Several weeks ago, we came home from a trip, and our refrigerator’s freezer unit was filled with powdery ice crystals.
HH went to work to investigate, which involved unloading everything into coolers. After he made repairs, everything was dumped back into the freezer. Ugh! What a massive pile of mish-mash.
On closer inspection, I found packages of food that were way too old to eat. I knew I had to do something, so I did a Google search for ideas and tips.
Home Storage Solutions 101 has a post filled with freezer and refrigerator organization tips and links. I was inspired!
On my next trip to Wally World, I picked up some cheap plastic bins with ventilation holes in the sides. I bought several in the small and medium-sizes.
I went through all the food in the freezer and threw out all the stuff that was old. (Tons of food I threw away that day!) I slid the freezer drawer divider toward the left side and added two small bins on the right. I can easily lift them out when I need to sift through them to find something.
I have grocery store packages of vegetables in the left basket and home-made vegetable packages in the right. The freezer section to the left now contains cool packs, coffee, and cheese – sort of random things. The drawer above (not shown) has frozen fruit for smoothies, etc., along with the ice maker and tray.
I felt so clean and fresh! It’s amazing how a little organizing makes you feel like your whole house is clean.
The next day, I couldn’t wait to organize our upright freezer. Oh, how it needed it, too! (Now you know all my secrets. Yikes!)
As with the smaller freezer, I had no idea what exactly was in there.
I threw away about a third of the food, again because it was too old to eat. (Would anyone eat anything from 2012? Ha!) I used the medium-sized bins for this freezer.
That’s bread and buns on the top shelf. I like to double wrap bread items in plastic bags.
You don’t need to know what’s on each shelf, but let’s just say that now things are arranged by category. There is a place for everything and everything in its place. 🙂
I made a list of all contents and locations of groupings. I love knowing exactly what I have on hand and exactly where to find it!
Organizing your freezer (and refrigerator) comes with a warning. It’s addictive!
You might be in a tailspin…cleaning throughout your house, putting things away, straightening up, and refreshed in the renewal of your surroundings. Doesn’t that sound poetic? 🙂
For more tips, check out these freezer organization ideas on Pinterest.
You’ll be amazed at the transformation. Cleaning out our freezers has inspired HH and I to eat healthier, too. Who knew?
I hope it’s just as transforming for you.
What do you think? Are you motivated to get organized?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.
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