Organizing Your Freezer

January 26, 2010

Organizing Your Cross-Top Freezer, Picture of an organized freezer.To save space and make extra room in my freezer, I remove the supermarket packaging. I cut out the label, and place the product and label, into a clear "snap lock" type sealed bag. The label tells me the item and date. The bag replaced the packaging which I have found to take up about 30-40% of the space.


Also I separate bulk items into portion packs, each portion is separately bagged. By using the labeled bag last I always know content details of the separated bags.

By Krossova from Melbourne, Australia

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May 1, 2016

I was sick of things sliding off each other so I spent about 45 minutes doing this.

Organize your Freezer with Plastic Shoe Boxes

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December 22, 2011

Do you have stuff in your freezer that's taking up a lot of room, making you unable to get to the things that you need right away? Do you forget what you have in your freezer because you can't see it? If so, then it's time to organize!

Organizing Your Freezer

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August 2, 2017

When your bags of frozen foods start getting really tiny, they tend to get crumpled and lost in your freezer, leading to food waste and stale freezer odors. Use binder clips to hang your bags of frozen foods on the rack shelf. Just fold up the bags and clip on the rack from the top.

Two different sized binder clips, to be used in the freezer.

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May 26, 2011

I've found a way to keep my freezer organized that saves me both time and money. I have plastic bins that fit on the shelves and are labeled as to contents: chicken, beef, fish.


I have 2 other bins labeled "prepared food" and "prepped ingredients".

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February 17, 2010

When you freeze leftovers, keep a notepad by the freezer and write down what you have got in there. When you have a "don't know what to cook" moment, you will have inspiration.

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February 7, 2012

The main thing that I have done for my freezers is go to an office store or dollar store and get paper holders. Then I put each filled with separated plastic bags; hamburger, chicken, pork chops, etc.


I have done this for many years.

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April 1, 2009

We hang a cork board by the freezer to organize the meat in our freezer. List each type of meat along one side of the board, such as Beef, Chicken, Pork. Under these categories we list such as chicken, boneless breasts leg quarters and ground.

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August 28, 2012

I use small meal size containers for berries to go with pancakes or deserts. The first trick is to turn over every second container, so that it's lid rim is down. I get one extra container per row that way.

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December 28, 2010

One great tip I've found very useful is to make a list of what I put in my freezer and place it on the front of my refrigerator with a magnet.

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July 19, 2010

I saw this tip on Thrifty Fun last year and it has really been a big help for me in keeping the food in my chest type freezer separated and organized. I purchased several cloth bags from the grocery store and use them for stacking the vegetables and fruits.

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February 19, 2009

I had a freezer with out the shelf inside. The food, all in different sizes and shapes, would pile up and slide everywhere. I put water in four bottles, found an old soda crate, and put it inside.

Frugal Freezer Shelf

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August 5, 2014

I've used shoe boxes and small basins, three on each shelf, to divide my freezer. This still leaves room above the boxes to slide in frozen dishes and pizza.


Ice cream and miscellaneous fit in front.

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January 10, 2005

I always try to have frozen veggies on hand, and often use less than a full bag at a time. To keep from losing these partial bags, I keep a plastic crate in the freezer.

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June 14, 2003

Here are some great food tips for saving money on food by packaging and freezing it:

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February 23, 2011

I got really tired of trying to find things in my freezer. I went to Big Lots and bought some plastic boxes. I stood my bags of meat on end like a file drawer.

Photo of an organized freezer.

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June 6, 2005

Ideas for organizing an upright freezer. Post your ideas.


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January 23, 20050 found this helpful

It can be challenging to use all the space in an upright freezer. I use inexpensive rectangular plastic dishpans as bins in order to get more on each shelf. I label the dishpans vegetables, meats, etc. This also works well in refrigerator freezers. When I am looking for something, I can pull out the entire container and go through it without having bunches of frozen foods falling out and bouncing off my toes.


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January 23, 20050 found this helpful

I use the shelf helpers and this allows me to more shelf space.

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