If you’re like us and practicing social distancing right now, you’re probably looking for a small project to tackle while you’re home-bound. Here’s an idea: transform your refrigerator shelves into a plastic-free, well-organized, and eye-catching storage zone.

For inspiration, we’re sharing an image of the immaculate interior of a refrigerator we photographed for our last book, Remodelista: The Organized Home. It’s aspirational, for sure (none of our fridges look quite this neat and pretty), but we figure we could all use a little more beauty in the everyday right now.

Photography by Matthew Williams, styling by Alexa Hotz, for Remodelista: The Organized Home.

This image appears in our book, Remodelista: The Organized Home, in the chapter on kitchens.
Above: This image appears in our book, Remodelista: The Organized Home, in the chapter on kitchens.

Steal This Look

You can source Weck Storage Jars practically anywhere these days. Schoolhouse carries a large selection of sizes; $6 to $.
Above: You can source Weck Storage Jars practically anywhere these days. Schoolhouse carries a large selection of sizes; $6 to $10.
The Japanese-made Kaico Canister Set features scratch-resistant enameled steel and vacuum seals; $5 for the set at Nalata Nalata.
Above: The Japanese-made Kaico Canister Set features scratch-resistant enameled steel and vacuum seals; $135 for the set at Nalata Nalata.

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Above: Search for “Vintage Glass Refrigerator Jars” on Etsy and eBay, and you’ll find a trove of good-looking options.

The small Stainless Steel All-Clad Colander is great for storing berries in the refrigerator; class=
Above: The small Stainless Steel All-Clad Colander is great for storing berries in the refrigerator; 1.5 quart is $49.95 at Williams Sonoma.
Use Mesh Reusable Produce Bags instead of disposable plastic versions; from $3.75 at Simple Ecology.
Above: Use Mesh Reusable Produce Bags instead of disposable plastic versions; from $3.75 at Simple Ecology.
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Above: Bee’s Wrap is, well, the bee’s knees. A superb alternative to plastic wrap; $18 for an assorted three-pack (in each size) at Amazon.
Another replacement for plastic wrap—Cloth Dish Covers. We like the ones from Ambatalia best; they&#8
Above: Another replacement for plastic wrap—Cloth Dish Covers. We like the ones from Ambatalia best; they’re reversible, have two layers to contain odors, and come in the prettiest fabrics; $65 for a set of five sizes.
Why use boring masking tape to label your food containers when you can use Solid Color Washi Tape in a fun color? $class=
Above: Why use boring masking tape to label your food containers when you can use Solid Color Washi Tape in a fun color? $1.34 at Papermart.
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Above: It’s the little things that count—like good-looking clips to ensure a tight seal. Pictured are versions from (from left) Labour & Wait, Museum of Useful Things, and Present & Correct. In the featured image at top, an Aluminium Peg from Labour & Wait keeps the paper bag sealed tight; £9.50 for a bag of 24.

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