How to Organize Vegetable Bins


Vegetable bins can be a messy business, just like a big tote bag. Frequently used vegetables tend to stay on the top. Infrequently used veggies drift to the bottom and are soon forgotten. Organizing vegetable bins is an individual task, based largely on what you and your family like to eat. However, anyone can benefit from using a few inexpensive tools to manage their vegetables. When you can find your vegetables easily, it is more likely that you will use them before they go bad. You will also avoid purchasing duplicates of vegetables you already have.

Step 1

Measure the vegetable bins inside your refrigerator. Note whether or not their bottoms are sloped in any way.

Step 2

Measure the interior dimensions of the cabinet, including length, width, height, and depth. Note what type of cabinet it is (wood, metal, or another material) so you will know if you need to purchase special screws.

Step 3

Install adjustable drawer dividers to fit the vegetable bins in your refrigerator. If the bottoms are not sloped or an otherwise special shape, you should be able to find suitable drawer dividers at home organization stores. Check with the manufacturer of your refrigerator if your vegetable bins are a special shape.

Step 4

Install mesh organizer drawers that mount on sliding rails inside your cabinet. Follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Step 5

Arrange vegetables in bins according to what you use most frequently. Store potatoes, onions and other root vegetables in the mesh drawers in your cabinet. Store peppers, celery and other perishable vegetables in your refrigerator vegetable bins.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures convert the starches in potatoes into sugar, which changes their taste and texture. When cooked, especially if they have been in the refrigerator for a long time, they will be mealy and gummy. Keep potatoes in a cool (but not cold) dark place, such as a mesh drawer in your cabinet, a basement or a cellar.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Empty, shelf-free cabinet


  • "The Professional Chef"; Culinary Institute of America; 2006
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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.