I don’t do a major Spring cleaning but I do several deep cleanings throughout the year. I love to have my house totally clean and organized before the holidays so now is a great time to get the house in shape for the rest of the year. Let’s talk about freezer organization today.
There are many different sizes and styles of freezers so there are many different ways to organize them. I’m going to share with you some general rules so you can get your freezer organized once and for all.
Keep Like Things Together – I have Celiacs disease so the top shelf in our freezer is for gluten-free food. My food items are kept separate because of cross contamination concerns and so my food doesn’t get eaten by mistake. It’s too expensive to be eaten by everyone when it isn’t necessary.
Make Things Easy – This front basket holds popsicles, otter pops, Creamies, etc. Those things can be hard for kids to open, especially the otter pops. Attach small scissors with yarn to the basket so they can easily open the packaging and the scissors won’t get lost. I’ve been doing this for years and it has probably saved me from opening thousands of otter pops.
Save on Room – Take food out of packaging that takes up valuable space. Most food can stay in the packaging but single serving food items should come out to save on space. Nothing wastes space more than a huge box with one thing in it. I place the items in a basket so kids have easy access to them. When hubby makes pancakes on the weekend I place the leftovers in sandwich baggies. Then I store them in another basket for quick breakfasts during the week.
I purchased my baskets at Dollar Tree so I only spent $6 in total. Measure your space to purchase the right size baskets for your freezer.
Store Vertically – It’s much easier to find what you need and to retrieve it if it’s vertical instead of begin stacked on top of one another. Always store things for retrieval even in the freezer. There are a few food items that can’t be stored vertical so make sure they are stacked on the bottom. The 3rd shelf holds quick and easy meals (meals the kids can even prepare for themselves).
Rotate Food Items – It’s easy for food items to get overlooked and then expire if you don’t stay on top of it. Make it a habit to rotate food on shopping day. As you unload the groceries rotate the food items so the oldest items are in the front. Also, I store meat and fish on the bottom shelf. I worry about the freezer defrosting and meat juices getting on the other food. Use a sharpie marker to write the date on a package that is opened but not all used before you place it back in the freezer.
Keep It Contained – Use baskets to contain like items and use the shelves on the door to hold the things of appropriate size. Keep similar things together so they’re fast and easy to find. As you can see I use simple clothespins to keep the food bags closed once I have folded them down. It’s not fancy but it works.
Keep It Clean – Sometimes spills happened. Wipe up spills as they occur so they don’t get on other containers or spread to the shelf. You can also use mats or shelf liners that can be cut to size for the shelves.
Stay on Top of It – It only takes a few seconds to place something where it belongs. It will take you at least twice as long to rearrange it later. Having a place for everything let’s you quickly see what you have and what you need.
Although I don’t use labels in the freezer they can be helpful. They are a great option if they will help you keep things where they belong.
Enjoy your Organized Freezer!
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