How to Organize a Freezer (In the Garage) - (2023)

Disclosure: Each post may contain links toMy shopor affiliate links, which means I can earn a commission on any purchase you make. All opinions on the products I use are my own. Read the full disclosure and privacy policyHERE.

My husband's old bachelor pad is the reason I became a "freezer man." When I married Matt, he was single with an entire bachelor pad. And since he never cooked, I mean, he just reheated things in the microwave…he didn't think it made sense to buy a full-size refrigerator for his house. He had a mini fridge in the bedroom and a freezer. The mini fridge was for drinks and condiments, the freezer for all your frozen meals. After we got married, we bought a full-size refrigerator, and the freezer was moved to the garage. I really appreciated the chest freezer and when the cheap single looked sad I finally replaced it with a different chest freezer last year.

Over the years, I've discovered a thing or two about the most practical way to organize a freezer.

First of all, stop storing things you don't really use.You feel like you "should" keep it, so you put it in the freezer, but in the freezer it gets weirder and grosser. If you've been "sort of" over something before, you'll never feel like defrosting it and eating it once it's frozen. Frozen food doesn't look appetizing anymore! This is an important rule to remember when organizing your freezer, as it applies to the freezer just like anywhere else in your home:You can't organize clutter!

Before you start shopping for trash cans and moving things, do aInventWhat's in your freezer? I have aFREE Printable Freezer Inventory to use HEREOr just use a sheet of paper, that works too!

Write down everything in your freezer and see if you start to notice lumps. Do you have a lot of marinated meat? Too many casseroles? Lots of vegetables or cheese?

What you need to do to figure out these groupings is to figure out how to divide your freezer into sections and baskets (if applicable). This is an important step, don't skip it!

To ensure you get containers that will fit your freezer, measure your space before purchasing the container of your choice. Take the tape measure to the store!

I like the same containers that I use in minepantrymilaundry. I had used them around the house enough to know that I liked them and I tried one in my freezer and I liked that I could get it in and out with the handle on the end.

To make sure everyone in your home can use the freezer as easily as possible, label the bins with the categories you created during the planning phase. In addition, it also helps you get your purchases to the right place! Gain!

Important note:If you are using cute chalk labels on your freezer, DO NOT use chalk markers on the labels, as after a while they will end up looking like the images below. (Oops!) Permanent markers are the way to go.

Make do with the frozen foods you've already made, but as you continue to make frozen foods, make them with your new baskets and space in mind.

I quickly freeze all the groceries in my freezer so I can retrieve them as files. I arrange them on baking sheets and place the baking sheets in the freezer until frozen and then I can rearrange them like this where my premade taco meat and creamy chicken taquitos are super easy to access:

I even freeze large batches of soup horizontally... double bagged!

I love quart size zip-top bags for healthy breakfast muffins. I take them out at night and they are perfectly defrosted in the morning for my kids to gobble up.

Salad dressing doesn't freeze well, so I freeze all the individual ingredients in our favorite dressing that freezes well. I take a bag and add the wet ingredients and mix. Simply! (This is a bag of partial ingredients for Cafe Rio Lime Ranch Dressing impersonators...heaven in a spoon!)

Now that you have your bins labeled, it's time to organize the freezer! It's time to put it all together!

Your freezer will look a little different than mine, but I'll show you how I put it all together.

My cart labels are:

  • candies
  • Nuts and granola ingredients
  • Raw/marinated meat
  • fish
  • Rape
  • Mexican Meat / Taco
  • Grill
  • prepared meat
  • Carne

I keep the knick-knacks to the side and store the cheese, fruit, pizza toppings, and leftovers in the kitchen freezer.

I love this bread storage basket. With four children we spend our bread so quickly! I always put the bread on the right and shoot on the left.

This candy bin needs to be on top for a shouldn't be around!

I chose a rack without baskets because some things just don't fit well in the baskets.

And yes, we used frozen pizza... You already knew we were regulars, right? I personally don't like frozen pizza (I know I'm so picky!) but my kids do, so feeding them when we're out at night and I don't feel like cooking is perfect.

The aluminum rounds have marinated chicken.I decided to give it a try to see if I liked putting it right in the oven. I have discovered that I prefer bags!

