Make your freezer hum with efficiency by using these brilliant freezer storage and freezer organization tips!
If you don’t have an organized freezer, it can be a dreaded task to get anything in, or out of it (watch out for the freezer avalanche!).
Rather than avoiding the issue and losing more food and money (not to mention getting clocked with that block of frozen meat), check out some of these brilliant freezer organization hack showing you how to organize your freezer the right way.
If you have a similar problem with you fridge, don’t forget to check out our fridge hacks, too!
16 Top Freezer Organization Tips You Can’t Live Without
Whether you have a side-by-side freezer, drawer freezer, or even a deep freeze chest, it seems there’s never enough room.
Freezers can be a lifesaver because they give you space to store things that you don’t want or need right away without them rotting, going stale, or expiring.
Everything in your freezer should be labeled, and now it can be easier with these printable (editable) labels. Never lose track of what’s in your freezer, when you put it in there, or when you need to use it by.
Video: Freezer Organization Tips
Want to see some of these freezer organization hacks in action? Check out this short video so you can see them for yourself!
Vacuum Seal Your Foods
How many times have you looked into the freezer, only to find one (or more) frostbitten bags filled with unidentifiable food?
Use a food sealer to tightly seal your bags and remove all the air so you can clearly see what’s inside. Not only will you save freezer storage space, but you’ll also preserve your food better.
Repurpose Milk Containers
Don’t throw out those empty milk cartons! If you have veggies that you use on a regular basis, lay them out flat on a cookie sheet to freeze, then (once frozen) pour them into the container.
Easy storage, and even easier to pull the carton out and grab what you need for dinner!
Freeze Individual Servings
No more thawing an entire bag or container of something you just need a little of. Portion out your meals or ingredients ahead of time, freeze them individually, then just use what you need.
Here are some freezer meal ideas, if you’re interested!
If your freezer looks like Alaska with all the ice buildup, defrost it – this likely needs to be done on a regular basis. You’ll want to coordinate well if your freezer is part of your fridge (it will need to be unplugged) but it’ll be worth the effort.
More Ways to Store Items Properly
Try these tips to make use of ALL the space in your freezer.
Freeze Things Flat
Using gallon or quart-sized freezer storage bags is a GREAT way to store a lot of things. Fill the bag, remove the air, and lay it flat to freeze. Once frozen, you can stand it up on its side – it’s only an inch or two wide!
Magazine holders are the PERFECT place to store those meals or sauces that you’ve frozen flat. You can store several in one container standing up, or laid on its side. Attach a laminated note card on the outside so that you can note what’s being stored.
You can purchase clear plastic bins for under a dollar at most stores (and many other stores too). Having several containers the same size can help you store different (but similar) items, like poultry and beef.
You can decorate them or simply label them to give you individual spaces for all the foods you store.
Dry Erase Labeling
If you have a separate, or secondary, freezer in a garage or utility room, you can use a dry erase marker right on the door to organize the contents! If you don’t want to write directly on the surface in your kitchen, purchase a small magnetic dry erase board and attach it to the side.
Review and revise your list each time you use something out of it, or add something to it.
Freezer organization ideas aren’t just for making everything neat and tidy on the inside. They help with keeping inventory too!
Keep a regular inventory of what you have in your freezer by either using a list, or by creating sections in your freezer that you simply monitor.
Dump The Boxes
Many of the foods we buy in the frozen section come in large bulky boxes. Get rid of those as quick as you can, and use a plastic bin or crate instead.
Freezer storage made simple. If you have small amounts of things you need to freeze – or want to thaw out items in small amounts, try using Souper Cubes.
They’re silicone containers that function much like an ice tray but with larger cubes to hold bigger amounts.
Keep a List of How Long Food Lasts in the Freezer
With a full freezer, it may be hard to decide what you need to eat your way through first. Find a handy printable, like this one, to keep on hand so you always know which foods should be at the top of your list.
Keep It Clean
You’ve likely seen the idea about lining your fridge shelves with press-and-seal wrap to keep it clean. Well why not apply that same logic to your freezer so that any messes that occur are easy to clean up?
Use magnetized containers on the top part of your freezer to store those items that are smaller but you don’t use every day (like ginger, or nuts).
Reusable Shopping Bags
If you have a deep freezer, sort your larger items into reusable shopping bags to keep it organized and make it easy to pull contents out.
Utilize Binder Clips
What do you do with all those have-used bags of vegetables, spring rolls, and more? If they clutter up your freezer space, you’re going to want to check out this crazy amazing tip!
I hope you love these freezer organization ideas – aren’t they both creative and effective? And I love that you don’t need to buy expensive supplies in order to have an organized and efficient freezer.
Which one of these ideas will work best for you? Do you have any other ideas for creatively organizing your fridge and freezer?
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