each cavity (where the eggs usually go) and the carton will help each bottle stand up.
8. It's possible to get a small fridge.
Not looking for a 28-cubic-foot refrigerator? Need something small and slim for a city kitchen? Here's a look at some of the most widely available and popular options for small refrigerators.
9. Just don't go too small.
Inspired by the Parisian lifestyle, one of our writers bought a small fridge and almost instantly wished she hadn't.
10. In fact, we have some tips for buying one.
Actually, before you buy a fridge — large or small — you're going to want to read this advice.