How to Organize a Freezer

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In any home, storage space is usually at a premium, and homeowners are continually seeking new and more efficient ways to store items in drawers, closets, garages, basements and freezers. Whether you own an upright or a chest freezer, there are a number of ways that you can utilize the space and find what you need easily. Read on to learn more.

  • Store your frozen goods with the oldest items in view. Place your older frozen goods toward the front or top of your freezer so that they get used before the more recent items you've bought. This rotation helps keep your older frozen goods from going bad.

  • Tag frozen foods with important dates. Mark each storage container with the date you bought the item and its expiration date. Go through the freezer regularly to check the items that may have expired and throw them away.

  • Divide foods by group. To make locating what you want from the freezer easier, sort the foods into groups such as vegetables, desserts, meats, poultry and fish. Using this method eliminates the need for you to hunt around the freezer for the evening's menu.

  • Use plastic storage bins. Once you've sorted it, you can store groups of frozen food in plastic storage bins so that you can see exactly what you have in each bin. To go one step further, buy different colored lids to color-code the frozen items. Just store each group by color.

  • Keep frequently used frozen items within easy reach, such as in the freezer's door. This makes for quick access to your children's favorite breakfast foods and juices.

  • Navigate a map for a chest freezer. If you invest in a chest freezer, it might be a good idea to map out where you store certain groups of foods and keep the map handy. You can tape it to the side of the freezer so you can refer to it when trying to retrieve hamburgers or frozen veggies.

Tips & Warnings

  • To maximize your freezer's efficiency, keep it fully stocked. If you find that your freezer isn't full, place your ice cubes in a plastic storage bag and stuff it into the freezer. This will take up space and keep cubes handy for parties.
  • If you lose power, remember that your frozen items can remain edible for up to 48 hours if the freezer is filled to capacity. For a freezer with fewer items, 24 hours is the rule.

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