Before you begin to organize though make sure you declutter, which as I say a lot around here, is always the first step in any organization project. So here's the declutter your freezer mission to get you started.
Then, once you've removed all the old food it will be time to organize. Take all the steps in the challenge, making sure to take some before and after pictures, and send them in to me at the Home Organization Hall of Fame, and you might just have your freezer makeover showcased here too.
Organize Refrigerator Plus Freezer Organization With Baskets
by Jan @ The Crafty Mermaid's Grotto
Organized freezer with baskets - view 1
Freezer organization with baskets - view 2
Before - upright freezer
Small freezer - after
Jan from The Crafty Mermaid's Grotto shared both before and after pictures of her upright freezer, as well as the smaller one she's got above her fridge.
I could only choose four to show off in this hall of fame post, so I chosen mainly her "after" pictures. You should check out her blog post for all the before pictures too, since there was a great transformation.
I know a lot of people really want an upright freezer instead of chest one, and at least from an organization standpoint I can definitely see their point.
With a chest freezer you've got to use freezer baskets to organize, but they are all stacked on top of each other making it difficult to find what you need, at least without a freezer map.
On the other hand, I am in awe of the organized look of Jan's organized upright freezer. She too used baskets for organization, but as you can see it is so much easier to get to each basket when they are on shelves.
Here is what she said about the baskets she used:
I bought these plastic baskets from Target. They have a wide weave, so air can move through them and they are STURDY!
I like these baskets, since they are really cute and do look sturdy. I would caution that plastic, when it gets cold, can get brittle and break, so it may be a good idea to buy baskets designed for the freezer to alleviate this problem.
However, if you can find some cute cheap baskets you may want to try it, and just switch them out if you notice one of them starting to get brittle or crack.
If you're looking to avoid this issue, for sure though, I'd go with wire metal baskets (I've listed some of both below as examples).
Freezer Organization Pictures For Both Side By Side And Upright Freezers
Organized upright freezer
Organized upright freezer door
Organized side-by-side freezer
Angela from Confessions of a Craft Addict shared pictures of her organization efforts for two different freezers she's got in her home, which you can see above.
First, she has a side-by-side freezer, next to her refrigerator, and in addition, she has an upright freezer where she stores produce from her garden, from the co-op and also food gifts from friends and family members.
If you've got a garden or get fresh produce from a co-op freezer organization is essential, since you've got to be able to preserve all that produce while its fresh, for use all through the winter and early spring.
The pictures Angela shared are a great example of how to do it, where you can find what you need, when you need it.
Notice her use of both freezer storage containers, but also how she uses freezer storage bags to store lots of her produce. I love using freezer bags for storing things, since they take up so much less room than actual containers, and that way you can pack a lot more food into a small space.
It doesn't look like she actually uses a FoodSaver vacuum sealer system for some of the produce packaging, but she easily could. Click the link for an article for tips for using this product to help you get your freezer organized.
Here's another organized upright freezer, shown by a reader, Stephanie.
Jennifer's Organized Freezers: Made Zones For Items
Before and After of Small Freezer Above Refrigerator
Before and After of Upright Freezer
Jennifer from shared before and after pictures of both her upright freezer, and the smaller one above her refrigerator.
She organized both her freezers into various sections or "zones" to help her find what she needed, and know what she was running low on.
She said, in regard to her upright freezer: "Here is a list of what I put on the shelves, from top to bottom..."
1. Frozen meat 2. Desserts - ice cream, Italian ice, frozen fruit 3. Frozen vegetables/prepared meals and snacks 4. "mystery" containers (plan is to take out 2 a week to thaw, if good we'll eat, otherwise I'll have a backup dinner to eat). 5. labeled frozen soups/meals
Are You Inspired To Get Organized Now?
I hope these before and after pictures have inspired you to get your own freezer in order.
If you've now caught the organizing bug I would encourage you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site. Over the course of the year we get your whole house in shape, room by room, item by item, and developing consistent positive habits as we go.
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