I was reading this morning at Moneysavingmom.com and Crystal is doing a series on 4 weeks to a more organized home. Her assignment today was to tackle the freezer. So I hopped on the ban wagon and decided clean and organize my freezer too! I’m so glad I did, because we have just a few short weeks before we move and I want to use up all we have in the freezer and now that its all organized I know exactly what I have! It took me about 45 minutes from start to finish, Little Buddy even helped!
Here is a picture before I cleaned and organized.
Little buddy helped clean the bottom shelf.
This huge bag of veggies takes up a lot of space. So I got out 8 quart size freezer bags and filled up each bag with veggies. I separated some of the cauliflower and broccoli into individual bags as well for recipes that call for just those veggies. Now I have individual serving size bags in the freezer. I reuse the freezer bags if they just have fruit or veggies in them also.
As I organized the the freezer, I quickly wrote down in pencil what was on each shelf. This list will make it easier to know what is in the freezer, how much I have and what I might need for menu planning and shopping. I will update the list as I add to or take away from the freezer. I found it helpful to organize each shelf with 1 to 3 like food items.
Here is the freezer all organized! I took out the bottom drawer to the freezer and used a shoe box instead. It seemed to house items easier. Using 3×5 cards placed in front of each box, I wrote what each item(s) were in each shoe box.
Here I my supply list:
- Tub of warm soapy water
- 4 plastic shoe boxes
- 3×5 cards
- Sharpie marker
- 1 8×10 piece of paper
- A little helper!
If you are starting to do some freezer cooking, having an organized freezer and inventory list will help you tremendously.
Have you started any spring cleaning projects in the kitchen? Share in the comments, what you have done or would like to do.
This post will be linked up to Money Saving Mom’s 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Assignment #3.