Chrissy Teigen's '4-part refrigerator philosophy' for a seamlessly organized space will save your sanity

The process behind Chrissy-approved fridge organization couldn't be simpler – and it guarantees an aesthetic space that's easy to navigate

Chrissy Teigen
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Model Chrissy Teigen may be accustomed to a fashionable Los Angeles lifestyle, but that doesn't make her immune to everyday chores – including organizing her fridge. 

'My brain is always in cleaning mode, but organizing is something I'm not good at,' she says. And we can sympathize. Sometimes, tapping into our inner Marie Kondo can be tricky, and organizing a refrigerator is a chore that is easy to put off until it reaches a critical state. However, with the right advice, the process doesn't need to be so tedious. 

Enter professional organizer Krystal Guinn, who visited Chrissy's office to demonstrate her 'four-part refrigerator philosophy' – designed to create a seamless, aesthetic space in (you guessed it) four simple steps. 

Krystal Guinn
Krystal Guinn

Krystal is a Los Angeles-based personal organizer who aims to help individuals make sense of their space. She is known to create and implement systems (much like this refrigerator philosophy) that work for her client's lifestyles and make their day-to-day more seamless. 

The four-part refrigerator philosophy – followed by Chrissy Teigen

Organizing a kitchen begins with a fridge that will stay tidier for longer. Here are the steps followed by Chrissy Teigen.

1. Grouping

To start, Chrissy and Krystal empty the fridge completely – ensuring it is easy to refill the space correctly. ‘We’re going to think about grouping. It’s the first and most essential tip,' Krystal says in the footage

Grouping is precisely what the term suggests – keeping like items with like items and focusing on themes and patterns. The expert also recommends storing dairy together, placing condiments in their 'own zone', and creating a designated beverage shelf.

2. Compartmentalizing

Compartmentalizing involves utilizing refrigerator accessories to group items, keeping them clean and organized – using things like lazy Susans (such as this one from Amazon) or acrylic bins, such as the one below. 

The expert recommends removing any goods from larger boxes or unnecessary packaging and placing them in containers. 'This tip will help us stay in the system,' she says.

3. Visibility

'[Visibility] is so important because it's what will help us eliminate waste. So, for example, when something is pushed back too far, it gets lost, and then the next thing we know, it's expired, and we can't use it anymore,' Krystal says. 

Clear containers, much like the ones above, are great for visibility (especially when it comes to leftovers. However, to improve our storage further, she recommends placing taller items in the back – and shorter items at the front.

4. Uniformity

This refrigerator organizing philosophy was designed with practicality in mind – but there is no denying that these tips will lead to a simultaneously good-looking fridge. ‘It’s essentially keeping in mind the flow of your fridge and the aesthetic appeal,' Krystal says. 

To conclude, she recommends stacking beverages by size – and decanting beverages 'for an extra clean aesthetic'.

We're watching – and rewatching – Chrissy and Krystal organizing the fridge above as a reminder of just how simple this process is.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.