And yes, I buy a lot of pre-packaged meats for those busy nights when I'm tempted to stop by a drive-thru. Drive-thru's are expensive with 6 people, so I rationalize spending a little more on prepared meals knowing that I'll end up saving a lot of money if we eat at home.

For me, that's what the freezer is for, for convenience!

When I bought mine new last year, I went with the gray option. My reasoning was that my whites tended to always look dusty and dirty and I thought the gray might be hiding some of that. And he does! Gain!

That's it, now you know how to organize that freezer. Nothing stands in your way!

Be sure to check out all of our other garage organization posts too!

- An overview of the best strategies to approach the organization of your workshop, with useful tips to improve it.

- Ideas for organizing shelves and pegboards. Shelves are flexible for organizing a lot of things, and pegboards are especially good for organizing tools.

- Utilize the vertical space in your garage and get all that pesky gym equipment off the floor and wall!

How to organize a freezer– Many people have freezers in the garage. Let's get organized too!

REVEAL of my rearranged garage- I finally made the move to make my garage a happy place for me! See every nook and cranny!

How to keep your garage organized- You have worked hard to organize your garage! Now is the time to learn how to keep it that way!

- That's old but good! Find out the various reasons why people accumulate junk in their garage and diagnose YOUR REASON for a garage mess; then you will know how to clean up the mess.

How to Organize a Freezer (In the Garage) - (19)

From my house to yours



How do you layout a freezer? ›

Top shelf: Stack frozen pizzas on the left, then extra bread, and then line up your soups, chilis, and sauces. Next shelf: This is where frozen meals and all your homemade dishes go. Next shelf: Line up all your bags of fruits and veggies on this shelf.

Can a freezer be kept in an unheated garage? ›

Most standard freezers are not designed to be used in extreme weather conditions like an unheated garage. In extremely hot conditions, freezers have to work extra hard to keep items frozen. In cold temperatures below freezing, freezers can shut off.

What food goes where in an upright freezer? ›

What order does food go in the freezer? Meat, poultry and fish should be stored at the bottom of the freezer. They should be kept in containers and not on the same shelf as any other non-meat items. Fruit and vegetables can be placed higher in the freezer, in sealed containers to prevent any leakages.

How do you stack food in the freezer? ›

Use the list below as a guide to help you stack food in your freezer, in the order shown.
  1. Ready to eat foods should be placed at the very top of the freezer (cakes and ice cream)
  2. Next, frozen vegetables.
  3. Cooked meats.
  4. Raw steaks, pork, seafood, fish and eggs.
  5. Raw ground meat.
Dec 27, 2016

How do I get the most space in my freezer? ›

  1. Make DIY magnetic containers. ...
  2. Freeze things flat. ...
  3. Turn plastic magazine files on their side. ...
  4. Lose the boxes. ...
  5. Store your half-used bags on binder clips. ...
  6. Keep a freezer inventory on the side of the freezer.
Dec 22, 2017

Can you put plastic baskets in freezer? ›

Plastic baskets are suitable to use in freezers but make sure they're made with a sturdy material so they don't crack if you put something heavy in them.

Can I use plastic bins in freezer? ›

Freezing Food

Usually, the best plastic container to store frozen food is a moisture-vapor-resistant plastic container with a lid. These plastics are quite safe and can be used for years. On the other hand, you can consider using Pyrex glass containers with lids to freeze, microwave and store food.

How do I maximize space in my upright freezer? ›

  1. Make DIY magnetic containers. ...
  2. Freeze things flat. ...
  3. Turn plastic magazine files on their side. ...
  4. Lose the boxes. ...
  5. Store your half-used bags on binder clips. ...
  6. Keep a freezer inventory on the side of the freezer.
Dec 22, 2017

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Carmelo Roob

Last Updated: 03/26/2023

Views: 6744

Rating: 4.4 / 5 (45 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Carmelo Roob

Birthday: 1995-01-09

Address: Apt. 915 481 Sipes Cliff, New Gonzalobury, CO 80176

Phone: +6773780339780

Job: Sales Executive

Hobby: Gaming, Jogging, Rugby, Video gaming, Handball, Ice skating, Web surfing

Introduction: My name is Carmelo Roob, I am a modern, handsome, delightful, comfortable, attractive, vast, good person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.