If you don’t have an organized freezer, it can be a dreaded task to get anything in, or out of it. Rather than avoiding the issue and losing more food and money, check out some of these ideas on how to organize your freezer the right way. Check out our fridge hacks, too!
16 Tips on How to Organize Your Freezer (The Right Way)
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 life saver 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 easily 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.
Vacuum Seal Your Foods
How many times have you looked into the freezer, only to find one (or more) frostbitten bags 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.
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 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
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 having several containers the same size can you help 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.
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.
So Many Practical Freezer Organization Ideas
Use Binder Clips
If you have a freezer with slotted shelves, use binder clips to hold those bags! This will get them off the bottom shelf, allowing you more room.
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.
If you don’t need it, get it out of there! Just because your freezer comes with shelves doesn’t mean you have to use them. Many of the shelves and drawers are removable, which opens up the space to be able to make it your own.
Which one of these ideas will work best for you? Do you have any other ideas for creatively organizing your fridge and freezer?