We've all been there, you return home from a shop to find that none of the things you've bought fit in the fridge due to it already overflowing with stuff that has been in there for weeks, if not months.

There is a strong chance that the majority of the food you've got stored in there would be better kept, and actually last far longer if stored in a cupboard at room temperature. By storing food the correct way, you can actually help reduce the amount of food you waste via making room in your fridge for the items that do need to be chilled.

According to WRAP, more than seven million tonnes of food is wasted every year so here is a list of 10 everyday household food items you should keep out of the fridge.

1. Bread

Putting bread in the fridge will only make it dry out and go stale faster than it would stored in a cupboard or bread bin.

Always aim to store your loaf in a cool, dry place.

2. Onions

Onions are best kept out of the fridge away from foods that they can tarnish with their stench.

It is vital you keep them in a dark place, otherwise they will sprout. If you use just half of your onion, don't throw the rest away, onions can be frozen for re-use.

3. Garlic

Though many see it as more convenient to store their garlic in their fridge, it is taking up precious space as a food item that could actually be stored in a dry, ventilated area.

4. Avocado

Keeping avocado's in the fridge will rob them of their rock hard texture and turn them to mush, rather than ripening naturally. If you are yet to use them, store them in an open brown bag but if they have already been cut – then they are best stored in the fridge.

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5. Tomato

Ensuring you store your tomatoes at room temperature will make sure they taste better, chilling them in the fridge robs them of their flavour.

6. Honey

Honey is stored in almost every supermarket on a non-refrigerated shelf, so there is no need to keep it chilled in your home. Don't waste fridge space – put it in the cupboard.

7. Cake

Providing your cake doesn't contain real cream, cream cheese filling or icing, it is perfectly okay to keep it confined to an air-tight container for around three days before it is likely to turn bad.

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8. Melon

Before you cut the melon, keep it out of the fridge and store it in a bowl on your counter instead. Once cut it will require refrigeration to ensure it doesn't go off, perhaps best wrapped in clingfilm.

9. Coffee

Coffee isn't usually kept in the fridge, but for the few eccentrics that do store it there – stop. Whether your coffee be in bean or ground form, it will absorb the smells, so it is wise to instead store it in an air-tight container.

10. Eggs

Storing eggs at room temperature will provide you with better results when both baking and boiling them, while according to official advice from British Lion Eggs, eggs should be stored at less than 20C, so keeping them at room temperature is ideal.

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