5 EASY freezer organizing ideas to simplify your life and meal prep!
Today I’m sharing with you an inside look at my slate gray upright freezer (now discontinued but you can find other amazing upright freezers here and here) loaded with organization with lots of storage bins from top to bottom.
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Built In Organization
Maximize the built in organization that your freezer has now. Does it have baskets? Trays? Use them to the fullest then buy additional freezer bins as needed.
Upright freezers are incredible useful and storage efficient – plus they are easier on your back than a chest freezer!
I’ve never owned a separate freezer until now. My hubby and I always just used the freezer in our refrigerator and now I wished I had bought one ages ago!
It’s fabulous for saving money and buy meat on sale and have a frozen stock of beef and hamburger for chilis and stews. Now I can start whipping up batches of pre-made crock pot meals and casseroles to have in the freezer in the go position for those busy weekday nights!
Growing up we had a chest style freezer…it was a monster and really big since my Mom used to grow a huge garden and freeze all kinds of fresh vegetables, fruit and berries that we grew in our vegetable garden. Eating ‘from-your-own-garden’ fresh food was delicious….but trying to get a bag of corn or beans or even a package of meat out of that freezer was a huge challenge. We practically had to climb right into it to find anything, there were no compartments, just one big pit of piled up food!
This upright freezer is the complete opposite!! It comes with built in organization: large trays on the door can be taken out and moved around to fit exactly what you are storing. There are two large pull out baskets in the main compartment and lots of shelves too!
Everything is so easy to see and find!
And I also have to mention the beautiful style and color of this freezer – the decorator in me just loves the gorgeous grey slate color! So stylish!
Here are my 5 easy and do-able freezer organizing ideas:
1. Store lightest items at the top and heaviest items at the bottom.
I store our bread, bagels, hot dog and hamburger buns on the top drawer and meat near the bottom.
If you happen to drop a frozen package of meat – it doesn’t have too far to fall to the floor, or on your toes…not that that has happened to anyone I know! 😉
2. Use plastic baskets to separate and contain your food:
I use these freezer stackable storage bins with handles – they are so handy and easy to pull out and slide in.
I use one to hold our waffles, one for vegetables, one for skillet meals and one for packaged hamburger and beef for tacos, fajitas, stews and chilis.
It’s all so easy to find and pull out what I want to make for supper!
These clear stackable freezer storage bins are amazing too if you like the clear look. I use them in my refrigerator. It’s completely your preference if you like the clear or white.
I’m obsessed with this handy labeler to make labels for the baskets – labels make everything easy for me, hubby and our boys to see at a glance.
I pre-weigh meat into the amounts required for the recipe. So if I’m making taco’s I can find a bag of hamburger exactly the right amount for tacos!
4. Store items flat and stack them rather than stuffing them in willy nilly:
Stacking frozen food flat will not only save space but once again, it makes it all so much easier to see.
5. Keep an inventory of freezer contents:
This inventory is a handy way to let me know when certain items are getting low in stock and so I can keep my eye out for sales.
I hope you found my freezer organization tips helpful!
Do you have any helpful freezer organizing ideas? If you do – please share, I’d love to know!
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