We tend to think of organizing the freezer as the last place to tackle in the kitchen. And, by doing this, we find that many pieces of frozen food are so far freezer burned that no amount of seasoning will bring the food back to life. So, to remind all of you and myself why it is important to organize and clear out your freezer, I am writing this post.
First, I know it’s a chore, and you may not see the benefits of doing this right away, so I will help you understand the importance of doing it.
Benefits of Clearing out
It reduces food waste. About 24 percent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted. So, you can reduce your carbon footprint, make it a point to buy and eat within a reasonable amount of time. Here is how long things will last in the freezer from Real Simple Magazine. As you can see, food in the freezer can last a long time, but because of that, we may forget what is in the freezer too.
Knowing what you have to complete a meal. If you can easily find things in your freezer, you can quickly see what you have for the recipes. As a result, no over buying food.
Minimize wasteful spending on food. The worst thing is to go the grocery store and buy something for a recipe and come home realizing that you already had it. You may not want to go back and return it so, you keep it and not use it. It is so frustrating, right?
Saving time on prep and shopping. I love it when I can find all the ingredients for a recipe by just looking in the pantry. It makes dinner prep so much easier.
While these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg on why organizing this space is important, I wanted to get on with what you are here to find out.
The Best Ways to Organize A Freezer
Before shopping, measure the width and length and bring the measurements with you. Each refrigerator has a different size freezer space so keep the measurements in mind when you buy bins so you will not needlessly buy something you can’t use.
Look for containers that will hold all the bag items. The bags take a lot of room and tend to fall over onto themselves so using a bin to hold them together help keep them organized.
Utilize the bins on the door. In ours, we have a container that we use for all our ice packs so it is easily accessible and it doesn’t fall below the food and get lost.
Use the containers wisely. Not all containers are functional. Some containers may have a lower front which works well in cabinets but not for this purpose. All the items will fall out when you take the bin out.
Be creative with your placement of articles. If you have a small area to work with, try storing items that are often used on top of items that are infrequently used. Layering high side bins also help if you have a side by side refrigerator.
For the top open freezer, use containers that are on top of the most frequently used food, small prepackaged items, and bags that may get lost. The bigger it is, the more likely you have other bins so try keeping one container for each purpose.
Group frozen veggies together. Stand up bags on their side so you can flip through and to see them.
Group frozen fruit together. Do the same as the veggies holder so you can flip through to see the different items.
If you eat frozen breakfast meals, like waffles, breakfast sandwiches, etc…, have a section just for this type of food. Take off the extra packaging to save space in the drawers or shelves.
If you have lunch frozen meals, line them up on their side so you can quickly glance at the name of each meal. Keep the boxes with these lunches, so they will stand on their side.
Have a section for just meat. Keeping meat separated works nicely, especially if you have an outage and the freezer melts. The food that is near the meat will be contaminated and will need to be tossed. Better safe than sorry.
Have a section for just non-meat items, like bread, pizza dough, etc… Since meat is heavier than bread and other things, it’s best to keep them separated, so your non-meat items do not get squashed.
That’s a lot of times! And, here’s, even more, tips about the freezer and refrigerator, feel free to check out these other posts. Sabrina’s Organizing wrote these posts.
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I hope these tips keep you organized, I know they helped my clients and me. Do you have any tips for organizing this part of the refrigerator? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.