As a family of 7, we eat a lot of food. Having 2 freezers in our basement helps us keep our grocery budget in check.
Whether you have a big freezer or small one, keeping it organized will ensure you can make the most of your freezer space. You won’t lose food in the bottom of the freezer, and you’ll use up food before it loses its freshness. The key is finding freezer storage containers and a system that works for you.
One of my decluttering projects this year is cleaning out both freezers in the basement, plus re-organizing the remaining contents. Both freezers are upright ones, similar to this GE Upright 20.6 cubit foot Freezer. We only bought the second one a few years ago when we thought the first one might be failing. Having a second freezer hasn’t added significantly to our electric bill, and now we have more space for garden produce, bread, meat deals, and extra milk.
4 Reasons to Have a Stand-alone Freezer
- Buying in Bulk – As a family of 7, we always need to buy bigger quantities. Smaller families can take advantage of sales and stock up until the next sale.
- Stock up on frozen foods like frozen berries and vegetables – If your family eats a lot of frozen food, you’ll find the extra space provided by a stand-alone freezer well worth the investment. I like to stock up on frozen organic fruits and veggies at Costco for easy side dishes, smoothies, and snacks.
- Freeze leftovers and extra meals for later in the month – There are many meals and side dishes that I often freeze for consumption during a busy week. Every August, I stock the freezer with homemade snacks for school lunches for September.
- Freeze homegrown fruits and vegetables – When our vegetable garden was in full swing, I would steam and freeze vegetables after I harvested them. This gave us many quart bags of mixed vegetables for meals during the winter.
Freezer Organization Ideas
To keep the freezers organized, I use several sizes of Glad and Ziploc containers. The Gladlocks are supposed to be BPA free; all plastic containers should be washed by hand and not in the dishwasher.
The other key to my freezer organization are the mini shelves shown above. Originally used in my pantry, I found these at Walmart. They help stack unusually shaped items like meatballs and sausage wrapped together.
The shelves also help contain the mess we call quart freezer bags of veggies and fruits. If the quart freezer bags are frozen flat, as in the picture, they stack better. I always freeze the quart and gallon bags flat before integrating them into the inventory.