The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
As promised, I’ve been organizing a top freezer. Since I only have a side-by-side, my friend was kind enough to let me root around in her kitchen freezer and come up with a few solutions to organize a freezer located above the refrigerator.
Everyone’s food preferences and storage needs are uniquely different. Therefore, my goal today is to share some visual inspiration for those who are looking to organize their top-freezer. Hopefully, you’ll find something that sparks your interest and will work in your kitchen freezer too!
Let’s take a look inside my friend, Mollie’s top-freezer before we started organizing…
Step 1: Empty the Freezer in Stages
Yes, she kindly let me empty the contents of her freezer and together we gave it a good wipe down. Emptying it helped us take a general inventory of her storage needs. I did this in three stages; the top half, the bottom half, and the door section. As mentioned last time, I empty in stages to keep from defrosting the entire contents of the freezer.
Step 2: Tidy-up and/or Condense Items
Next, we sorted. Actually, as I emptied a section of the freezer we would sort through that inventory, put it back, and then move on to the next section. Again, this is to keep those valuable goods frozen. The point of this is to pick through what was outdated or able to be condensed so we only invested in what she wanted to keep.
Step 3: Group Similar Items Together
Together we categorized her items and reviewed her needs for freezer functionality. Mollie reasonably stocks up on meat and other perishable items when they go on sale. I wanted to make sure there was room for her to continue this practice. Grouping like-with-like gives her a good idea on what is running low or what she has in excess. Her main category groups are…
- raw meats
- bread goods
- baking ingredients/flours
- convenience meals (like chicken nuggets or prepared ravioli)
- and meals or sauces she had previously frozen for family dinners
The groups that were larger (listed above) got an individual container. The random things that were a smaller group or not a group at all went in the door space or in gaps like you see below.
Step 4: Containerize
I used three different types of products inside this top-freezer to best utilize every inch but also stay within the budget.
The first container (and my favorite for this type of freezer) was a large, white Akro bin found at the Container Store (HERE) and pictured below.
Also (and my favorite reason), they have a label built into the front edge. For those of us who love labels, could it get any better? I don’t have a good picture of this container label but I’ll be back next time with more on labels. Oh, and the price point is relatively low compared to most freezer organizing systems.
My final thought on this type of container, they are not specifically labeled as “food safe”. However, Mollie was okay using them to store her meat since everything was individually packaged in food safe baggies. The containers don’t specifically say “food safe” but they are BPA-free.
Thank you Mollie for letting me photograph and organize your freezer. And thank you Organizing Junkie readers for mentioning top-freezer organizing in the comments!
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.