How many times do I “go into” my refrigerator and realize I need to reorganize it? Well, it isn’t as small as this circa 1927 model, but there are ways to fit twice as much in the fridge. 1). Get extra space by removing the egg tray. Some standard refrigerators come with an egg tray on the door. Eggs last longer placed inside the fridge because of warm air whenever the door is opened. Removing the egg tray allows for extra space for jars and other containers. 2) Adjust the shelves for maximum storage space. Most people leave shelves in the same place the factory put them, but realize they are adjustable. If you buy a lot of tall items such as milk, juice, and tall bottles of iced tea or soda, one of the best space savers is to set one shelf taller than the tallest container by a couple of inches. 3). Gain 30% more room by tossing extra packaging around a 6-pack of soda or “box” of Snapple iced tea. This allows for better fitting. 4). Storing items such as bread and coffee in the fridge does not make them keep longer. Condensation, cold, and flucturating temperatures make them dry out faster than in the cabinet. Also, fruits such as tomatoes, melons, and oranges spoil faster at cooler temperatures. Store them on the counter. 5). Bag items and gain more room. Big plastic containers for storing leftovers are bulky. Divide among zip-lock bags. Even better, try vacuum sealing bags (Reynolds Handi-vac sealing systems that remove excess air, shutting down bacteria and shrinking the bag.) How long do foods really last? Eggs last 3 weeks past the sell-by date. After they are washed, processing plants coat eggs in a protective mineral that blocks bacteria from penetrating the shell’s tiny pores. Milk, if kept at 40 degrees, lasts 5 days past the sell-by date because pasteurization destroys harmful bacteria. Ground beef lasts 2 days past the sell-by date if the package is sealed until you are ready to prepare it.