Do you want to organize your freezer space, but feel overwhelmed with the process? Today’s post is all about the simple steps to get your freezer organized in no time. Whether you have a small above-the-fridge freezer or a giant freezer in your garage, these steps will help you get organized so you can see what you have and maximize your freezer space.
#1 Evaluate What You Need Freezer Space For
For us, we’re in a season of needing to preserve what we’ve grown in the garden over the summer. A large portion of our freezer space is dedicated right now to housing green beans, peppers, tomatoes, etc. Whatever your freezer needs are, it’s important to evaluate those at the start so you’re prioritizing the correct items in your organizing process.
#2 Pinpoint Trouble Spots
I found I had a stash of bread bags in the freezer with bread heels in them, which I had intended for a long time to make into bread crumbs. These bags take up a large amount of space, so consolidating all of the heels into one bag going forward allows me to utilize that space more efficiently. This sounds silly, but it’s amazing how many small things like this add up to creating room for a nicely organized freezer.
#3 Get Rid of Expired Items
It’s inevitable to find items which have passed their prime, are freezer-burned, or are unlabeled and unrecognizable. Get rid of these things and make space for things which serve the current needs your family has, so that the space is serving you.
#4 Wipe Everything Down
Kind of obvious, but deserves a mention. Once you’ve pulled everything out of the freezer, wipe the whole thing down and start with a clean slate.
#5 Label Everything
When I’m in a hurry, I’ve often thrown things into the freezer thinking, “Oh, I’ll totally remember what’s in that bag later.” Of course, three months later I’m scratching my head wondering what the heck is in that unlabeled Ziploc bag in the back corner of the freezer. So, label it all! Take the opportunity now to get everything labeled, and commit that you’ll label everything going forward so you can more easily keep track of what you have and how old it is.
#6 Group and Contain
Once you’ve decluttered what you need to get rid of and labeled what you’re going to keep, grab some containers (I like these ones from the Dollar Tree) and start grouping like items and containing them so you can easily see and access everything in the freezer. Grouping and containing freezer items is the BEST way to keep the freezer organized long-term.