Much like the space beneath the bathroom sink, the freezer is an area of the home that's easy to forget. Because we don't typically spend long stretches of time looking around in our freezers--after all, leaving the freezer door open defeats the entire purpose--we often aren't aware of its organizational challenges until a stack of frozen food comes crashing to the floor.
If you'd like to preemptively address this problem before a freezing-cold, rock-hard pork roast decides to take a swan dive and land on your foot, you have two choices: wear steel-toed boots in the kitchen, or organize your freezer. Obviously we're not really qualified to discuss footwear, so we asked a few of our professional organizer friends to give us their freezer organization recommendations...
Blue i Style
"When your seven-year-old goes to get a snack and your hear him shout to his brother, 'Yeah! Mom finally organized the freezer!'--you know it was a long overdue project!" says Angela Rathbun of Blue i Style. "I really love the configuration of having freezer drawers below our fridge, but for a decade we've just been shoving things in there haphazardly." To combat this problem, Angela implemented iDesign Linus Divided Freezer Bins and showed off the results in an Instagram post. It was a simple solution that her whole family appreciated. Now, she says, she's planning to tackle her upright freezer in the garage next!
For Katrina Teeple of Operation Organization, "upping her freezer organization game" was an essential part of a smarter meal prep plan. "Since the New Year," she says, "I have prioritized cooking for my family and simplifying that process by stocking my freezer with lots of frozen organic fruits and veggies. So when I tried these new freezer-friendly containers from The Container Store it really made stocking up on healthy frozen food and freezing homemade meals much easier!"
Katrina accomplished this task using a combination of Linus Freezer Bins, Lustroware Handled Keepers, and Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags. The results left her raving. "Bye-bye freezer burn!" she says of the Stasher bags. "Because the silicone is so thick, it protects your food much longer than the thin bags and boxes frozen food comes in. You can even place these Stasher bags in boiling water for defrosting soups!" As for the Lustroware Keepers, she uses them to store frozen smoothie ingredients such as blueberries, peas, and seed mixes.
Neat Freak McKinney
In addition to the Linus Freezer Bins and Stasher Bags, Lisa Trigsted (Neat Freak McKinney) found another great use for our products--using a Lustroware Covered Ice Cube Tray to make delicious frozen berry cubes. ("So yummy in fizzy water, lemonade, iced tea or champagne!" she exclaims.) Lisa also sings the praises of our Design Ideas Freezer Storage Baskets, using them to corral bags of frozen veggies, dinner rolls, waffles, and more. "One quick grab and I have all the bread in one spot," she adds. "Freezer organization made easy!"
(You can see more at Lisa's blog.)