Best Method for Organizing your Freezer – DIY Labelled Bags

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Organize your Freezer

When you look at the current state of my freezer its very obvious changes are needed. The freezer we have is about 20 years old and working fine.  We refuse to replace it until necessary.  When it finally gives up we will replace it with a small upright freezer, but in the meantime I am trying organization.

Organization, DIY, Labelling, Freezing, HousekeepingThe freezer is located just off the kitchen in our unheated garage.  Through the winter I ask the men to go grab for me, or I use whats in the fridge.  I avoid the cold garage at all costs.

Last spring used various shopping bags we have kicking around to organize the freezer.  I printed out a legend of what style of bag was for what, but it was cumbersome to remember which coloured bag was for what item. This post fixes that.

Organize the Freezer with whats on Hand

Dividing up the freezer into categories works.  You spend a little longer sorting groceries into the bags, but it is much easier to see what you have or may need.  The bags work really well as you can lift them out easily, tie them if you want to and label them according to your families shopping habits.  If you don’t have bags you can do the same thing with boxes, but I much prefer using bags.

Here are some Category ideas:

Beef
Fish
Casseroles
Fruit
Luncheon Meat

Pork
Bread & Buns
Ice Cream
Soups

Chicken
Pre-made
Vegetables
Bacon

Labelled Grocery Bags

Take whatever bags you have available.  If you are buying them I recommend all cloth bags.  The plastic coated ones tend to melt when ironed and are harder to stencil on. I did not buy specific bags, I made due using some plastic coated ones and ironed very carefully.

Using freezer paper create some stencils with your cutting machine. I used Playbill font and size 288,  If you don’t have a cutting machine use your computer and print out your category labels and then cut out the letters.

Iron the freezer paper shiny side down onto the grocery bag.  Let cool.

Silhouette, Organization, Grocery Bags, Freezer Organization

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Using whatever paint you have available paint the stencils.  Let dry.  Repeat coats if necessary.

I found that on some of the bags the plain white lettering did not show really well.  I solved it by outlining the lettering with a black sharpie marker.
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Organization, DIY, Labelling, Freezing, Housekeeping

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Sort your freezer contents into the bags.  Place the filled bags back into the freezer.

Let me know what you think about my idea.  I know for certain that its better than the toss in the freezer method.  Do you think finding what you want when you want it will help with cutting food costs?  Do you have any other categories that I should include?

Enjoy your week!

Leanna

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34 thoughts on “Best Method for Organizing your Freezer – DIY Labelled Bags

  1. Keeping track of what’s on hand in my freezer is a nightmare. I only buy meat when it’s on sale and there have been weeks where it’s chicken every night because I didn’t realize I was out of other options.

    1. Hi Vanessa: I get frustrated when everything is sliding around and crushing other things like fresh bread. Putting them in bags definitely controls the chaos. I recommend labels though even if its written on with a Sharpee.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and sharing your thoughts. I think my sons could eat chicken strips every night. Me not so much lol.

    1. Hi Nicole: I am waiting and waiting and waiting for an upright. I can see the pretty labelled shelves now.

      Thank you for co-hosting with me. Enjoy your week. Leanna

  2. Oh that’s so much better than just tossing everything in the freezer Leanna. Ours is a right mess and it’s because everything is just thrown in without any thought on how we’ll identify it later. I have a whole bunch of canvas bags that would be perfect for this too. Thanks so much

    1. Hi Michelle: It works really well if your persistent when its time to sort groceries. I really appreciate the bags when it comes time to figure out what we actually have and what we need. .

    1. Hi Darcy. I did the unmarked bags for a year or so as well. I even went ahead and made a legend and put it on freezer top. I think the labels and unloading the bags into the freezer myself will make all the difference.

      Thank you for commenting. Its really nice to know whose reading and what your thoughts are. Leanna

    1. Hi Lucy: It doesn’t take long to make the bags and if you do decide to do it. Line the bags up, add a garbage bag for mystery packs and you can have your freezer cleaned out in twenty minutes.

      It took me about ten to sort everything, so I am sure in 20 your good to go.

    1. Hi Caroline: Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      I tried to find as many different kinds of bags as I could find to make them more identifiable by type. They are bit “flashy” lol

  3. I love it!!!! I need it!!!! What a great idea! My frozen foods are everywhere! Those little bags will make it easy because we are always moving things in and out of the house to the freezer in the garage! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! #HomeMattersParty
    Jeannee

    1. Hi Caroline: Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      I tried to find as many different kinds of bags as I could find to make them more identifiable by type. They are bit “flashy” lol

  4. That is such a clever idea for a large chest freezer. We have a small upright under the fridge now but when I was a kid we had a big ol’ chest freezer in the garage and I remember being sent in for things and almost falling in trying to find things at the bottom. Your labeled bag idea is brilliant. I imagine it will help with wastage too as if you can find things you don’t buy them again unnecessarily. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

    1. Hi Julie: It is great co-hosting the Home Matters Party with you. I envy your that little upright.

      During the Christmas season though I still need the big freezer, but I would love to save the floor space in the garage.

      It really does help with wastage and with knowing what you need.

    1. Hi Tara: It helps lots and you can use whatever paint you have on hand. I hope you make them. Let me know how it works out for you.

      Leanna

    1. Hi June: It makes me happy to know my idea will help you out. Organizing is a non stop effort but it beats getting buried in clutter, or throwing out food because you misplaced it.

      Thank you for commenting. It makes my happy.

      Leanna

  5. This is something I really need to do. I hate digging in ours trying to find something. I don’t like my fingers getting cold and nearly frost bitten 🙂 Hubby usually does it. I like the idea of the labeled bags. Thanks Leanna from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty, social media shared.
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  6. I did this a couple of years ago, my freezer was out of control. I use plastic milk crates to keep food separated. They great for separating different types of food and they stack nicely in the freezer. Pinned
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  7. I love this idea! And so brilliant to use bags you already have on hand. I can’t wait to try this. Pinned and sharing. Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. I hope you will join our next party starting Sunday at noon EST.

  8. I would not have thought of this. I have a vacuum food saver machine that I use to do things individually. If I had a chest type that would work great, but we have an upright and it is really easy to see what is in it since it is just like the fridge. Your bags and stencil idea are great!

  9. We have an upright freezer, but it still gets disorganized. These bags are a wonderful idea. And they would keep everything sliding into each other!! Thank you for sharing at TaDa Thursday!!

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