Finding ways to organize shared living spaces is essential for creating a comfortable environment for all roommates.
One of the most common shared living spaces is the refrigerator. A lot of your time at home is spent in the kitchen, not to mention all the energy and money that goes into stocking the refrigerator and cupboards with your favorite snacks. The last thing you want is for your roommates to eat the very carton of ice cream you were saving for that rainy day.
Here are some tips on how to manage your apartment’s food storage space.
First and foremost, decide with your roommates whether or not you will be sharing food or not. Some items, like condiments, might be shared while other more expensive foods should be off-limits to everyone except its purchaser. Whatever rules you come up with, make sure everyone in the apartment is aware of them and agrees to live by them.
You might consider a labeling system to keep others from eating your food. Your name written in permanent marker or colored stickers are ways to show others that you don’t intend on sharing.
Divide up the shelves and drawers of the fridge to make it easier to separate each person’s food.
Be sure to regularly clean your area of the refrigerator. Throw out old food and wipe up any spills or messes. This will eliminate odors and keep your roommates happy.
If you find that your food is constantly going missing, talk to your roommates. Make sure they’re communicating to guests that certain foods are not free game. Communication can solve most problems, but if it persists you can always purchase a mini-fridge to keep in your own private space.
How have you divvied up the items in your refrigerator? What worked and what didn’t? Sound off in the comment section below.