freezer organization

by Barb on February 7, 2012

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Glad and Ziploc containers

One of my decluttering projects in February has been 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 last winter 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.

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more Glad and Ziploc containers

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.

Occasionally, I use the Pyrex glass containers, however, we don’t have many of them. I prefer to save the glass for the fridge.

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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.

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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.

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Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} February 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Those containers keep everything stacked so neatly. My freezer is somewhat organized, but I use a variety of containers. I save glass jars from salsa, tomato sauce, etc and have been using them too.

Barb February 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I also try to stick to the same brands when buying new containers. It makes matching the lids and bottoms so much easier! I wish I could get my plastic storage cabinet in the kitchen organized as well.

Vicky February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Wow, those shelves just save a ton of space. That is a great tip! I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Milk and Cuddles. Vicky from Mess For Less

Barb February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Yes, they do help with keeping the back of the freezer shelves organized.

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Maureen (@QponCutie) February 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Man, I really need an upright freezer. I recently decluttered the garage, I’m hoping to put up some more shelving and soon get a freezer in there! Yours looks great!
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Barb February 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks! I know many people recommend the chest freezer as being more efficient. We love our upright! I would do research on the brand. The newer one gets frost very easily unlike the older one.

Kelly February 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm

You are really organized, that is great. I miss my upright, I have a deep freeze.
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Paula February 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Your freezer looks so organized! I definitely need to get an upright the next time I need one.
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Barb February 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’ve never had a chest freezer so I can’t compare the two. However, as a short person (5’2″), I find the upright easy to work with, and we generally don’t have issues with losing stuff.

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